HABITAT ReStore in Ann Arbor celebrates partnerships

Retail business has raised $1 million for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley

By Meredith Bruckner - Community News Producer

Members of U-M's Navy ROTC volunteer at the ReStore (Photo: Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley)

ANN ARBOR - Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley has raised $1 million toward affordable homeownership since opening its Habitat ReStore at 17 Aprill Drive.

Operating since 2006, all net proceeds from the retailer are re-invested in Washtenaw County through the nonprofit's Home Ownership Program.

On Dec. 12, the University of Michigan Navy ROTC will be volunteering. For more than three years, U-M Navy ROTC has been partnering with the ReStore, and each time they bring approximately 50 volunteers. So far this year, they have already contributed 180 hours of volunteer work at the retail store.

“Michigan’s Naval ROTC program loves the opportunity that Habitat for Humanity gives us to make an impact on our community and support such an important mission,” said Navy ROTC volunteer Helen Galliani.

U-M Navy ROTC volunteers (Photo: Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley)

Habitat's ReStore is open to the public 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and features 15,000 square feet of retail space. It has also diverted more than 8,700 tons of waste material by recycling household goods for sale to the public since it opened.

“The ReStore is an incredibly important arm of Habitat, helping the general public to improve their homes by purchasing gently used materials, helping Habitat generate important revenue to support our mission, all while employing residents and utilizing volunteers in important work,” said Sarah Stanton, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley executive director.

Over the years, many local companies have partnered with Habitat, including:

Interested in donating to the ReStore? It is always looking for three items in particular: appliances, furniture and kitchen/bathroom cabinet sets. The items may be gently used.

To arrange a free pickup, call 734-323-7028 or schedule online by visiting www.annarborrestore.org.

About Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley

"Established in 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley has built or renovated over 200 homes in Washtenaw County. Habitat homeowners qualify for an affordable mortgage from Habitat, make a $1,000 down payment, and put in at least 250 hours (per adult household member) of “sweat equity” building their home. Habitat has expanded to provide home-improvement projects to low-income families in neighborhoods we already target, providing over 500 such projects since 2011."

For more information, visit www.h4h.org.

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