April 08, 2015 - 5:00 AM
KELOWNA – After a very successful year in West Kelowna, Habitat for Humanity has opened another ReStore in the Central Okanagan, this time in Kelowna.
Executive Director Deb Guthrie says the Kelowna ReStore, which takes in items donated from the public, resells them and uses the profits to build homes for families in need, is even bigger than the West Kelowna location.
“Our store in West Kelowna has been very successful,” she says. “It’s one of the most successful in Canada and because the Okanagan is so generous we just couldn’t fit the incredible amount of product into the store that we had.”
The Kelowna location, which Guthrie calls their flagship store, has approximately 23,000 square feet of items like appliances, kitchen and bathroom accessories, hardware, furniture, carpets, fixtures, construction materials, tools and more.
“The list is very long,” she says. “You have to really come in to understand everything we have.”
Last year 160 volunteers logged 24,000 hours, the most of any ReStore in Canada.
“We have a very dedicated staff here and that’s why it works so well,” she says. “We couldn’t exist without our volunteers.”
Guthrie says 2015 is going to be an exciting year for them.
“This year we are building three duplexes in Peachland. It’s the first affordable housing project in Peachland so we’re really excited that six new families are going to have the opportunity to own their own homes.”
The Kelowna ReStore is located at 2092 Enterprise Way and is open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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