Saturday, February 26, 2011

Now Open - Habitat for Humanity - ReStore

A special ceremony took place this morning at the location of the ReStore store brought to our community by Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.  Instead of a typical ribbon cutting ceremony, the staff and directors conducted a dedication ceremony with invited guests, customers, and many volunteers.  The store was dedicated in a christian tradition to the glory of God.  Present at the ceremony were Mary Buikema, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Tom Hyde, Director of ReStore, and a special message was delivered by Pastor Ken Benson, who brought ReStore to Michigan after seeing successful stores in other states.  The new store is located at 5920 Alpine Ave. NW, adjacent to the Meijer Gas Station at Alpine Ave. and 7 Mile Rd. NW. The store will be managed by Elvira Torres who invites you to visit.  You can call (616) 647-9292.  The store will be referred to as ReStore North, as another store serves the south side of Greater Grand Rapids.  By purchasing low cost affordable home improvement items, you assist Habitat for Humanity of Kent County in its mission to construct safe and affordable housing for families throughout Kent County.  You also become an environmental stewards by actively recycling and reusing home improvement products and building supplies.

Plenty of enthusiastic people were on hand for the opening ceremony.  There were free donuts and coffee and lunch was brought in bt one of the sponsors. Little Ceasars Pizza. Also helping in sponsoring events for the day were Tom's Donuts, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and GRIP.

Tom Hyde, Director of Kent County ReStore

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County Executive Director Mary Buikema, Store Manager Elvira Torres, and Pastor Ken Benson

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