Thursday, 28 September 2017 17:32

Route 9 Habitat for Humanity ReStore Opens

Photo by Larry Goodwin.

MOREAU – The Southern Adirondack ReStore of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties will open to the general public with a grand opening the first week of October.

Sustained largely by a dedicated team of volunteers, the Southern Adirondack ReStore is a Habitat for Humanity-style thrift shop selling new and gently used home furnishings, decorative accessories, lighting, appliances, building materials and more.

There will be a ribbon cutting on Monday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m., after which the doors will be officially open. The new ReStore, located at 1373 Route 9 in Moreau (next to outdoor equipment supplier Emerich Sales and Service), will be the first in the tri-county region. 

The public is invited to attend the grand opening, tour the nearly 7,000-square-foot ReStore and shop for bargains anytime during the weeklong celebration. Each day the ReStore will be running special promotions and activities.

Local donations made by generous people—including businesses, decorators, contractors and homeowners—support Habitat for Humanity's work and mission throughout the region. Proceeds of every sale go towards building and maintaining affordable homes and revitalizing neighborhoods in the community.

Every year, through the efforts of its volunteers, Habitat is able to provide affordable home improvement items and furniture to local families, while also diverting usable materials from local landfills.

“Thanks to the overwhelming support of the members of Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties, we've been able to develop the affiliate to provide even more services to the community. While providing the means to recycle unneeded furniture and home goods, the ReStore will provide revenue to fund more home builds, as well as stimulating commerce in the area,” said Tammy DiCara, president of the affiliate. 

The ReStore does not take donations of clothing. Other household items, building materials, lighting and appliances are welcomed. Those who wish to donate items may call 518-793-7484 to inquire about scheduling a pick up; or drop off items to the ReStore during its operating hours Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., or by appointment. All donations to the ReStore are tax deductible.

Habitat homes are built using primarily volunteer labor. In order to quality for a home, each family is required to contribute 500 hours of “sweat equity” in the construction process. Habitat partner families then purchase the home with a no-interest equivalent, 30-year mortgage. Mortgage payments are recycled into a “Fund for Humanity” where all payments are directed towards future Habitat projects. The investment in every Habitat home is leveraged to assist others in need; every dollar is truly an investment in the community.

“The ReStore is all about building capacity—additional homes built, additional partner families, additional employees supporting affordable housing in the community,“ said Executive Director Adam Feldman.  

“As our largest fundraising and outreach endeavor to date, the Southern Adirondack ReStore will power our build-and-development mission throughout our entire service region. Key to our success, are the many volunteers and donors that work and provide goods and services to ReStore, allowing us to minimize costs, maximize sales and drive more dollars back into community development and enrichment,” said Charlie Burd, the ReStore manager.

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