Santa Rosa Beach, FL –– Habitat for Humanity of Walton County ReStore is excited to invite the public to the official groundbreaking ceremony for their new location on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 9 a.m. at 2260 U.S. Hwy. 98 West on the northside of the highway between Publix and Veteran’s Parkway. Help them raise the roof on this new location and support their mission of giving everyone a decent place to call home. Following the groundbreaking, guests are invited to a celebratory brunch at Grayton Beer Brewpub at 10 a.m.
Habitat ReStores are independently owned reuse stores operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations that accept donations and sell home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The donation centers sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home goods, building materials and more. The profits from the sales go directly to the funding of the local Habitat for Humanity.
Currently, the Walton County ReStore is located in a leased building of approximately 2,500 sq. ft. and simply does not provide adequate space to house the current level of operation and provides no room for growth. Often, ReStore employees are forced to turn away donations due to lack of space to store them.
“I am excited for what this new ReStore will not only mean for our organization, but our area,” said Teresa Imdieke, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Walton County. “We have long outgrown our current facility and look forward to serving more families and our community in this new facility.”
The new ReStore building will be 18,500 sq. ft., providing much-needed room for growth. Habitat for The new facility will consolidate the donation center, warehouse and retail departments, administration and construction center all in one location. Donations that currently sit out in the elements will be housed in the 12,000 sq. ft. warehouse, therefore reducing loss, and providing the opportunity to expand their inventory and greatly increase Habitat for Humanity’s ability to resell, reuse and recycle donations.
The revenue from the ReStore funds Habitat for Humanity’s operational and administrative costs, so 100 percent of every dollar donated to Habitat for Humanity of Walton County goes directly to building houses. No donation is ever used for administrative costs. The new and expanded ReStore is projected to increase revenue three-fold during the first few years.
“The ReStore plays such an integral part in the realization of the dream of home ownership. It is humbling every time you see a family get the keys to their home or the faces of the kids when they see their own bedroom for the first time,” said J.L. Franklin, project coordinator for the new ReStore. “Simply put, more space, more donations, more customers, more revenue, more profit, more houses built and more families with their dream of a home fulfilled.”
Complimentary transportation to and from the groundbreaking site will be provided by GoVetted. Attendees should park on the west side of the South Walton Publix’s parking lot. GoVetted has combined the convenience of a rideshare app with the quality of a professional driving service. Users can download the app to schedule rides, choose drivers, and get on-demand service from vetted drivers.
Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally, statewide, and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
Habitat ReStore is the place Walton County area homeowners get quality construction materials and household items at bargain prices. Your contributions to Habitat ReStore means materials are kept in use instead of thrown into the landfill. Donate materials, and household items to ReStore and avoid hauling costs, plus receive a tax deduction.