The Herald Bulletin

May 8, 2013

Editorial: New ReStore will help Habitat keep building homes

— New ReStore will help Habitat keep building homes

Habitat for Humanity has been around since 1976 and has helped millions with affordable housing. Now, besides housing, the organization is offering used home-improvement items at places called ReStores. Anderson just got one, and the public is invited to shop.

ReStores stock used tools, paint and all building supplies that can be used to fix up houses. The one in Anderson is in a warehouse at 800 E. 19th St.

Carol Cates, a bookkeeper for the Madison County Habitat, said she hopes the current location becomes too small as people bring in their used supplies. The cost of the items have a 20 percent to 30 percent markdown over new materials. The cost of building materials is going up all the time, said Karl Graddy, executive director of Habitat. This will bring in new revenue to allow Habitat to keep building houses like the 42 the organization has put up in Madison County in the last 25 years.

There is a definite green element, too, noted Graddy. The materials ReStore will be selling won’t end up in a landfill. Since 2005, ReStores in Indiana have kept 5.4 tons of merchandise, 40,000 gallons of paint and nine tons of cardboard, among other things, from adding to landfills. Those items are put back to work building and improving homes for Hoosiers.

This is one of those projects commonly known as a win-win.

Habitat for Humanity’s goal has been to make homes affordable for low-income people. Homes in Madison County typically cost up to $65,000 to build. Habitat has been instrumental in getting people into homes when they thought they’d probably be perpetual renters due to income restrictions.

Habitat is an important organization. “Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope,” is part of its mission statement. Former President Jimmy Carter has been involved with Habitat since 1984, never shying away from a hammer and nails to get the job done.

We urge you to visit the ReStore, check out their inventory and see what you need. Whatever you purchase will help go toward building homes to give people a chance to live the American dream, and that’s what it’s all about.