If you’re anything like me, you made plans to do some work on your home over the summer. Maybe you wanted to redo the floors, replace the sink in the bathroom, or add some much-needed counter space in your kitchen.
But, then, you saw the prices of everything you needed at the home improvement stores and decided against getting anything done this summer. Well, you still have time, and there is a place where you can get everything you need and support a great cause at the same time.
Have you heard of Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity is an international nonprofit housing organisation that works in cities across American, and seventy other countries, building homes for those in need.
With Habitat for Humanity the future homeowner helps build their home alongside volunteers, and then they pay an affordable mortgage. For many, this is their only path towards home ownership.
Locally, Habitat for Humanity has built homes for local veterans and is currently accepting applications for their next home in Horizon City.
How does Habitat for Humanity get the funds to build these homes? Like the home they built in Mesquite Hills, they rely on donations. There is one other avenue by which Habitat gets those needed funds to build homes, and that is the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Nancy Gomez, who works at the ReStore, says, “we sell donated goods to help bring in profits to help build homes and do remodels for low income and others who need assistance.”
The ReStore sales everything you need, as well as items you didn’t know you needed until you discover them: doors, carpet, floor tile, furniture and more. In fact, almost everything in my home has come from the ReStore!
“Our local store,” says Nancy Gomez, “takes in anything as long as it’s not torn up or broken.”
They don’t take things like mattresses, clothing, dishwashers, or older electronics, but everything else can be donated! Leftover building supplies can be found within the store, couches, dining tables, lighting fixtures, paint, and more.
What happens is that individuals and companies donate items to the El Paso Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Those items are then sold, at discounts. Those items, when sold, help to eliminate substandard housing as well as help others become first-time homeowners.
It’s shopping that supports a cause and won’t wreck your bank account. As I said, everything in my house has come from the ReStore: in my living-room, I have chairs, tables, a bookcase and more that came from the ReStore. My dinette set is from the ReStore. When I had to replace the toilet in the bathroom, that came from the ReStore.
Now, not everything is left over from construction sites, or found in the back of a garage and donated, though many items are. Companies like Home Depot have donated new items to the ReStore, Lowe’s, BMC and others have donated new items as well.
“We help people find housing one family at a time,” said Nancy Gomez.
Now you no longer have an excuse. The kids are going back to school, and you may have some time on your hands, and you just think that you do need to add that counter space. Maybe you think that you need a couple of new chairs to add to the spare bedroom.
Whatever you may be looking to do, give the Habitat for Humanity ReStore a look. Everything is 30-40% off retail. I promise you; you’ll be glad you took the trip.
If you also want to help support them in their work, you can! “People can volunteer here; they can make donations. They can ask the office how to volunteer on home builds or bathroom conversions. There are lots of ways to help,” said Nancy Gomez.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 11221 Rojas Drive. They are open on Monday from 10 to 2, and Tuesday to Saturday from 9 to 6. You can also call 915-706-5060.
Tell ‘em ReStore Steven sent you!