New Habitat Restore Hopes to Make $1 Million in One Year
By Nadia Crow, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A grand re-opening hopes to welcome-in one million dollars’ worth of sales. That’s the goal for the Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity Restore. 90% of store items are donated and sales go right back to Eastern Iowa families in need.
It’s not just good music or good food, but a celebration for a good cause.
“We have to kick up our production here and triple our sales in order to make enough money to run this whole production,” said Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity Restore Director Joe Hennager.
The Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity produced 119 homes for families in need. Much of that money came after the floods of 2008.
“A lot of that was fueled by money to rebuild the city. Either city, state, or federal. Now the flood is over and all of that is something we have to create,” said Hennager.
So every dollar spent, every credit card swiped, means another nickel closer to the one million dollar goal.
“We get the old cabinetry and the owner can get a tax write-off by donating it to a non-profit,” said Hennager.
And when Habitat later sales that cabinetry, every dollar stays in the area. Dollars Lucy Jackson and her mother are ready to spend.
“Looking for a little of everything, working on bathrooms, kitchens, lights. You never know what you’re going to find,” said shopper Lucy Jackson.
A Saturday morning shopping trip is more of a scavenger hunt; from doors, to mirrors, and everything in between. They’re all items used to build homes and give families the American Dream.
“They do some great things helping out families that need the help and the assistance. So why wouldn’t we come together to help each other out?” asked Jackson.
It’s that kind of mentality habitat staff and volunteers hope spreads. To find out the store’s hours or how you can volunteer or donate, click here.
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