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.
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
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
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
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.