Habitat Restores building homes, communities

Posted at 8:09 AM, Sep 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-19 08:09:50-04

You know that old couch that doesn’t quite fit the motif of your living room anymore? You know the one.

It’s where your son had his first kiss. It’s where your daughter collapsed for a three-hour nap after coming home to visit from college. Countless movie nights. Endless cuddles. And one perfect groove that you knew meant you were home.

That couch means a lifetime of memories to you, but maybe it could also mean a new home for another family.
Habitat for Humanity, the non-profit that builds homes for families in need, recently opened its fifth ReStore – a retail center that makes scenarios like the one described a reality.

Donate a couch. Buy a new one (at reasonable prices). Go home knowing your money is going to help a family sleep under a roof.

“ReStores are extremely important to the mission because we send a huge amount of funding to build these homes,” Jennifer Miller, a Restore development manager, said. “Without the support of the ReStores we wouldn’t be able to have as big of an impact in our communities.”

You can help Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake by donating too. If you don't have a household item to donate, you can donate money or volunteer hours. 


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The five ReStore locations in the Habitat for Humanity’s Chesapeake region have saved more than 3 million pounds of home goods – furniture, appliances, washers, dryers, the works – from ending up in a landfill.
In 2014, proceeds from the ReStores paid for the construction of 40 homes in the Greater Baltimore area – an increase from the 28 homes that were built in 2013.

“It builds home in our community. It builds families. It builds up neighborhoods,” Miller said.

The five Maryland Restore locations are: Columbia, Dundalk, Halethorpe, Sandtown and its newest location in Glen Burnie.

One hundred percent of store profits are invested in the construction of new homes.

But that’s not all the ReStores do.

Volunteers offer monthly do-it-yourself classes to help improve homes. See more on the Habitat for Humanity Restore blog.  

For more information about the ReStores watch the videos above and check the Habitat for Humanity Restore website.



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