Re­Store to cel­e­brate 7th an­niver­sary

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The Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Chop­tank Re­Store in Eas­ton will cel­e­brate its seventh an­niver­sary with an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 11.

EAS­TON — The Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Chop­tank Re­Store, lo­cated at 8610 Com­merce Drive in Eas­ton, just off the by­pass near Tar­get, is pre­par­ing to cel­e­brate its seventh an­niver­sar y with an open house on Satur­day, Nov. 11th from 9 am to 4pm. Shop­pers and donors will en­joy food, spe­cial dis­counts, and a wide va­ri­ety of mer­chan­dise.

At 10:30 a.m., store vol­un­teers and staff will gather to re­veal the to­tal pro­ceeds that have been gen­er­ated to date to sup­port Habi­tat’s af­ford­able home own­er­ship pro­gram.

The re­sale shop opened its doors in 2010 based on a busi­ness plan put to­gether by a group of vol­un­teers who saw this as an ad­di­tional way to serve the com­mu­nity and raise other funds for the Habi­tat mis­sion in Dorch­ester and Tal­bot Coun­ties. In 2015, the Re­Store re­lo­cated to a larger fa­cil­ity just a few doors away from its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion.

“With great sup­port from the com­mu­nity, we con­tinue to grow and grow,” said Re­Store man­ager Chris Smith. “Since our doors opened, we’ve been re­ceiv­ing won­der­ful do­na­tions of qual­ity used and even new home improvement items, ap­pli­ances, and fur­ni­ture, and of­fer­ing a one of a kind shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence to the pub­lic.”

Store in­ven­tory changes daily. The now­fa­mil­iar Re­Store trucks makes a cou­ple dozen pick-ups per week, col­lect­ing do­nated goods from in­di­vid­u­als, re­tail­ers and builders all over the Mid-Shore. Hun­dreds more items are brought right to the Re­Store by donors ev­ery month. Drive-up donors are greeted by a crew of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers who prepare a re­ceipt that can be used for tax pur­poses.

“We work with a lot of com­mer­cial donors as well as re­ceive do­na­tions from the gen­eral pub­lic,” Smith said. “Our sin­gle big­gest depart­ment in terms of sales is fur­ni­ture, which comes al­most en­tirely from in­di­vid­ual donors.”

The net pro­ceeds from the Re­Store are in­vested into Habi­tat Chop­tank’s self-help home pur­chas­ing pro­gram. Since its found­ing in 1992, the non­profit home builder has made home own­er­ship pos­si­ble for 75 qual­i­fy­ing home buy­ers in its two-county ser­vice re­gion.

Seven homes are cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion with plans to start at least six more over the com­ing year. In­come qual­i­fy­ing home buy­ers are of­fered ac­cess to af­ford­able mort­gage fi­nanc­ing in or­der to buy a new con­struc­tion or re­habbed home from the non­profit’s project in­ven­tor y. Af­ter com­plet­ing sweat equity hours, at­tend­ing pre-home­own­er­ship classes, elim­i­nat­ing debit and meet­ing sav­ings goals, these in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies will pur­chase homes that they helped con­struct and as­sume the full re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of home own­er­ship in­clud­ing main­tain­ing their home, pay­ing prop­erty taxes and re­pay­ing their mort­gage over 30 to 33 years.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Re­Store, to shop, donate or vol­un­teer, call 410-8206186. In­for­ma­tion about Habi­tat Chop­tank’s Re­Store, its af­ford­able home own­er­ship pro­gram, and other vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, can be found at www.Habi­tatChop­tank.org.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Staff and vol­un­teers at the Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Chop­tank Re­Store are plan­ning a cel­e­bra­tion for the store’s 7th an­niver­sary on Satur­day, Novem­ber 11th. The day will fea­ture spe­cial dis­counts through­out the store. Here, store man­ager Chris Smith and vol­un­teer Fred Hilden­brand help shop­pers with their pur­chases at last year’s open house.

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