With a goal of increasing their capacity to build more affordable homes for provincial families, Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia celebrated the grand opening of its second ReStore at 127 Chain Lake Drive in Bayer’s Lake. The ReStore officially celebrated its grand opening today at 11:00am, with Deputy Mayor Matt Whitman alongside volunteers, supporters, customers and representatives of the Board of Directors.
The ReStore is a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable retailer that accepts and resells quality new and used goods and materials for home improvement. The inventory is 100% donated by local and national businesses, and by citizens in the community. This unique social enterprise supports the administrative and fundraising costs of the organization so that every dollar donated goes directly to building homes.
“The opening of our second ReStore is a key part of Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia’s mission to serve more families in our affordable homeownership program. We need to build our capacity and strength,” said Marie France LeBlanc, CEO, Habitat for Humanity NS. “We are doing what we ask our families to do, working toward self-sustainability by operating this social enterprise which will have such a positive impact on our homebuilding program for families in our community in need of a hand up to homeownership.”
Habitat Nova Scotia opened its first ReStore in Dartmouth in 2006, and with its success, Habitat Nova Scotia saw that demand was there to support another store in the HRM area. Both ReStores will accept new and gently used building and renovation materials and home décor items.
Volunteers are the cx of our ReStore success, as both are almost entirely staffed by volunteers. “Our social enterprise wouldn’t be successful without the support of our loyal volunteers,” says Marie-France LeBlanc. “They give so much of their time which allows us to put our fundraising dollars directly in to the homes we build.”
Habitat Nova Scotia will build six homes this year across the province – two in Halifax, one in Bridgewater, one in Whitney Pier, and two in Oxford. Plans are also underway for a new 60+ affordable home development in HRM.
Do you enjoy shopping? Fixing things? Hangout in the local hardware store? Combine your passions into a volunteer position at a Habitat Nova Scotia Restore. When you help the ReStore, you help families in your community. We are currently looking for more volunteers in the areas of cashier, warehouse associates, drivers and assistant drivers. If you’re interested in volunteering visit www.habitatns.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.