Habitat for Humanity ReStores play an important role in helping Habitat build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
With nearly 900 stores in 49 states, chances are you’ve come across a Habitat ReStore. If you’ve ever wondered how Habitat ReStores support Habitat for Humanity, you’re in the right place.
How Habitat ReStores serve Habitat
Most Habitat ReStores are owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity offices. The proceeds generated by the stores go back to the Habitat for Humanity offices to be put to work in the local community. Additionally, these funds are used as part of Habitat offices’ tithe that helps provide decent shelter around the world.
When you support your local Habitat ReStore, you help families in your community partner with your local Habitat affiliate and you enable Habitat to work in other parts of the world.
Why Habitat ReStores are unique
If you’ve been to more than one Habitat ReStore, you’ve probably noticed that, unlike many home improvement stores, ReStores all look different. The stores have different layouts and stock different items. In fact, if you’ve visited the same store more than once, you’ve probably noticed that the items for sale change from day to day – or even hour to hour.
This individuality is what makes Habitat ReStore unique. Since stores are run by local Habitat affiliates, each one is specifically catered to best serve its local area. There’s no one-size-fits-all mentality here; every Habitat ReStore knows how to best serve their specific community.
How you can help Habitat ReStores
Inventory changes often at Habitat ReStores because much of the merchandise for sale comes from donations; what is for sale is based on what is donated. If you have been cleaning out your garage or are looking to replace your gently used furniture, Habitat ReStore may be the place for you to donate the items you are no longer using. For other items you can donate, see our article on "8 Things to donate when renovating," and you can even check to see if you can have your donation picked up for free.
After donating at Habitat ReStore, stick around to do a little shopping. Just as your donations provide the items that stores sell, your purchases provide the proceeds that go to provide decent places to live.
Habitat ReStores also are always looking for great volunteers to help in this process. Get in touch with your local Habitat ReStore today to see how you can help by shopping, donating and volunteering.