“We’re running out of space,” said Ken Bourassa, ReStore director.
“We’re receiving so many donations we’re running out of room to put them,” he said.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore, located at 300 Grove Ave., S.W., is a nonprofit organization that sells reusable and surplus materials to the community.
Although every ReStore is a little different in the merchandise it carries, most focus on home improvement goods including furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances.
The ReStore is in temporary need of a 5,000 square-foot warehouse or storage facility to store its excess donations. Bourassa said Habitat for Humanity is currently in the process of raising funds to build its own 10,000 square-foot storage facility to be located directly behind the present ReStore location.
“We’d only need to use the facility for about a year or two. That should give us enough time to raise the money we’ll need to build our own storage facility,” said Bourassa.
Right now, the ReStore is using six storage trailers to store the multitude of donations, in addition to pallets and pallets of overstock stored on the store’s racks.
All of the proceeds the ReStore collects from sales are used to build Habitat homes for needy families. Three Habitat homes were built in 2010 as a result of the ReStore’s sales.
“This is a direct result of the community getting involved with the ReStore and understanding that when they donate, the proceeds go straight to building homes and that the proceeds stay right here in Bradley County,” said Matt Carlson, executive director of Habitat for Humanity.
“We don’t want to discourage anyone from continuing to donate items to the ReStore. We are always accepting donations. At this point, we simply need someone to step forward and donate a little additional space for us,” added Carlson.
If you would like to help the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in their search for warehouse space, contact Bourassa at 473-4610.