It’s well-known that the goal of Habitat for Humanity is to end poverty housing worldwide. This non-profit organization is also a leader in sustainability.
Through its ReStores, operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, homes and businesses can upgrade responsibly. ReStores are non-profit, home improvement stores and donation centers that keep resuable items out of landfills.
ReStores accept gently used doors, cabinets, windows, light fixtures, flooring, appliances and furniture. Tax deductible receipts are provided for all donations, and items are sold to the public at deeply discounted prices.
“ReStores, the Home Improvement Stores that Build Homes, are one of the main fundraising mechanisms for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County,” said Cheri Ikerd, vice president of marketing and communications for Habitat for Humanity of Orange County (Habitat OC).
Habitat OC operates two ReStores, one in Anaheim and one in Santa Ana. Donations are accepted at the stores, or through scheduled on-site pickups.
Homeowners and business owners who are remodeling can also save money by using Habitat OC’s DeConstruct Services Team. Many contractors charge for removal, but Habitat OC will professionally remove items for a small, tax-deductible donation.
“The DeConstruct Services Team safely removes good quality, resusable materials from homes and businesses in Orange County,” said Ikerd.
The treasures at Habitat OC ReStores range from practical, everyday items to extraordinary, one-of-a-kind finds. Recently, Citrix donated nearly 1000 pieces of IKEA furniture that were purchased for its 2014 Synergy Conference and no longer needed.
Another treasure recently donated was an original John Robert Dickhaus oil on canvas painting, valued at $6,250, currently being offered in a silent auction at the Anaheim ReStore during the week of August 18 – 24. The starting bid is $200.
Every purchase and donation funds the build of affordable Habitat for Humanity of Orange County homes. Qualified, limited-income families are able to buy a home by investing 500 hours of “sweat equity,” paying closing costs, a 1% down payment, and a long-term, affordable, non-profit mortgage.
“Some families of four, five or six people go from living in a one-bedroom apartment to owning a two or three bedroom home, and the home ownership changes their lives forever, for generations to come,” said Ikerd.
For more information about Habitat OC ReStores, DeConstruct Services, or World Habitat Day, please visit www.habitatoc.org