Ask any ReStore employee or volunteer and they will tell you our mission; beat our sales goals! We strive to achieve our daily, monthly, and yearly sales projections, and we almost always do. This seemingly simple goal requires hours of planning, back-breaking work, and a special kind of resilience that only those who work with the public must maintain.
Why do we do it? Because at the beginning of every year we make a commitment. We promise Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam that we will make a certain amount of money.
This amount is formulated by considering last year’s results, studying projected sales trends, and budgeting for our many expenses (running two stores isn’t cheap). But, ultimately, the amount is just a promise. Nonetheless, it is an important promise that Habitat for Humanity uses to plan the number of houses they can build in the upcoming year.
Each house represents a family.
After a Habitat for Humanity Partner Family is selected, the family enters into a year-long program of homeowner education. The family members also perform sweat equity by working with the construction team to build their own home. Private donations and ReStore proceeds make construction possible (building 6-10 energy efficient homes a year isn’t cheap either).
Failure to deliver our promise affects Habitat for Humanity’s plans, but, more importantly, it adversely affects our families.
This year, along with years past, the ReStore is keeping its promise. Our loyal and generous donors are keeping our shelves full of great furniture and viable building materials. Our shoppers are keeping the cash register ringing and the merchandise moving. Our enthusiastic fans are letting others know about our inventory, promotions and programs.