Habitat ReStore doubles hours

tmiller@losbanosenterprise.comJune 12, 2013 

A local nonprofit that helps to put low-income families into homes now has a full-blown secondhand store.

Habitat for Humanity Westside Merced County announced this week it will double the number of hours the ReStore is open after nearly two years of work to make the building compliant.

“Our ReStore will provide a new outlet for the recycling and reuse of used and surplus materials while encouraging sustainable living, the reduction of waste to the landfill and the building of community,” Habitat Westside Board President Ned Ryan said, in a press release.

The 110 G Street store will now be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, as well as 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Private citizens, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sorensen’s True Value Hardware, Orchard Supply and others contribute to Habitat Westside’s inventory. Almost anything needed to refurbish a home can be found at the store at a discount.

Ashlee Williams, development and operations manager, said volunteers and staff made the necessary upgrades to plumbing and electricity in the building to become an official ReStore. She said the nonprofit may look to expand beyond eight hours a week eventually.

“This is definitely a step toward being open more,” she said.

Profits from the Restore help fund projects and staff for Habitat Westside, Williams said.

Habitat Westside is in the midst of neighborhood revitalization in South Dos Palos, and will look to acquire its next project in Los Banos.

“We’re building our bank to afford buying the home here in town,” Williams said.

Habitat Westside has built or refurbished 16 homes since being formed in 1997.

To volunteer, donate or find out more about Habitat’s ReStore, call Williams at (209) 509-9026 or go to www.habitatwestside.org.

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos enterprise.com.

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