Organizing Important Documents

By: Mary Shepherd, Partner Family Coordinator and Kim Kerr, Family Services Manager There are many reasons you, or a loved one, may need to be able to get your hands on important documents.  You may become incapacitated due to an accident or illness, you may have had...

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Global Village Trip 2020

Habitat for Humanity was founded on the belief that every person should have access to safe, affordable housing. This belief has guided our organization since 1976, and it extends to our work across the globe. The week of February 29, 2020, a team of 12...

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If A Natural Disaster Hit…

By: Mary Shepherd, Partner Family Coordinator Several weeks ago Summit County experienced excessive rain and nearby areas were flooded. In mid-August, Summit County experienced high winds which uprooted trees and caused home damage and electric outages. Summit County...

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3 Back to School Saving Tips

Create a Budget Make a plan before you start shopping. You can easily start buying, get carried away and spend more than expected. Don’t let the colorful back to school displays distract you from the items you really need instead of the items that are impulsive...

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5 Easy Ways to Support Habitat for Humanity of Summit County

Do you want to support your community through Habitat for Humanity but don't know how or where to start? Here are the top 5 easiest ways to show your support for our work in your community. It's time to take action, get involved and make a difference in the world. Use...

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Home Inventory

By: Mary Shepherd, Partner Family Coordinator If someone asked you to list all the contents of your home, could you do it?  Even if you could list everything, would you be able to provide detailed information – purchase date, cost, model, serial number?  Those who...

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Homeowner Spotlight: Darlisa

Darlisa officially became a proud Habitat Homeowner at a home dedication ceremony in November of 2016. She is currently is a Branch Service Manager at Huntington National Bank and will start school at Stark State this fall to earn a degree in psychology. Homeownership...

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Fair Housing

By: Mary Shepherd, Partner Family Coordinator “Fair housing” is the right that individuals have for equal housing opportunities. These rights are protected by the Federal Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act protects the right of an individual to choose where he or...

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Food Smart

by Mary Shepherd, HFHSC Family Coordinator Many thrifty homeowners use money-saving strategies when buying groceries at the store. These “food smart” consumers can save even more after the groceries arrive home. The key is to use the purchased food efficiently to...

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Your Home is an Asset

by Mary Shepherd, HFHSC Family & Volunteer Coordinator Your home is an important asset. Owning a home can bring financial rewards as well as personal satisfaction that comes with knowing that you have “A Home of Your Own.” Home ownership provides the homeowner with an...

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Help Your Home Recover from Winter

by Mary Shepherd, HFHSC Family & Volunteer Coordinator Winter weather can be damaging to a home.  Early spring is a good time to inspect your home for damage and plan for home maintenance and repair.  The National Association of Home Builders and Erie Insurance...

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Leather Paint

Next time, don't pass up that leather chair because of a little wear and tear! Find a beautiful chair or couch a ReStore, but it needs a little TLC? The ReStore is filled with chairs, couches, love seats and so much more. Leather paint is a great way to...

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Construction Basics

by Mary Shepherd, HFHSC Family & Volunteer Coordinator Hammer a nail . . . cut wood with a power saw . . . frame a wall . . . trim a window.  These basic construction skills that Habitat for Humanity  partner families learn in class and on the build site not only...

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Saving Energy

by Mary Shepherd, HFHSC Family & Volunteer Coordinator   I recently attended a presentation on energy-saving programs available to residents in Summit County.  I would like to share the information with you now.  I hope you find the information as valuable as I have!...

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Kick Start Your New Year

New Year = New Beginnings.  It’s time to start the New Year feeling refreshed and focused, ready to take on the year ahead.  Consider some of these ideas as you kick-start your New Year.

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DIY Lake Table

Local artist, Norman, built this beautiful piece for our ReStore Flip! Here is how to make your very own Lake Table! The ReStore Flip is a quarterly event at the Summit County ReStore where local artists take a piece of furniture from the ReStore and...

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Fall Landscaping Checklist

By landscape contractor Roger Cook of ThisOldHouse.com "This is prime time to prep your yard for the next growing season," says This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook. Cooling temperatures slow aboveground growth, and moister soil encourages strong root...

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