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Military Appreciation All Year at the ReStore

Every day at our ReStores, you will find items at low prices for a great cause. Each purchase made at our ReStores helps us build and repair homes throughout the San Gabriel Valley. We are proud to say that over the last few years we have served several veterans, and their families, through our homeownership and home repair programs.

With May being Military Appreciation month, it seems like a great time to remind shoppers about the discount at our ReStores available to all active and non-active members of the military every day, all year. All active and non-active members of the military receive a 10% discount at our ReStores. If you know a member of the Military, make sure to let them know about the discounts available to them.

The month of May ends with us celebrating Memorial Day to remember the sacrifice and service of members of the military. Make sure to stay tuned for upcoming sales both online and in-store. This year our Duarte ReStore will be open on Memorial Day with a storewide sale available to everyone. 

Here at San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity we appreciate members of the military for their service to our country. We employ veterans at our ReStore and have had veterans volunteer at our ReStores throughout the years.

If you, or someone you know, is a veteran or active member of our military interested in our home repair program please contact our Home Repairs Services team for more information. 

Volunteer at the ReStores!

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn

April is National Volunteer Month and we want to highlight the volunteers that help our ReStores thrive. Each ReStore relies heavily on the selfless energy that our volunteers bring every day.

Volunteering at one of the ReStores is a great way to help your community and families all year long. Did you know that volunteers as young as 14 years old can volunteer at our ReStore? We host individual volunteers and volunteer groups from high schools, churches and community groups. Recently, we had a group of students from Arcadia High School volunteering bright and early on a Saturday morning. As a volunteer you can find yourself as a part of a team for the day, knowing that you are a part of something much bigger.  

Meet future Habitat homeowner partner Liliya Stepanian, who was working on her 100 sweat equity hours towards her new Habitat for Humanity home. Liliya appreciates her time spent volunteering at the ReStore, “It’s a great opportunity to help the community and also to help yourself.”

Last year, we had more than 170 volunteers complete over 4,600 hours. Volunteers help us keep our ReStore organized, unbox new donations, sanitize our gently used items and help assist our ReStore staff with various. We offer morning and afternoon shifts throughout the week, Monday through Saturday.   

San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity hosts volunteers on our build sites, in our office, during events and at our ReStores. If you’re interested in volunteering, you can sign up here!

Spring Cleaning with the ReStore

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It’s officially SPRING! You know what that means? Time for spring cleaning! Don’t worry, the ReStores are here to help. Not only can you count on us to pick up your donated items, but our ReStores sell various cleaning and organizational supplies too.

Spring Cleaning Tip #1- Schedule your Donation Pickup!restore donation items

Our ReStores provide a low-cost pickup service for your used furniture, appliances and building supplies. As you start your Spring cleaning, give us a call or email to schedule your pickup. When you’re ready, we’ll come by to pick up the dresser that’s been in the garage for years, the patio furniture you need to clear up before the new set arrives or that stack of unused tile from your bathroom project 3 years ago. See the list to view items we will accept for donation.

Spring Cleaning Tip #2 – Deep Clean & Organize Your Home

Our ReStores receive a weekly donation of various cleaning and organizational supplies. All of the products that we sell are at a low cost and often in bulk quantities. We also receive weekly donations of fresh linens and appliances. Spring is a great time to freshen up and stock your linen closet with new towels and bed sheets.restore paint colors

Spring Cleaning Tip #3 – Freshen Up the Paint around the house

This spring is the perfect time to add a fresh coat of paint. Both of our ReStores carry ½, 1- and 5-gallon buckets of paint in 17 colors at a low cost.
Prices range from:
½ gallons – $10 (limited colors only)
1 gallon – $15-$20
5-gallon buckets – $85-$96

Although our ReStores are open year-round, Spring is an especially fun time at our ReStore. As everyone is doing their Spring Cleaning, our ReStores fill up with lots of gently used furniture ready to find a new home. Make sure to stop by our ReStores either in person or online for all of your Spring Cleaning needs.

Old Stuff Day – A Donation Story

restore donations toolsAs a former Donations Coordinator here at San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore, I am a self-proclaimed expert in “Old Stuff.” There were days when I would answer 40 phone calls and countless email correspondence, each person on the other end with one goal – donating their old stuff in a timely manner. Although most phone calls were just about obtaining the most pertinent information, occasionally a donor had a bit more to share. 

In honor of National Old Stuff day (March 2nd), I’d like to tell you about Sally (a fictional name, but a real story). 

As I recited my usual salutations, “Habitat for Humanity, this is Cynthia speaking, how can I help you?” The donor on the other end of the phone call sounded different than the rest. She was calling about donating “old stuff,” but her tone was different than the usual donor. “Sally” was calling to donate items that her late husband left behind.

“Sally’s” husband had passed away just a few days prior, and had many tools left in the garage. His tools were kept in great condition, because her husband was a meticulous man who loved fixing and building things. As she described her husband’s items, through tears, I can hear how much she loved her husband and how strongly she felt about donating his items to a good cause. As I held back my own tears, I listened to her stories about how her husband could fix anything under the sun and if any of their neighbors needed something fixed, her husband was the one they would call. Sending her husbands prized tools off to SGV Habitat meant they would keep helping more people, living on in his memory. 

We later heard from our ReStore drivers that “Sally” had shared more stories with them. Thanks to her generosity, the items she donated were sold at our ReStore, where they not only found a new home, but they went to a good cause. All proceeds from the sale go towards our mission of repairing and building homes throughout San Gabriel Valley -building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. 

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If you’re interested in scheduling your own donation pickup call our Donation Coordinators at 626-387-6900, email photos to restoreinfo@sgvhabitat.org or visit us at sgvrestore.org/donation-pick-up-request/. 

 

Atwater Village ReStore 

5201 W. San Fernando Rd.  

Los Angeles, CA 90039 

Drop off hours: 9am to 12pm 

Store hours: 9am to 5:30pm 

 

Duarte ReStore 

2215 Huntington Dr.  

Duarte, CA 91010 

Store hours: 9:30am to 6pm