New Habitat for Humanity director touts expansion in LaPorte

2013-12-23T18:08:00Z New Habitat for Humanity director touts expansion in LaPorteStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 23, 2013 6:08 pm  • 

LAPORTE COUNTY | The new Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Michigan City plans to expand.

Robert Long, the new executive director of the not-for-profit organization, said the ReStore, open since July at 10th and Huron streets, has room for growth.

However, the group has acquired land at a more heavily traveled site that would help increase sales.

"That's a few years down the road," said Long.

The LaPorte County branch has existed since 1986. Volunteers have built 47 homes for residents who, due to income levels, can't qualify for a traditional home loan.

The homes are provided interest-free under certain stipulations, and two more homes are nearing completion in LaPorte and Kingsford Heights.

The ReStore offers new and gently used building materials, cabinets and other furnishings like plumbing fixtures along with some furniture at about 40 to 70 percent less than what those items would cost brand new, Long said. Long also said the ReStore with just one paid staff member needs volunteers to do things ranging from picking up building materials and appliances people wish to donate and waiting on customers. To volunteer or contact the ReStore, call (219) 814-4985.

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