Celebrating our ReStores!
July 5, 2019
“I witness the true reflection of the community’s generosity while working at the Habitat ReStores. From the material donations and the volunteers who give their time, to the customers who support our work in creating affordable housing,” shares James, a Habitat Denver ReStore employee.
In 2004, Habitat Denver opened our very first ReStore in Denver. The concept is to provide low-cost home improvement resources to the community, while also supporting our local programs like Homeownership, Home Repair, and CAPABLE Aging-in-Place.
What started out as a single thift store location has grown over the years into a thriving retail operation with five stores spanning metro Denver. We now have ReStores in Denver, Aurora, Wheatridge, Littleton, and Highlands Ranch.
You can visit your nearest Habitat ReStore and shop for low-cost home improvement items or you can drop off donations like gently used furniture, appliances, cabinets, flooring and more.
The ReStores' success is due in part to its dedicated groups of Core Volunteers. One of our first ReStore volunteers, Betsy Beatty described her role as being a "hardcore Habitat volunteer." Core Volunteers assist customers, organize merchadise, and lend varied types of expertise to the assembly, layout and repair of inventory. However, beyond the obvious nuts-and-bolts work, each of our ReStore Core Volunteers share a common thread of commitment to Habitat's mission.
As Art Watson, a retired pharmacist, said, "I believe in this stuff. Homeownership leads to a better community." Jack Markey, another original Core Volunteer said that he volunteers "at a variety of jobs in order to stay fit, alert, and alive, and to assist others in doing the same."