JUNE 4, 2018 - VOL. 54 No. 8

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Community Appeals Capital Drive Schedule



Habitat for Humanity plans expansion with campaign
Community Appeal to expand ReStore

By Amy Smolik
Marketing & Communications Manager

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls builds and preserves homes with people in need who may not otherwise have safe, secure housing. Partner families invest hundreds of hours, working alongside volunteers to build their own and others' homes. Once completed, homes are sold to those families at no profit and with no-interest loans.

A capital campaign to expand the Habitat for Humanity of Sioux Falls ReStore and new warehouse will have a positive economic impact on the community by expanding the number of new homeowners and adding to opportunities for recycling building materials.

The organization will hold a campaign kick-off Thursday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. at its ReStore, located at 721 E. Amidon St., in northeast Sioux Falls.

The plan for the Nov. 1, 2013-March 31, 2014 campaign is based on how Habitat has grown, said Executive Director Sue Olsen.

"We know there is a housing need and we have a vision for the future," she said.
Habitat for Humanity owns five acres adjacent to the current building and will be able to expand on that space. Initial drawings show the ReStore doubling its space to 20,000 sq. ft. The added floor space will allow the organization to add more donations — increasing sales and saving even more items from the landfill. A new warehouse will provide year-round building options. Adding the capability to build some home components indoors will extend the volunteer opportunities year-round and expand the number of homes the organization can build. Once the campaign is successfully completed, the organization will formally map out the space Olsen said. They intend to break ground in 2014.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sioux Falls previously held a Community Appeals drive in 2000 to raise $800,000 to build its warehouse and ReStore. The Sioux Falls ReStore is in the top 10 percent of all Habitat organizations for the amount of sales. Because of the ReStore, Olsen estimates 300 tons of construction materials are saved from the landfill each year. Profits from the ReStore are used to fund builds.  Currently, one to two homes per year are at least partially funded by ReStore profits. Sales from the expanded ReStore will fund as many as three additional builds per year.

Since it started in Sioux Falls in 1989, Habitat has built or rehabilitated more than 110 homes, housing 170 adults and 425 children.

In addition Habitat conducts a Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI). With volunteers, NRI improves curb appeal and preserves homes by painting, doing yardwork or performing minor repairs. More than 60 existing homes have been improved since 2011.


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