ReStore -St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity is located at 801 Wagner Drive in Roberts across from Dollar General. The St. Croix Valley store opened their New Richmond location in April 2010 and moved to Roberts in May 2016. The River Falls location moved in with the Roberts location this past August 2017. They now serve the St. Croix Valley area that includes Roberts, Hammond, River Falls, Hudson, and New Richmond. ReStore Roberts became a chamber member in the summer of 2016.
Watch for sale/party information during the week of May 21st. ReStore will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary at the Roberts location and the 8th anniversary of the first ReStore location opening in the area.
This year, Brandon Patterson has joined the staff at ReStore. Brandon is from the Americorps VISTA program which works to fight poverty and social inequality. VISTA was founded in 1965 under President John F. Kennedy and was folded into Americorp in 1993.
Brandon found and researched the program online and after applying was sworn in at the Milwaukee office and will work for the next year with the St. Croix and Pierce County affiliate. Brandon says he has learned a wide variety of issues within the St. Croix and Pierce County region. He says, “The housing demand for the impoverished that claims up to 1/3 or more of their income just for rent is one of the things that has stood out to me the most. It’s rather ludicrous, and I love the mission that Habitat For Humanity has to help fix that.”
He has also learned through the VISTA program administrative skills such as communications, outreach, grant-writing, and fundraising in general. During his time at ReStore, he is the capacity builder for the affiliate and will work with the office staff mainly in charge of community outreach, researching and utilizing ways to increase funding, as well as increasing the volunteer base.
ReStore is a lot like the “Goodwill” of home goods. The money they raise from their sales goes into the Habitat for Humanity organization. Community members, contractors, remodelers and suppliers can donate everything from furniture, light fixtures, doors, hardware, patio furniture and so many other things. It’s a perfect place to shop, saving you money on your home projects and helping the community at the same time.
Currently, the need for items include furniture and building supplies. If you have these items to donate, or have questions, please contact them at 715-760-3456. They are currently open Tuesday through Saturday 9am-5pm. Donation hours are Tuesday through Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday 9am-Noon.
The St. Croix Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity is going to start building a new Habitat home in Hammond this spring for a local family. Groundbreaking is planned for April 2018, weather pending. Volunteers will be needed, please contact ReStore if you are interested.
Pictured from Left to Right: back row; Andy Scheiderer (ReStore), Kathy Deiss (ReStore), Candi Phernetton (WESTconsin Credit Union), Maggie Cogbill (Western Wisconsin Health), Pam Deutsch (Helmer Printing), Robert Bauer (Minuteman Press), and Cindy Brown Bauer (Minuteman Press). Front Row; Angie Wycoff (Focus Digital Marketing), Lisa Christensen (ASIL Design), Lisa Lyon (First Bank Baldwin), Debbie Murtha (ReStore), and Brandon Patterson (ReStore)