SPEARFISH — Since opening its doors two years ago, the Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity Spearfish ReStore, through the help of its donors, shoppers, and volunteers, has repurposed 197 tons and recycled nine tons of furniture, appliances, and building materials.
“That’s 10 semi loads of material that otherwise would likely have gone to the landfill,” Todd Ackerman, Spearfish ReStore manager, said. Those numbers include 80 couches, 50 electric and gas ranges, 960 light fixtures, 300 kitchen cabinets, 1,030 gallons of paint, and 136,000 square feet of carpeting — enough to carpet three acres.
“None of this would be possible without our residential and commercial donors who graciously give items supporting this local ministry, which not only helps build homes, but also hope in our community,” Ackerman said.
This summer, the Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate marks its 25th anniversary, and since 1990, the nonprofit has served more than 100 local and 60 international families’ housing needs. In addition to new home construction, the ministry has also recently added home preservation projects in the communities it serves, which include Spearfish, Lead, Deadwood, Sturgis, Custer, Rapid City, and Box Elder. Ackerman described that these projects could consist of smaller projects, such as a roof replacement, on an existing home, versus the new home construction for which Habitat for Humanity is known.
“Volunteers are the heartbeat of Habitat for Humanity’s mission of providing hope through homes,” Ackerman added, describing that in the last year, volunteers at the Spearfish ReStore have given 1,200 hours. They help receive and inventory donations, work the cash register, and assist customers.
Overall, the two Black Hills ReStores in Spearfish and Rapid City have contributed $240,000 toward the homebuilding programs since their establishment.
The public is invited to an open house Monday to celebrate the anniversary, with coffee, refreshments, and 25 percent off everything in the Spearfish ReStore, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The ReStore accepts donations during its store hours and also picks up donations one day a week. All items must be complete and in usable condition to be accepted, and Ackerman said furniture, appliances, and building supplies are the biggest sellers. The ReStore is unable to accept: chemicals, including cleaning solvents, computers, monitors, printers, mattresses, bedding, small appliances, TVs, used oil-based paints/stain, window treatments, items for professional/commercial use, mirrors and glass not in frames, food, or household items.
The Spearfish ReStore is located at 2915 E. Colorado Blvd. For more information, call the ReStore at 717-1882 or visit blackhillshabitatrestore.org.
“We are very thankful for the generosity and patronage of the good people in our area, without whom we could not help others in our Black Hills community,” Ackerman said.
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