– “South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity Stores Help Restore Thurston County”
“Most people know Habitat for their affordable home ownership program. But there is another way that Habitat is giving back to our community.
“Habitat has two Habitat Store locations in Thurston County – one in Olympia and one in Yelm. These discount home improvement stores sell new and used furniture, appliances, and home improvement materials at 30 to 90 percent off retail prices. Paint, plumbing, couches, cabinets, flooring, fixtures – all of it and more can be found at a Habitat Store.
“Shawna Dutton, SPS Habitat’s marketing, development and communications manager, describes what a huge impact these stores have in our community. ‘The store sells donated items at reduced cost and uses the proceeds generated from those donations to cover 100 percent of the overhead of our organization in addition to building 1-2 homes per year,’ she explains, ‘which allows 100 percent of donations that come in from organizations and individuals in our community to go directly into our homebuilding program. This sets us apart from a lot of non-profits.’
“The work SPS Habitat does is needed in Thurston County now more than ever,” by Crystal Mazzuca, Thurston Talk.