Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity to open ReStore

Published: Feb. 15, 2017 at 11:41 AM CST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

The plans are all coming together as Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity looks to expand its impact in our area.

“Everyone knows Habitat as the program that helps low-income families build homes. We have been building 1-2 homes per year on average for the last 25 years but the need is greater than that,” executive director Aaron Czappa said.

With a growing need for their services, Habitat for Humanity is in the process of opening what's known as a ReStore in Eau Claire. The non-profit is in the process of buying the former Variety Office Products building at 145 North Clairemont Avenue.

“We will sell new and used discounted home furnishings and construction materials. Everything that you are going to need to remodel you home or even re-furnish your home,” Czappa added.

The ReStore relies heavily on community donations and volunteer support to stay open. Proceeds from the sale of items in the store go back to fund Habitat for Humanity home builds and exterior home repairs.

While Habitat for Humanity is looking forward to opening the ReStore in Eau Claire, they have been successfully operating a ReStore in Onalaska for the past 11 years

The executive director for the La Crosse area Habitat for Humanity says last year, the ReStore in Onalaska put $185,000 back into the community to further its mission.

On top of that, they say they helped keep 3,500 tons of material out of landfills by selling used items in its store. The store manager in Onalaska says they continue to see growth year after year.

“Over the time we have been in business we have grown the amount of things we have been able to divert from landfills and the amount we have raised to help local families,” ReStore manager Steve Baker said.

Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity says it plans to open The ReStore off Clairemont Avenue in Eau Claire in May. They are looking for volunteers to help run the operation, to find out more about volunteering for the organization, follow the link on the right-hand side of the screen.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity will be opening a ReStore in Eau Claire this spring.

According to a press release, the store will offer donated new and used home building supplies at discounted rates to make home maintenance and repair more affordable for the community.

Habitat for Humanity leaders say the new store will go in the former Variety Office Products building on North Clairemont Avenue. The non-profit is in the process of purchasing the building and plans to have the store open in May.

Revenue generated from the ReStore will be used to provide housing for local lower income families. Future projects will include building new homes and completing exterior home repairs for families that already own their houses.

Habitat for Humanity has had a ReStore location open in Onalaska for the last 11 years.