Habitat Store To Aid Mission On Housing

Carol Chang
Wednesday - August 19, 2009
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Leeward Habitat for Humanity kicked off its version of the statewide build-a-thon last Friday and Saturday at Campbell Industrial Park where business executives and community leaders helped to construct the LHH office inside its new ReStore facility.

The ReStore is set to open sometime next month and will offer the public deeply discounted prices on donated building and home-improvement materials. A grand opening is planned for November, according to office manager Anna Piloton. The ReStore’s profits are expected to fund more home-building projects as well as divert “hundreds of tons” of usable material from the landfill during its first year of operation.


Located at 91-220 Kalaeloa Blvd., Warehouse B, the office and new store occupy 4,000 square feet of warehouse space rented from HRPT Properties Trust - but donated free to LHH for the first six months.(The small Habitat staff currently rents office space at a church preschool in Waianae.)

The build-a-thon executives also are raising funds through pledges to support the LHH affordable homes initiative.

The savings in rent, plus the donated labor and countless gifts of flooring, shelves, forklifts, paint and tile means much more than having a new office, noted LHH executive director Susan Hughes.

“Without any administrative costs for six months,“she said, “this will help us build more homes. It’s becoming a reality, and no one is more surprised than me!”

Among the participants Aug. 14-15 were leaders from HRPT Properties Trust, Booz Allen Hamilton, Honsador Lumber, Aloha Gas, the Pearl Harbor and Waianae Coast Rotary clubs and Sergeant Audie Murphy Club of Tripler Medical Center.

The nonprofit HHL is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that builds simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with very low-income families. Its mission is to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness in Leeward Oahu, from Ewa to Makaha. For more information or to donate to the cause, call 696-7882 or 265-2943.

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