Habitat for Humanity: ReStore celebrates 5 year anniversary
The 5 year anniversary of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore Lincoln location welcomed customers in with a taco truck and the Eagle Rocks radio presence.
The store accepts furniture and appliance donations and uses the proceeds they make from the resale value to help build low income homes for those in need.
“The funds go back to our community, so basically all the houses that are built, the money stays here locally, the money goes toward building the homes, and the more money that the store makes, the more houses that we can build,” ReStore associate, Ginger Crandall said.
Shoppers came in bundles and they say it was a good environment.
“I’m in here to buy smaller furniture because my apartment is pretty little, so i have found a couple pieces and i enjoy coming here because the changeover in furniture or whatever is great,” Local Nebraskan, Mary Nemec said.
Mary Nemec has been shopping here since she moved into a retirement community a couple months ago and says she stays true to the idea they convey.
“I even want to donate some furniture, so that’ll help them out,” Nemec said.
Those people who get helped out by this community effort often come back to the store and do volunteer work to show their thanks.
“The thing that I love the most about being here is they actually put in sweat equity, so we get the opportunity to meet the people that are going to be in those homes,” Crandall said.
Through this non–profit organization, applicants who win the home still pay for the home as an affordable investment and do not have to go through a bank or 3rd party for the purchase.
“The coolest thing is too, is when they have young ones and they come in and just seeing how excited these kids are to have their own bedroom, it’s something that a lot of people i don’t think, think about,” Crandall said.
Mary said the 5 year celebration couldn’t have happened at a better time, considering it’s football Saturday and people are out.