Habitat for Humanity ReStore

If you're remodeling your home or are a contractor with a surplus of supplies, there's a place where you can drop them off and get a tax deduction.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is now open. It accepts and sells new and gently used building supplies, fixtures, and even furniture.

The Executive Director, Marilyn King, says: "It's a way to bring in a sustainable income for us, so we don't always have to depend on public donations."

The proceeds from the store will help with the administrative expenses the organization incurs.

King says: "It's a non-profit business and a business with a heart, but we still have the other expenses that any business has. We have our staff, we have our insurance, we have our worker's compensation, we have our utilities, and we have our vehicle expenses."

Since the store will cover the administrative costs all of the public donations will go directly to the building of houses.

Any extra money that the store brings in will also go to the construction costs.

King says: "We're hoping at the end of the first year that we will have enough money to build at least one house out of the net proceeds, and the average cost of a habitat house is $55,000."

Those with the organization say they've researched what other
non-profits offer and sell the building supplies and fixtures so they can work with and not against the other organizations.

The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity usually partners with five families a year to help them build their homes.

The Habitat ReStore is located at 2323 Nashville Road. It's open Friday and Saturday from nine to five. Donations are accepted Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information about the store you can call (270) 901-0150. For more information about the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity log onto www.habitat.org/cd/kit/homepage.aspx?page=bgwarrencoky#about

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