ReStore News

ReStore News

Now accepting donated items

 

Creative Projects with ReStore Items

Check out this helpful  video: Repurposing furniture at the Habitat ReStore

with Steve Thomas by clicking on the image below.

 

Habitat ReStore Team Featured  in VT Business Magazine

 

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity has announced their team at Vermont’s first Habitat for Humanity ReStore located in Williston. Since opening the store in September 2012, their dedicated staff and volunteers have collected used (and some new) building materials, appliances, furniture, and home goods to resell to the public. The proceeds are then used to build new Habitat homes in northwest Vermont. “What otherwise would have been thrown away, will now help build new lives for deserving families,” explains Sara Munro, Director of Advancement. “To date, we’ve kept 119,000 pounds of usable materials out of Vermont’s landfills.” Habitat’s ReStore created 2.5 full time equivalent positions for three professional paid staff. This includes expanding hours for their administrative bookkeeper and two new positions at the ReStore held by: Jonathon Goldhammer, Habitat ReStore Manager: Jonathon joined the Habitat team in June 2012 to launch the ReStore program. He brings extensive knowledge of building trades and retail management through his past positions with Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s Weatherization Program and Bosch Thermotechnology. His entrepreneurial experience as a small business owner has instilled an innovative spirit to this new venture for Habitat. “I enjoy developing strategies and partnerships to implement this new social enterprise,” he says. “More importantly, I am dedicated to the positive environmental and social impact ReStore brings to our communities by turning unwanted materials into funds for quality, energy efficient homes for families.” Dan Mullin, Habitat ReStore Assistant Manager: A 2012 graduate of Johnson State College, Dan began his service with Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer intern last year. He quickly showed his dedication to Habitat’s mission as their first ReStore Driver before being promoted to ReStore Assistant Manager in December 2012. In addition to working with Habitat, Dan is a volunteer firefighter with Essex Fire and Rescue. For 29 years, Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity has built or rehabbed 60 homes for local families in need. Working in partnership with low-income families and using volunteer labor as much as possible, they build sturdy but inexpensive houses which are then sold to selected families at cost at no profit and no interest loans. All mortgage payments are made to GMHfH and contribute to a revolving fund to help build more homes. Over the past two years, GMHfH received national recognition for their Passive House Initiative that built the first modular home to meet Passive Home Standards in the United States. Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. A non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, they welcome people of all backgrounds to join in to help eliminate poverty housing in Vermont. GMHfH has built homes in Burlington, Charlotte, Huntington, Hinesburg, Milton, Monkton, Winooski, and Williston. They also build homes in Lamoille, Franklin, and Grande Isle Counties in partnership with their affiliate’s chapters in those areas. For more information or to donate or volunteer, visit www.vermonthabitat.org.

There’s something new to Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity

ReStore meeting to discuss achievements and future goals

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity is reaching for a higher level of commitment to providing affordable homes to working families in northwest Vermont. To meet the financial needs that come with building more homes each year, we are launching the “Habitat for Humanity ReStore.” This social enterprise will provide ongoing, stable funding as well as keep usable buildings materials out of landfills and give our community a new outlet for affordable home improvement supplies.

Read more about this landmark program for our affiliate below. In the coming weeks, we will add more information and pages to our website. In the meantime, you may contact us for more information at 802-857-5296 or email restore@vermonthabitat.org.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Think of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore as a home improvement thrift store. We will sell quality used materials as well as new items. The magic of the Habitat ReStore is that hidden treasures will arrive everyday. This store will join nearly 800 Habitat for Humanity ReStores across the country. Last year, these stores generated $77 million for affordable housing. We will be Vermont’s first. Together, we all raise funds for affordable homes for deserving families.

Our goals for Habitat ReStore:

– Increase the capacity and sustainability of Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity to

produce affordable homes in Chittenden County each year

– Divert usable building materials from local landfills by working in cooperation with other reuse programs and Chittenden Solid Waste District

– Provide the community with a source of low-cost home improvement materials

– Create jobs and volunteer opportunities

Many of you know that Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity’s (GMHfH) history with reselling building materials began with our Franklin-Grand Isle chapter two years ago. Working out of a donated warehouse in Highgate, volunteers organize sales twice per month. This has raised significant funds for affordable homebuilding. We know that a Chittenden County option will be a great self-sustaining funding source that will make us more independent on changes in grant funding and annual giving (although both will still be important).

Habitat for Humanity ReStore will also have a positive environmental impact. More than 20% of waste in Vermont’s landfills consists of building materials. With free pick-up, we will help businesses, contractors, and homeowners divert reusable items from landfills, save them dumping fees, and give them a tax deduction. Those who wish to “build green” will learn how to reuse items that they find in Habitat ReStore.

Our Habitat ReStore truck is ready to pick-up YOUR items NOW. The store will be located at 528 Essex Road/Route 2A just up the hill from Agway in the former First Quality carpets location. The doors will open to the public on September 8, 2012, but we are taking donated items now!  Please continue to visit our website as more information is added, email restore@vermonthabitat.org or call us at 802-857-5296.