(MURFREESBORO) It's like welcoming back an old friend. After the worldwide quarantine, the Habitat Re-Store reopens at 9:00 o'clock this coming Monday morning, May 4, 2020. The store is at 8:50 Mercury Boulevard here in Murfreesboro.
Once they start back next week, the ReStore hours will be 9AM to 6PM every Monday through Friday, and 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturdays. The store will take all virus safety precautions including face masks and gloves, face shields for some, continued sanitizing during the day and they have installed a plexiglass shield at the check-out counter. Donations will be low or no-contact drop-off.
This Thursday Is Spring Cleaning Collection Day
Many people were "spring cleaning" during quarantine and have gathered things to donate to the ReStore. Proceeds from those sales help to build affordable housing as well as covering some administrative costs.
The ReStore invites everyone to bring items to donate by this Thursday (4/30/2020) from 9AM to 1PM. This will be no contact and no assistance for unloading, but there is a dock for unloading large items.
In a way, the Habitat ReStore helps this community to recycle goods, and by doing this keeps over 560 tons out of the landfill every year. A list of accepted items is on the website at: http://www.rchfh.org/restore/accepted-donations/
In addition, the ReStore has had continuing weekly auctions of popular items on Bidding Owl. Each auction ends on Sunday and many items are "won" for the original starting bid price. Some popular items include new sewing machines donated by Singer, furniture donated by local hotels who are remodeling, vintage and antique items, and décor accessories.
Like many businesses and nonprofits, Rutherford Habitat has suffered great sales loss during the pandemic quarantine, including about $1000/day from ReStore sales. During this time, all employees have been paid as usual and they are eager to get back to work. RCHFH encourages people to donate and support Rutherford Habitat on Giving Tuesday, May 5, and via The Big Payback, May 6 and 7. Early Giving opens this Wednesday on April 29. RCHFH Big Payback page: https://www.thebigpayback.org/RutherfordHabitatForHumanity
Habitat for Humanity has suspended having volunteers on the build sites and the ReStore for now, but hopes to resume volunteering in the summer. The construction team will start building houses on the new Legacy Pointe subdivision in July.
Eddie George Event Now Aug. 13
The Leave a Legacy event with football legend Eddie George has been rescheduled for August 13. Tickets and sponsorships are still available at www.Eddie4Habitat.org.
The Habitat office has been closed but employees will start returning to their desks on a limited basis next week and then be open to the public on May 11.
About Habitat for Humanity
Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit, non-denominational Christian housing ministry, seeks to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. This is done through building quality, energy-efficient, affordable houses while partnering alongside working families. Homes are built by RCHFH construction staff, Future Homeowners, and community volunteers. After a home is completed, it is sold to the family at no profit with an affordable monthly mortgage.
Legacy Pointe is an 18-acre subdivision on Twin Oak Drive that will eventually include 77 new homes for Rutherford County residents who complete the Habitat program. Habitat Future homeowners buy their homes through a low-interest mortgage and complete sweat equity and a financial literacy and homeowner education program to qualify. The property will be an HOA subdivision where the homeowners will maintain the community.