The ReStore

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake ReStore operates to accomplish three primary goals, which are to:

  • Generate income that enables Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake to create affordable homeownership opportunities in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County.
  • Serve the community by providing quality products at affordable prices.
  • Preserve our environment by keeping reusable items out of our landfills.

How It Works

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores that sell building materials, furniture, appliances—and much more—at discounted prices. To accomplish the mission, Habitat Chesapeake ReStores accept donated items then resell them to the public at discounted prices. 100% of the profits generated by the sale of these items are invested back into Habitat Chesapeake. With these contributions, the ReStores help to cover the costs of land acquisition, construction and other affiliate operations.

In addition to supporting affordable homeownership opportunities, ReStores also support a healthier planet. By recycling used items, Habitat Chesapeake ReStores provide an outlet through which the community can donate items to be reused, thus diverting millions of pounds of material from local landfills.

With six locations throughout Central Maryland (Columbia, Dundalk, Halethorpe, Pasadena, Sandtown, and Timonium), the ReStores are vital to the continued success of Habitat Chesapeake.

Chesapeake ReStore History

The Anne Arundel ReStore (originally in Pasadena) got its start when the Arundel Habitat for Humanity opened its discount home improvement retail store in 2002. Six years later, in 2008, the Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity affiliate, serving the Baltimore City and Baltimore County, opened its ReStore on Kane Street in Dundalk to serve the Greater Baltimore region. In 2009, the Arundel and Chesapeake affiliates merged, creating Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, bringing both ReStores under one united affiliate.

As the merged affiliate continued to grow, a third ReStore opened in 2011. next door to Habitat Chesapeake’s headquarters. While the Halethorpe ReStore plans were near completion, another affiliate merger was in the works – this time combining efforts with Habitat for Humanity of Howard County.

About a year after this merger was finalized, Habitat Chesapeake opened its fourth store in Columbia to serve Howard County and surrounding areas.

From fiscal year 2012 to mid fiscal year 2014, the combined profits from the four ReStores covered approximately 15 percent of the costs associated with building decent, affordable homes by investing that profit back into Habitat Chesapeake.

Today, the expansion of the Habitat Chesapeake ReStores continues. A merger in October 2014 expanded our Restore location to the newly merged Sandtown. In 2015, the Anne Arundel ReStore moved to Glen Burnie, marking the largest store to date.

We rely on our dedicated employees and our many ReStore volunteers to complete the work necessary to successfully operate the six store locations.

The ReStores are vital to helping Habitat Chesapeake build more homes, but there is another significant purpose to each store. By recycling used items that might otherwise have been tossed aside, the Habitat Chesapeake ReStores have saved millions of pounds of materials from entering the landfill. The recycled items are then spruced up and displayed on the ReStore showroom floors, providing patrons with the opportunity to purchase quality furniture, appliances, plumbing and building materials and more at deeply discounted prices.

Thanks to donors, shoppers and volunteers like you, the Habitat Chesapeake ReStore is able to continue serving the community. Every sale and every donation gets Habitat Chesapeake that much closer to building more homes and serving more families. We can’t thank you enough and encourage you to share the work the ReStore.

Read the Habitat Chesapeake affiliate history for additional information.

Habitat for Humanity International

The ReStore model was developed by Habitat for Humanity International. The International offices provide guidance to local Habitat ReStores, with each store operating as an independent community-level organization serving specific geographic regions on behalf of Habitat International. As a local Habitat ReStore, the Habitat Chesapeake ReStores independently manage all aspects of the store operations, including donations, sales and management. Together, we continuously strive to support the Habitat mission and create a world in which everyone has a decent place to live.