FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity, November 15, 2018

For more information, please contact:

David Clanaugh, Executive Director at director@wlshabitat.org or 218-600-9011

Habitat for Humanity to close ReStore by year end

To more effectively focus energy and resources on Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity’s (WLSHFH) growing core mission of building and repairing homes, its Board of Directors recently decided to close the ReStore retail operation by Dec. 31. The ReStore, located at 1621 Broadway in Superior, was started in July 2013 to generate profits to diversify fundraising efforts. During its history, the ReStore produced insufficient return-on-investment to advance Habitat’s shelter-focused mission.

The ReStore will no longer schedule pick-ups or accept drop-off donations. It will be open until inventory is depleted or the year end, whichever comes first.  For the current week, the store is operating on its regular four-day (Wednesday through Saturday) schedule. The store is closed during Thanksgiving week, and then will be open on Fridays and Saturdays with a series of sales with increasingly discounted merchandise. The public is encouraged to purchase gently used home goods and building materials at great prices, while supporting the WLSHFH’s effort to tighten its mission focus.

The WLSHFH board took a careful look at the financial challenges of operating the ReStore and the organization. Through analysis and deliberation, the board recognized the need to make the tough decision to refocus its energy and resources on its core mission of building homes.

“It is with sincere regret that our board informs our loyal customers, business associates, and friends of this decision to permanently close the Restore,” Board President Candace Fitzgerald said. “We are extremely proud of all that we have accomplished over the years serving our local communities and could not be more thankful to those who have believed in our vision by shopping, donating and volunteering at our ReStore.”

Beginning in 2015, Habitat began strengthening its focus on a repairs program in partnership with the community and lower-income homeowners. WLSHFH averaged 25 projects over a two-year period, while laying groundwork to relaunch its home building program. In late 2016, the organization broke ground in Superior on its first new home project from the ground up since 2010. WLSHFH completed this and another house with partner families and the community during 2017.  Currently two more builds are underway, including the first Duluth build in a decade (in partnership with Lake Superior College and other key supporters). The Duluth home is slated to be in the Arrowhead Builders Association Parade of Homes next May.

After completing the current projects during Spring 2019, two more house projects will begin. The Superior build is already funded by the Thrivent Faith Builds program, and fundraising has begun for the second Duluth project. This year the repairs program (now called Age in Place) has been reconfigured to focus on working with older adult homeowners, with 12 projects completed since late August.

Organizational goals for 2020 include three house projects and a robust four-county Age in Place Program.

About Habitat for Humanity


Habitat is driven by the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity adds value to communities by building new homes and repairing existing homes in partnership with qualifying families and their communities. Volunteers, donations, community support, and voices supporting affordable housing all help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower and create sector impact. Families interested in partnering with Habitat or groups interested in volunteering and providing support, please call
218-722-3875. For more information, visit wlshabitat.org.

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