Every year Habitat for Humanity International compiles statistics from Habitat affiliates all over the globe. The total amount of houses built, repaired or worked on by Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the world topped 120,000 this past year. Here in Cleveland County we built one house from the ground up and rehabbed two houses to move families into. We are currently about halfway through two more houses in Norman. Next up, things are really gonna get going as we hope to build 10 new houses in the damaged areas of Moore. Check out the annual report here:
What the heck is a ReStore anyway?
Well, a ReStore can be many things. It is a thrift store, hardware store, appliance store, furniture store, recycling center and volunteer destination. It is also a store that has a direct impact on the well being of the community it serves. To wrap it up in a bow and put it in a mission statement:
A Habitat ReStore is a home goods store, open to the public, that supports the services provided by its local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. The income generated from the ReStore goes specifically toward expanding and supporting the home building program of the local Habitat affiliate. The ReStore recycles overstocked, discontinued, new, and used building materials donated by manufacturers, stores, contractors and individuals. These donated items are sold to the public or used in construction of Habitat houses. All revenue from sales of these materials goes to the local affiliate in support of its building program.
Other benefits of having a ReStore in your community are that it supports the low income community by providing inexpensive building materials and home goods to the general public. The ReStore also promotes local recyclilng and reuse just by it's very existence. By donating to the ReStore you are keeping usable material out of the landfill.
When you shop at the ReStore, everybody wins!