It’s time to ReStore
Habitat for Humanity to open store in Germantown

By AMANDA VOSS - Daily News

Sept. 4, 2014

The exterior of the new Germantown Restore is shown Tuesday afternoon. The Restore is owned by the Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties. The grand opening is set for Sep. 10.     Photo by John Ehlke

GERMANTOWN — Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties is getting ready to open their third ReStore in the county.

The Germantown store will open Sept. 10 and volunteers are ready to serve the community.

Bernie Hletko is the store manager at the Germantown ReStore, W188 N10707 Maple Road.

“We see the need for donations and community activity in Washington County and the Germantown area,” he said.

Ryan Boyd, volunteer coordinator, said the ReStore takes donations from public and private enterprises and sells them at a discount.

“All the money we raise goes into building and repairing homes here in Washington and Dodge counties,” Boyd said.

Signs promoting the opening for the Germantown Restore on Tuesday afternoon.
Photo by John Ehlke

“The nice thing about us the money we raise for our affiliate (Habitat for Humanity Washington and Dodge Counties) stays in Washington and Dodge counties. We’re very locally focused.”

Parts for plumbing, heating and electrical items, along with windows, doors, tools, furniture and appliances will be sold there.

Boyd said the the Beaver Dam, West Bend and Germantown ReStores are great places to find odd and unique items.

“We get a lot of cool tools,” Boyd said, adding people drop off items like unique drawer pulls.

Eric Oliver, marketing facilitator, said the Beaver Dam ReStore received a taxidermy squirrel and it became the store mascot.

If anyone is buying new furniture or remodeling a home and needs to get rid of furniture and items from the home remodel, Boyd said the ReStore offers free pickup and removal services.

To help fill the Germantown ReStore with donated items, Boyd said there will be a donation drive 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

About two dozen volunteers are working to get the store ready for its first day of business.

“Everything we’ve done so far has been volunteers,” Boyd said. “We rely on the public for volunteering and donations and shopping as well.”

Boyd said volunteers include young people from Elevate Inc. in Jackson. Boyd said the volunteers from Elevate have been great and volunteering teaches them hard work and discipline.

“That’s what we look for in volunteers. People who are willing to work hard and put in the hours,” he said.

Hletko said there will be two to three employees at the Germantown ReStore and between 15-20 volunteers.

Opening the store has been rewarding for everyone involved and Boyd said the most rewarding part is knowing the store will improve the lives of people in the community.

The store will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information or to volunteer, call 255-7470.