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Habitat ReStore deserves support

When it comes to actually making a difference in people’s lives, it is hard to find an organization that does more or does it any better than Habitat for Humanity.

The Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity that serves Clayton, Fayette and Henry counties is no exception.

The ministry’s new venture, a ReStore to be located on Ga. 20 in McDonough, is great news for the community, for the economy, for consumers but more than anything for the families assisted by Habitat.

The philosophy of Habitat for Humanity can best be captured with the proverb, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.”

Habitat teaches principles essential for living “the American dream” of home ownership.

They require the families they serve to have “equity” in their new home that goes way beyond dollars and cents.

When they are handed the keys to a new home built by volunteers, they are prepared for the responsibility and the success rate of our local Habitat organization proves that point.

With more than 96 percent of those served staying in their homes, paying their mortgages and improving their lives, Habitat for Humanity is a true success story for our entire community.

The Jonesboro-based organization says it hopes to have its new ReStore open in McDonough by October.

For want of a better description, the ReStore has the feel of a Home Depot with “gently-used” merchandise, available at a fraction of the cost of retail.

The enterprise is possible because the merchandise is donated by individuals, businesses, contractors, churches and other organizations.

While consumers are able to purchase products they might not otherwise afford, the proceeds go back to the programs and services provided by Habitat for Humanity.

The concept is an idea “whose time has come,” and it is catching on in communities throughout the nation.

This is an ambitious project for our local Habitat for Humanity organization and deserving of community support.

We encourage individuals, businesses and agencies to consider quality donations of goods or monetary donations to this important and valuable local organization that gives families more than a hand out. It gives a hand up in meaningful ways that have a proven track record of success.