As released by Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area:

Successful Habitat for Humanity ReStore Is One Year Old

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area ReStore will celebrate its first anniversary this Saturday, August 23rd.  The Grand Opening ceremony for a ReStore took place a year ago with the store, which sells donated household items and other goods, opening its doors for the first time at 800 Paxton Street in Harrisburg.  The ReStore serves all of Central Pennsylvania.

So, with one year in the books, how is the ReStore doing? 

“Terrific,” says ReStore Manager Bill Wood.  “We have had a wonderful first year and we have passed all of our target goals.  The donations and the sales both passed first year standards set by Habitat International. In addition to earning operating funds for Harrisburg Habitat for Humanity, we have logged over 6,000 volunteer hours, and diverted over 200 tons of materials from the landfill.”

Nationwide, Habitat International tracks the activities of 830 Habitat for Humanity ReStores.  The “experts” from Habitat International visited Harrisburg to take a closer look. Suzy Kennerly, of Habitat for Humanity International’s ReStore Support Group was impressed.

“You can be extremely proud of what is happening here in Harrisburg’s ReStore,” Kennerly told the local Habitat’s Board of Directors at a recent meeting.  “The success that the store had had in its first year passes some stores which have been open for 8 to 10 years. This is a tribute to the great staff in place as well wonderful community involvement.  This facility is trending in a way that could mean huge success in the next few years.”

Kennerly pointed out that the success of the store happened in spite of several negative factors.  Those factors included the Harrisburg ReStore did not have its own truck to

make pick-ups (A truck was donated a few weeks ago); overall it was a financially tough year in the general economy and this region experienced one of its worst winters, weather-wise, in recent memory.

This is all good news to Bill Wood, but what has him is excited is how the ReStore has affected the environment and community reaction.

“According to Habitat’s calculations, this ReStore has diverted more than 240 tons of materials from local landfills,” said Wood.  “Just think about what we will be able to do in future years as well.  Another remarkable feat for us this first year is that the ReStore logged more than 1,000 donations from individuals and businesses.  Everything we do here at Habitat depends on people thinking ReStore when they have items to donate. It is working.”

Wood says that there will be a simple celebration of the one year anniversary, but nothing major.  “Keep a look out this week as you may see some great deals and bargains coming up to commemorate our special day”

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area’s goal is to eliminate poverty housing in Central Pennsylvania through new builds, re-habs and critical home repairs.  More than 350 families have been helped since the local affiliate was founded in 1986. Everything raised for Habitat stays right here in the area.  If more information is needed, visit our web site at www.harrisburghabitat.org/restore

Tara Leo Auchey

Tara Leo Auchey

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