What is a Habitat ReStore?
This Habitat for Humanity ReStore is proudly owned and operated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando to serve our mission of building homes, communities and hope. At the Habitat ReStore, our staff and volunteers happily accept donations of new and gently used items. We sell those items to treasure hunters and bargain shoppers alike to raise money for our mission of eliminating substandard housing. The Habitat ReStore provides a more affordable avenue for home improvement projects, all while keeping tons of perfectly good items from ending up in the landfill.
Proceeds from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore are used to build homes in partnership with families in need of simple, decent, affordable housing.
History of the Habitat ReStore
The Habitat ReStore concept started in 1991 as Habitat affiliates began to receive donations of building materials and household goods that donors thought could be used in Habitat homes. Though the generosity was greatly appreciated, it proved impractical to redesign blueprints to fit the dimension of specific doors, windows and cabinet sets that had been donated. Instead, Habitat affiliates began selling these donated items to the public and using the proceeds to cover costs of homebuilding. Currently, there are nearly 835 Habitat ReStores in the United States.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando was founded in 1987 and we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2016. We have built over 295 homes in the greater Orlando area and served more than 5,000 men, women and children in our community and abroad.
The first Habitat ReStore in Orlando was opened in 2002. Three years ago we moved to our new location in the Baldwin Park area on East Colonial Dr and in 2014 we opened our third Orlando locaion at the Florida Mall.