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Habitat for Humanity constructing 35th home

Habitat ReStore now open on Tuesdays

Posted: July 15, 2014 3:21 p.m.
Updated: July 16, 2014 5:00 a.m.
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Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County is nearing the end of construction for its 35th home, located on Gordon Street. Revenue from the Habitat ReStore, which is now open on Tuesdays, helps to fund the projects to build houses in Kershaw County for families in need.

Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County is constructing its 35th home for a local family. In addition, the Habitat ReStore, 1019 Broad St. in Camden, is now open on Tuesdays, helping to fund Habitat houses through the purchases of store items donated by the community.

“We are working on our 35th house (and) we hope to start another one in the fall,” Habitat ReStore Manager Deborah Davis said. “We make our money through donors, who instead of throwing away gently used items such as furniture, appliances and household items, donate them. They think about Habitat and a deserving family that will need a home and some help, a hand up.”

Davis says that customers are important in helping to finance the construction of homes.

“We want to also thank our customers that support Habitat … because they come in and buy and with those proceeds we build these houses,” Davis said.

A family must apply to have a house built for them by Habitat. The family’s income and credit is taken into account to ensure that they will be able to afford mortgage payments, which are interest free.

“We don’t want them to fail once they get into the home. We want to make sure that they can stay there and maintain (it),” Davis said.

In order to qualify for a home, families must also put in 200 hours of community service and help with the construction of the home.

While they are staying in the house, Habitat offers support to the family to help them with budgeting and other life skills.

“We stay with these families for two years. We have family support committees; we stay with them for the two years to help them,” Davis said. “There are wonderful deserving families.”

Currently, the Habitat ReStore needs volunteers. 

“The volunteers are the soul of Habitat -- I really believe that. Right now, we have a need for volunteers, especially for Tuesdays, and we also need men to help lift furniture at least 50 pounds or more,” Davis said.

Volunteers are also needed for construction. According to Davis, churches and civic organizations help in this area along with individuals.

The store is also accepting donations of gently used furniture, appliances, paintings, house decorations and other household items.

“I have been in people’s attics and in their basements. We will do anything to continue this wonderful process … don’t ditch it, donate it and deduct it,” Davis said.

Habitat office Manager Hope Robertson says that those interested in donating should call the store office at 432-4333 to set up the donation and schedule for the item to be picked up.

The Habitat ReStore is now open Tuesdays through Saturdays. Store hours are, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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