REwatch: ReStore achieves major milestone thanks to donor support

2014-05-10T08:00:00Z REwatch: ReStore achieves major milestone thanks to donor supportMichelle Krueger Times Columnist
May 10, 2014 8:00 am  • 

Last month, sales at the Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana ReStore reached an all-time high.

“After a slow winter, we had a record breaking month in sales,” ReStore Manager Kim DeRisi, said. “The ReStore supports the Lake County Habitat for Humanity to offer a ‘hand up and not a hand out’ to help people have a home. For example, people must give over 300 hours of sweat equity to help Habitat for Humanity help others.”

Open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Sunday and Monday), the Habitat ReStore at 6114 Ridge Road (a mile east of Cline Ave) is a great place to find a great deal thanks to all of their generous donors. Builders, contractors, individuals and retailers all donate new, used and excess usable items that can be recycled instead of tossed out in a landfill. Prices for just about anything you need to complete a home improvement project and even some great décor items are significantly lower than retail, with regular special promotions adding to the savings.

“New items always arriving, so you never know what you’ll find from day to day,” DeRisi explained. “We provide a free pick up service and give receipts for donated items.”

Woodrow Wilcox recently stopped in the ReStore to arrange for a pick-up in Griffith.

“I didn’t have a whole lot, but what I did have I thought they could use,” he said. “I have passed the ReStore many times, but never actually went inside. When I contacted some other places about picking up my items, they weren’t very responsive to be quite honest. When I asked about scheduling a pick up at the ReStore, I was very impressed by Kim DeRisi. She was even able to come out a few days early when I called to ask if that would be possible. I will definitely stop in next time I need something along the lines of what they have.”

Look for new and used doors and windows, electrical and plumbing supplies, tile, paint, lighting, appliances, kitchen cabinets, sinks, toilets and much, much more at the ReStore.

“We’d like to see more appliances donated,” DeRisi added. “We’re also promoting Eat Fresh – Buy Local and hosting our First Annual Farmer’s Market now through October 25th from 9am-3pm every Saturday. New vendors are always welcome.”

To learn more, visit or call (219) 923-7265.

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