First Habitat for Humanity ReStore Opens in Berlin
A grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning brought out both local and state officials to the store along with people from the community who couldn't wait to start browsing. It's the first ReStore to open in Worcester County and marks a big step for the county's chapter as it works to continue serving the needs of low-income families.
"It's always a challenge for nonprofits to be able to raise enough money to do what we do, and Habitat associates in particular are essentially always doing capital projects because we are raising money to construct homes. That's an expensive venture," said Andrea Bowland, the county chapter's executive director.
"So we need to be able to raise enough revenue streams, aside from grants and fundraisers, that is able to support this mission."
Shoppers browsed through rows of affordable furniture and housewares, some antiques and others in nearly brand new condition.
"The prices I think are very reasonable and there's so many choices it's hard to make up your mind. But everything looks like it's in good condition," said shopper Nancy Givens of St. Michaels.
All store items are donated goods from homes and businesses around the area. Revenue generated from the store goes right back into operations ranging from home renovations to building homes for families in crisis.
"You can see first hand a lot of the wealth in this community is central to Ocean City and Berlin, and there's a lot of people in the outreaches of this county that need that help," said the store's general manager Justin Cannon. "So we're really excited to be apart of helping those people and stabilizing some of those areas."
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Berlin is open Thursday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm.