What is a Habitat ReStore?
This Habitat for Humanity ReStores located in Lansing and Williamston are proudly owned and operated by Habitat for Humanity Capital Region to serve our mission of building homes, communities, and hope. At the Habitat ReStores, our staff and volunteers happily accept donations of new and gently-used items. We sell those items to treasure hunters and bargain shoppers alike to raise money for our mission of eliminating substandard housing. The Habitat ReStore provides a more affordable avenue for home improvement projects, all while keeping tons of perfectly good items from ending up in the landfill.
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History of the Habitat ReStore
The Habitat ReStore concept started in 1991 as Habitat affiliates began to receive donations of building materials and household goods that donors thought could be used in Habitat homes. Though the generosity was greatly appreciated, it proved impractical to redesign blueprints to fit the dimension of specific doors, windows and cabinet sets that had been donated. Instead, Habitat affiliates began selling these donated items to the public and using the proceeds to cover costs of homebuilding. Currently, there are nearly 800 Habitat ReStores in the United States. Habitat for Humanity Capital Region (formerly Lansing) was founded in 1987 and the Lansing ReStore opened in 2000.