The Richmond Register

April 25, 2013

Habitat’s ReStore finds new home in Richmond

By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, currently in Berea, is scheduled to relocate to the Richmond Mall this fall.

Richmond will be a more central location for the ReStore, which serves both Clark and Madison counties, said store manager Emiliano Canete.

The ReStore opened its doors in Berea on Sept. 30, 2007, at the intersection of US 25 and Ellipse Street, where it operates 100 percent off donations, Canete said.

“The reason the ReStore exists is to expand the mission of Habitat,” he said.

Donated building supplies, cabinets, appliances, furniture, electronics and housewares are re-sold in the store at discounted prices.

Last year’s net profits, just short of $100,000, helped to build 1.5 homes, Canete said. “This year, we might even be able to say (it helped build) two.”

Canete said he is confidant the move will allow the ReStore to serve more families. The bulk of its donors come from the Richmond area.

The store will continue its free and professional donation pick-up service in all of Madison and Clark counties, he said.

The ReStore employs two part-time and two full-time employees, but Canete said between five to seven volunteers work in the store every day.

Once they begin relocating, Canete will again rely on volunteers to help paint, build counters and organize the merchandise, he said.

Before its doors close in Berea, the ReStore will have a sale to liquidate its merchandise so it can start out fresh at the Richmond location.

“We’re super excited,” Canete said. “It’s like a fresh canvas – we’ll have a simple, modest, beautiful store.”

Founded in 1992, Habitat for Humanity has partnered with volunteers, donors and families to build “safe, decent affordable housing,” said Judy Flavell, executive director.

The local Habitat for Humanity affiliate has built 98 homes so far – 15 in Clark County and 83 in Madison County, she said.

Volunteers provide most of the labor, she said, while individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to built Habitat homes.

The organization’s 1,581 volunteers include individuals, construction professionals, college groups and church members. They also serve on family selection, construction and ReStore committees.

For volunteer opportunities, contact volunteer coordinator Wendy Metcalf at 625-9208.

Crystal Wylie can be reached at cwylie@richmondregister.com or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.