Next Thursday the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity ReStore is opening a brand new location. The building at 2200 East Euclid will feature twice as much space and twice as many building supplies ready to be re-used.
“There's just all kinds of odds and ends here that anyone can find something interesting,” said Executive Director Lance Henning. “With the new facility we're going to be able to take more donations than we did in the past.”
Henning says the donated items come in from all over and are re-sold at a fraction of the cost.
But at this store, the savings doesn't stop at the check-out.
“The great thing about the donated products is they are providing an alternative than taking them to the landfill,” said Henning. “There are about 2,000 tons a year that are diverted from the landfill that are able to be repurposed and reused in the community.”
Some of the items are even reused on site. The non-profits new front desk is made out of old doors.
And if you're project requires something special, try out the 're-usable tools' in the Tool Lending Library.
“It works just like a library, and there's over 300 tools that are available everything from weed-eaters and mowers to concrete mixers and tile saws,” said Henning.
Joining the tool lending library only requires a small fee, and whatever you spend goes back to the organization giving someone in need a chance at a home of their own.
“We are just excited that we are going to be able to do more of that and increase how we work with the community,” Henning said.
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity is in need of volunteers throughout the winter to work at the restore and also to help with other indoor projects.