Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives! Looking For A New Venture?

Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives!
Looking For A New Venture?

Are you an action-minded person, looking for a new venture . . . something to keep your mind and hands busy?
Are you a retired retailer? A marketing or advertising professional? Maybe you were in the building trades? Real estate? Legal field? Financial? Some other exciting job?
Or maybe you are not retired! Maybe you are still working and are willing to lend your expertise to an exciting project?
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County needs action-minded people like you to help form a task force for an exciting new venture. It's called the Habitat ReStore.
A Habitat ReStore is a home improvement store that accepts donations of overstocked, discontinued, new or used home improvement products donated by businesses or individuals, and re-sells these products to the general public as substantially reduced prices.
You might ask, "Why open a ReStore?" Well, a Re-Store can help our community in three ways.
First, a ReStore will provide funds to the local Habitat affiliate through sale of this merchandise, which will be used in Habitat's quest to provide simple, decent, affordable housing to families in Washington County.
Second, a ReStore will provide building materials at reduced prices to the general public. This allows the citizenry to keep their home in good condition while saving them money.
And third, a ReStore provides a method for building materials and home products to be reused rather than being dumped into our landfill. As you know, land fills are filling up rapidly, and trash fees are continuing to rise, not to mention what it's doing to the environment.
"A ReStore is a Win-win-win for the community, the environment and Habitat for Humanity," said Sherry Brown Cooper, Executive Director of the local affiliate. "We believe this phase of the Habitat operation is long overdue for this community. ReStore will help Habitat address the critical issue of inadequate housing for many more low-income families."
The goal of Habitat for Humanity is to assist low-income families in building their own decent, affordable homes. Habitat families put in 500 hours of "sweat equity" helping to build their house and other Habitat houses, giving them knowledge about the construction and a greater sense of pride in their home.
Families make payments to Habitat on a no-profit, no-interest mortgage loan, which goes to help build other Habitat homes. Habitat's Family Services Committee guides families through the process and has aided family members in obtaining better paying jobs with medical insurance, getting their GEDs, enrolling in college courses, and in helping their children to do better in school.
ReStore will be another tool to help Habitat continue to help these families. If you are interested in becoming part of this task force, you are invited to attend an informational meeting Tuesday, October 23 at 6:00 pm at the Habitat office, 20 S. Prospect St. in Hagerstown.
To RSVP for the meeting, or if you are interested but cannot attend the meeting, please contact Kathy Powderly at the Habitat office, 301-791-9009, ext. 11, or Kathy.hfhwc@verizon.net.

William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.