Habitat for Humanity ReStores, Helping Canadians.
November 6, 2008
Habitat for Humanity Canada is a non-profit, charitable organization that builds affordable housing and promotes homeownership for low-income families as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Working through local chapters in 72 communities across Canada, the organization is part of Habitat for Humanity International which has built 300,000 homes globally since 1976.
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are building supply stores throughout Canada that accept donations of new and used building materials which are resold to the public to generate funds for Habitat's building programs and operations. The revenue generated through Habitat for Humanity ReStores supports the work of our local affiliates; this important source of revenue translates directly into stronger affiliates who are able to build more homes, and help more families in their local community.
In addition to supporting Habitat’s affiliates, an important corollary benefit of our ReStore network is its positive environmental impact. In 2007, ReStores were responsible for the diverting over 12,000 tonnes of building products from landfill. By donating end-of-line, or slightly damaged products to the ReStore, many manufacturers and retailers keep usable supplies out of landfill and save the cost of shipping products back to the vendor.
For the consumer, a ReStore is a place to find incredible savings on building materials, furniture and one-of-a-kind pieces. In many cases prices are 75% less than what you would find at retail. Here is what you can expect to find at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore:
• Windows and Doors
• Sinks and Plumbing Supplies
• Carpet and Flooring
• Ceramic Tiles
Here are some of the more unusual items that have been donated to Habitat ReStores:
A complete Cirque du Soleil stage was donated and dismantled in order to give a second life to the materials used in the original construction
The Toronto ReStore recently received a donation of the set materials and props from the Mike Myers film “The Love Guru”. All in all, “The Love Guru” donated 5 trailer loads of very unique items.
A donor who deals in used trailers donates a trailer to the Owen Sound ReStore each year. This donor hooks the trailer to a tractor and hauls his donation for 8 hours just to get it to the ReStore!
Habitat for Humanity’s Mission
The work of Habitat for Humanity is fuelled by the belief that everyone has the right to a safe, decent and affordable place to live. Here in Canada, it is hard to believe that lack of adequate and affordable housing affects 4 million people every day, and is a root cause of a decline in the quality of health, education and well-being of countless Canadians.
Habitat for Humanity is addressing the affordable housing issue with the help of volunteers, donors and like-minded community organizations. Their model for homeownership is unique and sustainable. Habitat partners with low-income families to build homes using donated funds and supplies. Each partner family makes their own investment into the process by contributing 500 hours of “sweat equity” - building their own home or the home of other families. The homes are sold to partner families through a no-interest, no-profit mortgage where monthly payments are set at less than 30% of the family’s income. All mortgage payments are invested back into the Habitat program, enabling the organization to serve even more families.
The impact of owning an affordable home is transformative. Families are able to plant roots and become connected members of a community. Having a space to call their own, aides children in performing better in school and becoming more socially confident. Parents realize financial stability and are able to reduce their reliance on other forms of social assistance; many are able to return to school to upgrade their education.
All of these benefits are made possible through the generosity of donors who support the work of Habitat on many levels. One of the most unique ways that Habitat for Humanity raises funds and awareness is through a chain of retail building supply stores called “ReStore”.
Shop, donate or volunteer at one of 60 local ReStores! Learn more by