Over the past year, the local La Pine ReStore located on HWY 97 in North La Pine, has been the center of activity for the Habitat for Humanity program in our La Pine Sunriver area.
“We grow La Pine one house at a time,” Executive Director, Dwane Krumme likes to say.
And indeed the Newberry Habitat for Humanity program is all about finding potential new homeowners and reaching out in the community to partner with other nonprofits to help residents who have homes that need a little work to make them more livable. During their tenure in the area, the NHFH has built 22 homes in La Pine and they are raising money right now to build another one or two this coming year!
The local ReStore is the place where people donate gently used household items and left over building materials including renovation teardowns, appliances, home furnishings, paint and fasteners, tools and anything that can be reduced reused and recycled into their customer’s projects!
Not only do they accept donations, but they also help many of the nonprofits in the area when they need an item that is carried on their sales floor. Recently, the ReStore received a new set of Bagpipes and they were donated to the Chamber’s annual Live Auction. The new sink in the Chamber bathroom found its way to the Chamber’s new residence by way of the ReStore and it is a never ending cycle of giving and receiving that makes the ReStore’s influence in the community a well-respected and appreciated one.
At the banquet, Executive Director, Dwane Krumme was joined on stage by his ReStore manager, Rolando Alonzo and a host of ReStore volunteers who came to the party to have fun and then they walked away with the big award for Community Service! The ReStore and Newberry Habitat need volunteers and are working to coordinate new programs for do-it-yourselfers where they will host skill building classes in the community. Congratulations to the new Community Service of 2014 award winners Newberry Habitat for Humanity La Pine ReStore.