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Go “green” with spring cleaning and help build the American dream

Need a great incentive to begin your spring cleaning?  On the third Wednesday of June (June 15), July (July 20) & August (August 17), a truck from the Morris Habitat for Humanity ReStore will be in Summit to pick up your new and gently used home furnishings, building materials, lighting fixtures, furniture in good condition and refrigerators, stoves, washers & dryers that are clean, operational and less than six years old.  Donations to the ReStore are tax-deductible.

The ReStore requests that you register your items for pick up at least one week prior to the pickup date.  Registration is easy.  Simply email the ReStore at localpickups@morrishfh.org and include a short description of the items you’d like to donate along with a daytime contact telephone number.  A volunteer will call you to confirm your donation and to schedule a pickup time.  For questions regarding donation guidelines (what can and cannot be accepted), please visit the ReStore website at www.morrishabitat.org/restore/donate

Located on Iron Mountain Road in Mine Hill Township, the ReStore is staffed mainly by volunteers.  The store’s inventory is 100% donated from businesses and individuals.  Items donated to the ReStore are sold at a fraction of their retail prices and all sales proceeds are used to build affordable housing in Morris county and surrounding areas.

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Anne Schwab, ReStore Director, urges residents of Summit to go green and “reduce, reuse, recycle” by donating items to the ReStore.  Since 2008, the ReStore has kept over 1,000 tons of usable items from landfills and funded the building of four homes.  Schwab explained that “there is no better way to preserve the environment and help local working families achieve the American dream of home ownership.”

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Morris Habitat has built or rehabilitated 207 homes through its local and international building efforts.  Habitat houses are affordable because no profit is included in the sale price nor is interest charged on the mortgage.  Habitat reinvests the monthly mortgage payments into a revolving fund which is then used to build more homes.

Blair Schleicher Bravo, Executive Director of Morris Habitat for Humanity, emphasized that Habitat is not a giveaway program.  Rather, she said, it is a partnership that enables hard-working, responsible people of modest means to afford home ownership and to build a better life for their families.

In addition to monthly mortgage payments, each homeowner family invests hundreds of hours of its own labor, termed “sweat equity”, into the building of the family’s own house or other Habitat houses.  Morris Habitat has had no foreclosure of homes since its inception. 

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