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Walton County Habitat for Humanity is growing

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 4:40 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Habitat for Humanity ReStore not only provides furniture and appliances for homes for a fraction of the cost, but it also helps fund the nonprofit.

“Our ReStore pays for all of our operations so that every dollar donated goes to physically building habitat homes right here in our community,” Teresa Imdieke, president of Walton County Habitat for Humanity, said.

This is why the new store in South Walton will be more than just a furniture showroom and warehouse, it will be an opportunity for growth.

“With triple the amount of space, we’re going to be able to serve that many more families. All the money raised in our ReStore actually stays right here in our community to help build homes for working families right here in our community,” Imdieke said.

Over the past few months, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County has broken records with the amount of furniture donations.

“With so many people moving to Florida right now a lot of people are moving into their rental homes and secondary homes and bringing their belongings from where they’re coming from, so we’re getting a lot of whole house cleanouts,” Imdieke said.

And their old ReStore has faced problems.

“We have a building where the roof doesn’t leak, the floor doesn’t flood, and those are really big things for us after the last seven or eight years here,” J.L. Franklin, project coordinator for ReStore 2020, said.

With a new, bigger store, they will be able to do more to help the community.

“We’ve been able to buy two new trucks-- well new to us-- for picking up donations, so if you’ve remodeled your house or you’ve bought that new sofa and you don’t need the one you have, you give us a call and we’ll come out and pick up the donation,” Franklin said.

The new ReStore is set to open on September first, 2021.

Habitat for Humanity of Walton County is still accepting donations. You can find information on their website.

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