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Nevada County Habitat for Humanity's ReStore offers low-cost improvements


Habitat for Humanity not only offers the opportunity for low-income families to afford a home but also materials and equipment for those in need of improving their home at an affordable cost.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore opened in 2003 and began as a small 8,000-square-foot building, before expanding to a 20,000-square-foot building in 2010 located at 12359 Loma Rica Drive, Grass Valley.

The store sells donated home appliances and building materials, from toilets and countertops to lumber and roofing materials.

“A lot of people build a project and have leftover items and don’t necessarily have warehouses to store those things,” said Nevada County Habitat for Humanity Development Coordinator Lorraine Larson.

“It also gives low-income families a place to go if they want to fix up their house. It becomes a place for folks to buy some unusual treasures. You wouldn’t believe some of the things we get.”

“In a nutshell,” said general manager Danny Childs, “everything related to home improvement projects. That includes furniture, appliances, doors, windows, tools, paint, electrical plumbing, pretty much everything having to do with home improvement projects.”

Inventory is sold at pennies on the dollar and the revenue directly supports building efforts in Nevada County.

“I wake up in the morning and do something good every day,” Childs said. “Every used toilet we know is one dollar closer to building another affordable home.”

The profits from the ReStore total about $170,000 annually and go toward homebuilding and administrative costs, and also keep about 500 tons annually out of landfills, Larson said.

The ReStore has nine employees and three to four volunteers at any given time who operate customer service and related tasks, said Childs.

The store hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and donations are accepted 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

“When a donor is contributing to Habitat, they’re not only contributing to the family, but the stability of the organization so we can continue to do the work in Nevada County,” Larson said.

Pickups are also available within five to seven business days of the request and must be in the perimeter of western Nevada County.

Donation items must be in such a quality that they can be resold, Childs said.

For a complete list of donation guidelines, visit http://www.nchabitat.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=172&Itemid=115.

For information, contact the ReStore at 530-274-3761 or email info@nchabitat.org.

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email jterman@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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