The Habitat ReStore in Warsaw, Poland officially opened this month (May 2020). (See pictures below.) During the process of setting it up, Habitat for Humanity Poland used the knowledge and experience of other Habitat for Humanity organizations all around the world, including experienced staff and volunteer teams from the USA, Canada and New Zealand, where there are currently more than 1000 ReStores. ReStores offer inexpensive building materials and tools, household appliances, furniture and other interior furnishing items. They offer both new and used items which typically come from donations from companies and individuals. Income from the ReStore is transferred to the local Habitat for Humanity organizations, which run them. It is thanks to these funds that the organizations can be more effective in their mission: helping people in difficult housing situation through renovation and construction projects.
Habitat Poland will promote the idea behind the ReStore as a nonprofit home improvement store where everybody can contribute to helping others through:
- donating furniture, household appliances and building materials;
- volunteering or doing an internship, leading workshops;
- buying goods at discounted prices, being sure that proceeds go to Habitat Poland and enable the organization to help more people who need better housing.
“I was honored to have served as one member of a Habitat Global Village team that helped to renovate and build this facility. I congratulate the Habitat Poland leadership group, and thank all those who participated in the construction of this ReStore. Please consider joining Habitat for Humanity of El Paso, as we continue to serve our local area and reach out to help others around the world through missions like this.”
Carey Beamesderfer – Board President – Habitat for Humanity of El Paso