Habitat for Humanity ReStore to move to larger location

Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County executive director Lynne Punnett accepts a donation from Kiwanis Club president Mike Jacobitz and Kiwanis member Dusty Steele to fund the Habitat ReStore's move to a larger location.

Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County executive director Lynne Punnett accepts a donation from Kiwanis Club president Mike Jacobitz and Kiwanis member Dusty Steele to fund the Habitat ReStore's move to a larger location.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store that benefits Habitat for Humanity projects in Lenawee County, is moving to a larger space with help from the Kiwanis Club of Adrian.

The ReStore will move from its current 3,300-square-foot location at 2811 Treat Highway to a 12,000-square-foot building next to Rally’s on U.S. 223 by the end of 2015, according to a news release. Kiwanis is providing $50,000 for the modifications needed to make the building suitable for the expanded ReStore.

Market studies by Habitat for Humanity International showed great potential with an expanded store in Lenawee County. Habitat began planning an expansion of the ReStore over a year ago, but has been waiting for the right location. The new space became available after Carpet Outlet Plus consolidated its warehouses.

The Kiwanis Club of Adrian supports programs and community initiatives that contribute to significant economic, educational and recreational improvements in Adrian. As the club’s Community Impact Committee considered how to have the greatest impact, they were intrigued by Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative and spent time gaining an understanding of that program’s objective. Kiwanis members felt an investment in the ReStore would help to fund home rehabilitations and repairs for many years, rather than funding a one-time project.

“The Kiwanis Club of Adrian is delighted to be able to partner with Habitat in this exciting project,” said Kiwanis Club president Mike Jacobitz. “Our club membership was especially taken with the potential to multiply our investment with the new ReStore’s ability to turn materials that would otherwise be disposed of, into an additional income stream for Habitat. The idea that older homes will be rehabilitated and that building materials will be kept out of our landfills are additional and significant benefits to the program.”

In Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, blighted properties in a smaller, targeted area are rehabilitated. These homes are then sold to families through Habitat’s no-profit mortgage program, as well as assisting other homeowners in that same area with critical repairs.

Habitat of Lenawee must raise $35,000 locally for every home it rehabs, and the ReStore raises money for those efforts.

The new ReStore will be nearly four times the size of the current store.

For information about donating items to the ReStore, call 517-266-0746 or email restore@habitat-lenawee.org. Donations from retailers who need to unload seasonal or backdated stock are also welcome.

  • 1Wolverine

    This is absolutely wonderful news. Thank you Kiwanians.