Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Its vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. In addition to its housing ministry, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County (HFHWC) operates a building thrift store or ReStore. The ReStore’s mission is to reduce landfill waste by facilitating the reuse of products, serve the community by providing low cost merchandise, and generate revenue for our housing ministry through the sales of donated items.

Like the need for affordable housing in our area, the need for affordable housing goods, products, and construction materials is overwhelming. Walton County is mostly a tourist destination; there are very few options in the area to buy these items, let alone at a greatly reduced rate. There are many thrift stores in Walton County, however, HFHWC is the only store that carries unique items such as cabinets, sinks, tubs, doors, windows, lumber, fixtures, flooring and many other household items that would typically end up in the dumpster if not for HFHWC’s ReStore. There are countless items that are currently being thrown away that could be recycled or reused if HFHWC had a place to store these items.

HFHWC ReStore will use the grant monies to build an expanded facility. Lack of adequate space, flooding, lack of secure and covered storage and very small display areas are major issues at the current location, causing HFHWC to lose donated product and patronage daily. This grant funding will allow HFHWC to obtain a permanent location that will help them to continue to serve the community and reduce landfill waste congruently. Another facility will increase the net funds that the ReStore contributes to Habitat’s ongoing building program, and greatly reduce the amount of durable goods and solid waste and flow to Walton county landfills. Its existing sales performance show that it is well received in the community and that it diverts substantial durable goods away from the waste stream to Walton County landfills.