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The Ulster County's Habitat for Humanity launches their new ReStore on Route 28 in Kingston. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more about the impact it will have on the community.
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- A home on Henry Street in Kingston is Ulster Habitat for Humanity’s latest project in the county, and it’s getting some additional backing from the community through the efforts of reusing, recycling and repurposing.
“We have building materials, furniture, kitchens, household goods, no clothing but if you take a look around the store our donations are quality donations,” said Habitat for Humanity Associate Director Gary Heckelman.
The items are cleaned, prepped and placed on the showroom floor at the ReStore.
“Donations are the life blood of every good restore and we are incredibly fortunate to be in a really generous community,” said Habitat for Humanity Associate Director Christine LaValle.
Rather than dumping kitchen cabinets during a renovation, or tossing perfectly good couches during a move, people can donate them to Habitat for sale at affordable prices. Once purchased, all earnings then go straight to the habitat fund for future builds.
It’s one of 800 shops throughout and country and the first of its kind in Ulster. Organizers say they hope the shop will generate nearly $300,000 per year. That means there will be more affordable housing projects for less fortunate folks.
“People start talking to their friends about dropping their furniture off, bringing it over here and understanding that the donations go to buying the next set of windows for a house that we’re building or the roof or the kitchen sink,” said Heckelman.
It’s an effortless way to support a cause while reducing the carbon footprint so that more homes can foster families in need.
So far, the Ulster organization has built 11 homes in the county. Its 12th build is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
A grand opening will be held on November 2nd at the ReStore.