SCHFH Bringing Habitat ReStore to Henry County

City leaders learned McDonough will be home to Habitat for Humanity’s latest venture — a ReStore.

Melissa Chapman, CEO of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, told the city council Monday evening, if all goes according to plans, the home store will be open by October.

Chapman said she came to the council meeting to “share exciting news for McDonough and our entire community.”

Plans call for a 19,000-square feet facility in an existing building adjacent to Avalon Church on Ga. 20.

She said typically a Habitat ReStore employs at least five workers and could have as many 10 new jobs available.

Chapman said the ReStore will accept donations for hard goods, home furnishings and maintenance materials, then sell the items at a reduced price, putting the money back into the services that Habitat provides.

“Home ownership really makes a difference in a community and supports a community’s health and stability,” she said. “We help families have a safe, decent and affordable house to live in.”

Habitat does not build and give away free homes, but rather builds a partnership with new homeowners, requiring them to participate with a “sweat equity”-type investment while teaching principles such as home maintenance and financial literacy.

In exchange, families receive affordable housing they might not otherwise have the opportunity to purchase.

Following the announcement, McDonough Mayor Billy Copleland said, “We are so excited to have this here,” adding that Habitat serves “important needs in the community.”

Habitat for Humanity describes its ReStores as “nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.”

Habitat for Humanity is accepting donations for the ReStore that include:

• Appliances (no older than eight years), Dishwashers (no older than five years), Range Tops, Ovens, Microwaves (no older than five years), Washing Machines, Dryers, Refrigerators, Range Hoods, Small Appliances (toasters, blenders, etc.), Water Heaters, Furnaces, Air Conditioners

Furniture items being accepted as donations that will be available at the ReStore when it opens include:

Sofas, Chairs (living room, office, recliner, etc.) Tables (dining room, side), Dressers, Bed,  Frames, Coffee/End Tables, Entertainment Centers, Filing Cabinets, Bookshelves

*Note: Upholstered furniture cannot have any stains, tears or pet damage in order to be accepted for resale.

Home decor items being accepted include:

Books (no encyclopedias or textbooks), Dishes, Glassware, Baskets, Knick-knacks

Lighting that is in working condition will be accepted including:

Hanging Chandeliers, Floor and Table lamps, Lamp shades in good condition, Track Lighting, Ceiling Fans

Other donated items needed for the ReStore include:

Kitchen Cabinets, Bathroom Cabinets, Countertops (only with cabinets, unless they are granite countertops), Double Hung Windows, Picture Windows, Bay Windows (complete with all sashes)

*Note: All windows must be aluminum clad or vinyl replacement only.

Doors (In Frame), Plywood, Insulation, Unused Lumber, Trim, Brick/Block, Fencing, FlooringTile (no broken pieces), Linoleum (new only), Carpet (new or gently used, minimum room size, no small pieces unless carpet tiles), Wood, Area Rugs (new or gently used), Hardware, Hinges, Cabinet, Knobs, Door Knobs/Deadbolts, Electrical, Hardware, Plumbing, Hardware, Plumbing Supplies, Toilets, Sinks and Faucets, Tubs, and Pipe

Individuals, businesses or organizations wanting to make donations are encouraged to call ahead of time to make arrangements. Call 770-477-2367 or email Cameron Ross at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity offices are located at 9870 Tara Blvd. in Jonesboro.

SCHH serves Henry, Clayton and Fayette counties.