Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley launched the Habitat ReStore in October of 2006 located at 170 Aprill Drive in Ann Arbor. All net proceeds from the Habitat ReStore are re-invested in Washtenaw County through the Home Ownership Program with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley.
Habitat ReStore features 15,000 square feet of retail space open to the public Thursday- Saturday, 10 am- 6 pm. Since the beginning, the Habitat ReStore has diverted more than 8,700 tons of waste material, by recycling donated building materials, furniture, appliances and other household goods for sale to the public.
The top three items that the ReStore is always looking to collect are appliances, furniture, and kitchen/bathroom cabinet sets. All items may be gently used. Most donations received by the Habitat ReStore come from individuals making donations. Free pickups can be scheduled by calling 734-323-7028 or schedule online 24/7 by visiting www.annarborrestore.org.
Habitat ReStore also partners with many local companies to complete donation pickups. Over the 10 year partnership with Big George’s, the Restore has received over $30,000 in donations. Forward Design Build has contributed over $30,000 during their 5 year partnership. Lowe’s is one of the Restore’s most committed donors with over 8 years of a partnership. Silver Maples and Dexter Cabinets have been partners for 6 years and have both donated over $25,000 in merchandise. Costco and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System have both been partners for over 5 years, each contributing over $20,000 in donations. Ethan Allen and Cranbrook Tower Apartments are two of the newest organization donors. Ethan Allen has been a partner for 2 years contributing donations of over $20,000. Cranbrook Towers joined this year as a new donor, already donating over $10,000 worth of merchandise.
“The ReStore is an incredibly important arm of Habitat; helping the general public to improve their homes by purchasing gently used materials, helping Habitat generate important revenue to support our mission, all while employing residents and utilizing volunteers in important work,” said Sarah Stanton, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley Executive Director.
A large volunteer group who plays a very significant role in helping the Habitat ReStore operate is the University of Michigan Navy ROTC. This group has been volunteering for more than three years with the ReStore and brings an average of 50 volunteers each time. In 2017, the Navy ROTC contributed over 180 hours towards creating affordable homeownership in Washtenaw County! They are also scheduled to volunteer on December 12, 2017. “Michigan’s Naval ROTC program loves the opportunity that Habitat for Humanity gives us to make an impact on our community and support such an important mission,” said Navy ROTC Volunteer, Helen Galliani.