What is a Habitat ReStore?

The Habitat for Humanity ReStores located in Lansing and Williamston are proudly operated by Habitat for Humanity Capital Region to serve our mission of building homes, communities, and hope. At the Habitat ReStores, 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 ReStores provide a more affordable avenue for home improvement projects, all while keeping tons of perfectly good items from ending up in the landfill.


How Does it Work?

Watch this enjoyable little video to see the lifecycle of a donated doorknob. We bet you’ll watch it more than once! Help spread the message about the Habitat ReStore by sharing the video on Facebook.


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 800 Habitat ReStores in the United States. Habitat for Humanity Capital Region (formerly Lansing) was founded in 1987 and the Lansing ReStore opened in 2000.


Community Impact

Here at Habitat for Humanity, we’re proud of what we do. We’re proud to support a strong community by building and repairing homes in partnership with people in need and working to eliminate poverty housing. We’re also proud to support a greener planet by providing an outlet for unwanted items to find a new home too – and you can help!

Each year, Habitat for Humanity ReStores divert tons of waste from the landfill, all thanks to generous donations from people just like you. Donors drop off their new and gently used items and walk away with three things: the feeling that they’ve helped the planet, the joy of knowing they’ve helped a family in need and, to top it all off, a tax receipt for their donation. It’s a win for everyone involved!

Every donation that comes through our door is a promise to our partner families. With help from our donors, volunteers and shoppers, we can promise our homebuyers that they can have access to simple, decent, affordable housing in a happier, healthier, greener world.

If you would like to donate to the Lansing or Williamston ReStores, you can drop off items during our business hours or call our donation hotline to schedule a pick-up.

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