Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore counties celebrated the public launch of its campaign to ReStore Winona with a sold-out room of more than 300 supporters at its annual dinner on May 18. The campaign to ReStore Winona is focused on building a larger ReStore at a nearly two-acre location on West Third Street, to be co-located with the Habitat office, so that the team can work stronger together and raise more money for mission delivery through the sale of gently used and new building materials and furniture.
Leading up to the campaign kick-off dinner, the campaign cabinet had raised nearly $700,000. In a strong show of support for ReStore expansion, the Slaggie Family Foundation announced a $150,000 match to jump start the public phase of the campaign. This dollar-for-dollar match and the more than $100,000 raised at the dinner will propel Habitat very near to the campaign finish line.
“This is a huge step for us, and very exciting,” said executive director Amanda Hedlund. “In the face of the affordable housing shortage, we are being called to do more. Without growing, we won’t have what it takes to answer the call. We are so grateful to everyone who shares in our vision, and who has invested in this campaign.”
The goal of the campaign, and the single most important outcome, will be to double Habitat’s work of building and repairing homes locally. Organizers project that with increased revenue from the new ReStore they will be able to build two houses each year and deliver A Brush With Kindness home repair in the warmer months.
The new ReStore will feature a drive-through donation drop-off and processing center so that donors can have the high-quality experience they have come to expect. Shoppers will have a wider selection to choose from because of the expanded floor plan. The building will also feature a community workshop, where Habitat staff and volunteers will teach low- to no-cost classes on the fundamentals of home maintenance and repair: how to prep a home exterior for paint, how to replace a leaky faucet, how to patch plaster, or replace a window.
“It is time for Habitat for Humanity to grow,” said Carlos Espinosa, city planner and Habitat Board president. “The affordable housing shortage is at a pressure point for residents. Habitat is well positioned to be a part of the solution, both in terms of maintain our older housing stock and in building new, affordable homes. Our new ReStore is a critical element of the solution, and it will lay the foundation for Habitat to grow and expand in a sustainable way.”
The Habitat for Humanity office will relocate to the new building at 126 North Baker Street this summer. Work will continue on improvements and additions to the ReStore throughout the fall and winter, and an official ReStore grand opening is tentatively planned for June 2019.
To make a contribution to Habitat’s campaign to ReStore Winona, send a check to Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore counties, PO Box 1183, Winona, Minn., 55987, of visit habitatwinona.org/make-a-gift.
About Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore counties
Founded in 1994, Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore counties is a nonprofit organization the works toward a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Open to the public, the ReStore supports Habitat operations by selling new and gently used building materials and furniture. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes. It was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety. The office is located at 161 Lafayette Street, and the ReStore is located at 77 Laird Street, Winona. For more information, call 507-457-0003, or visit www.habitatwinona.org.