Published Wednesday, January 30, 2013

White Oak Golden K takes trip to Habitat ReStore

From Special Reports

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Members of White Oak Golden K Kiwanis Club recently made a trip to the Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity ReStore facility on Pine Road.

The ReStore is located across from the Coweta County Fairgrounds.

Newnan-Coweta Habitat Executive Director Leslie Merriman welcomed the group and then told them about the role that the ReStore plays in the mission of Habitat for Humanity.

The ReStore is a Christian, non-profit donation center. Through the resale of gently used or new tax deductible donations, the ReStore is able to raise funds to serve qualified families with simple, decent, affordable homes, home repair, and education. The ReStore also provides a positive impact on the environment by diverting items from landfills.

So far, more than 1,200 tons of donated goods have been used, re-purposed, and recycled through the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

The ReStore is open to the public, and the hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The ReStore has appliances, furniture, cabinets, building materials, plumbing, lighting, and much more. Their motto is: “It’s the store to shop for yourself while building for others.”

The White Oak Golden K group was also told about a new Habitat for Humanity program called HANDS-UP. It is a home repair initiative designed to help revitalize the appearance of neighborhoods, strengthen connections within communities, and preserve Coweta County’s existing housing stock.

Hands-Up not only enhances the look of the home, it addresses repairs that will alleviate critical health, life, and safety issues or code violations for homeowners in need. Repairs such as exterior paint, weatherization, and critical home repairs qualify for the program.

Homeowners who live in Coweta County may apply by calling 770-252-9049 or by emailing habitat@nchfh.org . The program is for families or individuals who own their home. However, military veterans will be given priority over all other appliciants. Additionally, veterans need not own the home, but it must have been their primary place of residence for the past year, and the homeowner will have to apply and be approved by Habitat.

The visit for the White Oak Golden K members concluded with a tour of the ReStore.

The White Oak Golden K Kiwanis Club of Newnan ( www.whiteoakgoldenk org ) normally meets each Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Sprayberry’s Restaurant, Hwy. 34 in Newnan and welcomes visitors.

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