Habitat’s ReStore Restores the Community


The Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Georgia has a reuse store called the ReStore. Opened in 1990, the ReStore sells everyday items at discounted prices. These items are donated by local businesses, as well as members of the community. Items such as home decor, lawn and garden items, home repair items, cars, trucks, and RV’s can be found at the ReStore. All the proceeds that are made at the ReStore go back into the homes that are built and events held by Habitat.

During an interview with David Ownes, a volunteer at Habitat for over 25 years, Ownes spoke on how he began volunteering with Habitat.

“I knew that when I finally retired that I wanted to spend my free time and talents with the Habitat for Humanity organization,” said Owens.

He worked on construction sites for most of his time volunteering but has recently decided to turn his efforts to the ReStore.

“I saw a great need with the ReStore Warehouse operation and decided to volunteer there instead,” Ownes said. “I enjoy working there with some really wonderful and dedicated people.” He still works on construction sites when he can, but he spends most of his time helping in the ReStore.

The Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Georgia’s ReStore is open every Thursday-Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Donations are accepted every Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. If you are interested in spending your extra time volunteering in the ReStore, contact [email protected]