Habitat for Humanity to Breaks Ground on New ReStore Location

Updated: May 14

Santa Rosa Beach, FL –– More than 60 community leaders, donors, volunteers and staff members gathered in Santa Rosa Beach on Feb. 5 to celebrate the official groundbreaking at the future home of Habitat for Humanity of Walton County ReStore. The new location, set to open in late 2020, is located at 2260 U.S. Hwy. 98 West on the northside of the highway between Publix and Veteran’s Parkway. Following the groundbreaking, guests were invited to a celebratory brunch at Grayton Beer Brewpub where Habitat for Humanity launched a $3.1 million capital campaign to fund the new Restore location.

“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.”

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.

The new location would not have been possible without the support of Impact 100, which awarded Habitat for Humanity of Walton County a $123,000 grant in 2016, which was used to make the down payment for the land. The new ReStore building will be 18,500 sq. ft., providing much-needed room for growth. The new facility will consolidate services under one roof, including an air-conditioned showroom, donation center, warehouse and administrative offices. Additionally, customers will appreciate more parking space and loading docks. 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. 

“We project that the new ReStore will enable us to triple our profits in just a few years, enabling us to build more houses for the hardworking families of Walton County,”  said J.L. Franklin, project coordinator for the new ReStore. “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.”

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. A special thanks is extended to GoVetted, which provided complimentary transportation to and from the parking lot to the groundbreaking site. 

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, please visit www.waltoncountyhabitat.org. For more information about the Raise our Roof capital campaign or to make a pledge, please contact J.L Franklin at  jl@waltoncountyhabitat.org or 850-306-0234.

[PHOTO CAPTION] Community supporters gathered to break ground at the location for the new ReStore. Pictured (l-r): J. L. Franklin, Project Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County; Bill Rennicke Construction Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County; Emily Cowan, Vice President of Member Services, CHELCO; Tami Groth,  President, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County Board of Directors; John Russell, President, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation; Cindy McCue, President, Impact 100; Kay Crawford, member, Impact 100; Steve Buffington, Chairman, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County ReStore 2020 Committee; Joe Kerns, Store Manager, Publix Super Markets; Teresa Imdieke, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County.

#### 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.

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