What is a Habitat ReStore?
This Habitat for Humanity ReStore is proudly owned and operated by Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West to serve our mission of building homes, communities and hope in St. Tammany Parish. At the Habitat ReStore, our staff and volunteers happily accept donations of new and gently used items. We sell those items to treasure hunters and bargain shoppers alike to raise money for our mission of eliminating substandard housing. The Habitat ReStore provides a more affordable avenue for home improvement projects, all while keeping tons of perfectly good items from ending up in the landfill.
History of the Habitat ReStore
The Habitat ReStore concept started in 1991 as Habitat affiliates began to receive donations of building materials and household goods that donors thought could be used in Habitat homes. Though the generosity was greatly appreciated, it proved impractical to redesign blueprints to fit the dimension of specific doors, windows and cabinet sets that had been donated. Instead, Habitat affiliates began selling these donated items to the public and using the proceeds to cover costs of homebuilding. Currently, there are nearly 800 Habitat ReStores in the United States. The Mandeville ReStore officially opened April 25, 2009.
The ReStore is a social enterprise which connects the social mission of our non-profit organization with the market-driven approach of a business.