Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Habitat’s resale stores and donation centers, are celebrating 10 years in Milwaukee this month. Since 2006, Milwaukee’s ReStores have funded the construction of 25 Milwaukee Habitat homes by reselling donated home goods to the public. Donations of furniture, appliances, and cabinetry by local individuals and businesses have made it possible for 25 Milwaukee families to achieve their dream of owning their own homes.
The generosity of these residents and businesses are to thank, notes Milwaukee ReStore Director, Larry Starkey, “We had more than 10,000 donations either dropped off at our stores or picked up by our trucks last year. By reselling those donations we built five homes in Milwaukee and seven homes abroad in 2015 alone.”
The community has truly embraced Habitat ReStore as not only a convenient way to give back, but an outlet for reusable items they no longer need. Last year, Milwaukee’s ReStores diverted more than 3 million pounds of usable materials from local landfills. Their Deconstruction Services team even salvaged more than $400,000 worth of reusable materials from remodeling and demolition projects last year.
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Milwaukee’s ReStores are holding 10 days of sales from November 1st through the 11th at their Wauwatosa and Walker’s Point locations, which are open to the public. More information about shopping the 10 days of sales, donating, or volunteering can be found at www.milwaukeerestore.org.
About Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, building materials, appliances, and home accessories to the public at a fraction of the retail price. With stores in Wauwatosa and Walker’s Point, proceeds generated by Habitat ReStores are used to help build homes, communities and hope locally and around the world. Last year alone, Milwaukee Habitat ReStores contributed funds to build 6 new homes in Milwaukee and 6.5 around the world. Milwaukee’s ReStores divert more than one million pounds of reusable materials from landfills annually. ReStore even offers a free pickup service for larger donations. Schedule a pickup quickly, and easily online at www.milwaukeerestore.org.
About Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope by creating affordable homeownership opportunities to low-income families. Over the past 32 years, Milwaukee Habitat has served over 1,000 families in the Greater Milwaukee community through new construction, rehab and repair programs and provided housing solutions for over 1,500 families in developing countries.
Milwaukee Habitat’s five-year neighborhood revitalization strategy, now in its fourth year, is reinvigorating the Washington Park neighborhood on the near west side of Milwaukee. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty and strengthening neighborhoods, Milwaukee Habitat is committed to helping more families achieve stability and independence.