What is a Habitat ReStore?
This Habitat for Humanity ReStore is proudly owned and operated by Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Volusia to serve our mission of building homes, communities and hope. At the Habitat ReStore, our staff and volunteers happily accept donations of new and gently used items. We sell those items to treasure hunters and bargain shoppers alike to raise money for our mission of eliminating substandard housing. The Habitat ReStore provides a more affordable avenue for home improvement projects, all while keeping tons of perfectly good items from ending up in the landfill.
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History of the Habitat ReStore
The Habitat ReStore concept started in 1991 as Habitat affiliates began to receive donations of building materials and household goods that donors thought could be used in Habitat homes. Though the generosity was greatly appreciated, it proved impractical to redesign blueprints to fit the dimension of specific doors, windows and cabinet sets that had been donated. Instead, Habitat affiliates began selling these donated items to the public and using the proceeds to cover costs of homebuilding. Currently, there are nearly 800 Habitat ReStores in the United States. Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Volusia was founded in 1990, and our Habitat ReStore opened in December of 1993.
Our Habitat ReStore has seen many changes through the years, from the types of donations we receive to the different volunteers that have given so graciously of their time, our loyal customers, some of which have shopped here from our beginning and are still our loyal customers today, along with a facelift-beautification project that included a Grand Re-Opening on November 19, 2011, as an official Habitat branded "ReStore". But the one most important thing that never changes is our mission to raise the much needed funding to support the homebuilding and renovation projects here in our community.