Habitat For Humanity opens new home store

Published on Wed, Nov 4, 2009
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Those wishing to purchase building materials while supporting a charitable cause will want to check out Habitat For Humanity’s (HFH) new store in Ferndale.

The Whatcom County chapter of HFH recently opened The HomeStore, a 12,500-square foot business at 1385 Admiral Place in Ferndale that features new and gently used donated building materials and household goods.

Proceeds will be used to build more homes for local families who otherwise could not afford them.

Associate director Terry Mattson said the merchandise sold at the store will be priced at 50 percent or less of the standard retail price.

The HomeStore is now accepting a variety of donated items in good condition such as lumber, doors, windows, lighting, plumbing fixtures, appliances, electronics and furniture. Mattson added that organizers believes the store should generate $2 million for the Whatcom County chapter within the first five years. This, he said, will be able to support overhead costs associated with the local chapter so that every dollar donated from the community can be used directly to build new Habitat homes in Whatcom County.

“Directly or indirectly, it’s going to help build Habitat homes,” Mattson said. “It’s also a way for individuals in the community to put into practice wonderful habits such as the freedom and simplicity that comes from freeing ourselves from our unneeded possessions sitting in our houses and garages that can be used to help families in need.”

For more information, call Habitat 393-4352.