Celebrating The Opening Of Habitat for Humanity's ReStorePosted: Updated:
It's a project that's been in the works for awhile.
A celebration was held Thursday to gear up for the opening of Thousand Islands Area Habitat for Humanity's ReStore.
Habitat for Humanity volunteers and supporters celebrated the grand opening of its ReStore on Water Street in Watertown.
ReStore's doors open to the public Friday at 9 a.m.
"The committee, and the money and finding the location, we've been working on it for almost two years," store manager John DeVito said.
The ReStore is like a thrift store but only for home items. It will sell items like home furnishings and appliances that have been donated to raise money for the organization.
"We don't do clothing, we don't do knick-knacks, small items, it's more construction and tiles," DeVito said, "and as you can see we have a paint line and furniture and appliances."
The proceeds will help Habitat continue its mission of fixing up and building homes.
"We're going to take the proceeds from this to run the ReStore, but as well to put toward building new homes and rehabbing homes that are already possibly vacant in Jefferson and Lewis counties to be able to put families into," interim executive director JoAnne Fassinger said.
There was more than the store opening to celebrate Thursday. Fassinger was named the organization's interim executive director on Tuesday.
"It's an exciting time," she said.
Fassinger has been involved with Habitat for Humanity in St. Lawrence County for over 12 years and says she looks forward to seeing the organization into this new chapter.
"Putting a resale store in the north country is great for all of the north country," she said. "It's an opportunity to use those revenues to be able to do additional rehabs on houses and build new homes."
The ReStore will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays.