Habitat Happenings

Wake ReStores are Hiring

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Habitat Wake ReStores are growing! In July we opened our Apex location at 826 E. Williams Street and in October, we will open our fourth location in Fuquay-Varina. The new Fuquay-Varina ReStore will be located at 1352 N. Main Street, next to Tractor Supply. With this growth  – Wake ReStores are hiring!

We are looking for several Part-time Donation Pick Up Drivers Click HERE for a complete job description and send a resume and cover letter to natalie.chesson@habitatwake.org

Cary ReStore has filled the position of Assistant Store Manager

Fuquay-Varina ReStore has filled all open positions.


Your home is your castle

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For many of us, our home is our castle! It is an extension of who we are and the place we feel most comfortable. Our homes may not be actual castles, but they are grand in their own way.

If you are considering a remodel, upgrading you space, expanding your space, or just looking for creative ideas to consider for you home improvement project – The Southern Idea Home Show Raleigh is the place to be! Southern Ideal Home Show is the largest leading home & garden trade show in the USA. This exhibition will focus on home improvement, home & garden design, back yard oasis, custom home interiors, and building trends. It will attract many visitors & exhibitors from USA and around the world.

The Southern Ideal Home Show is in Raleigh

Join us Friday September 26th through Sunday September 28th at the NC State Fairgrounds. Hundreds of exhibitors will be showcasing their ideas, products, services, and talents for making your home a castle!

Habitat Wake ReStore will be hosting our Red Tag Sale! Find great items, at a great price for a great cause! Wake ReStores are the thrift stores with a mission! Store locations in Raleigh, Cary, Apex and opening this October to Fuquay-Varina!

ReStore Opening in Fuquay-Varina

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It’s official! Habitat Wake has opened its fourth ReStore in Fuquay-Varina! The store is located at 1352 N. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina  27526 next to Tractor Supply. This is a 12,500 sq. ft. facility that will sell gently used furniture, appliances, building materials, flooring, doors, windows, light fixtures, cabinets and more!

Great stuff, at a great price, for a great cause!

Habitat Wake ReStores collect new and gently used materials and resell them to the public at discounted prices. The ReStores are the thrift stores with a mission! Proceeds from the ReStores support Habitat Wake’s mission to build safe, affordable housing with hard-working, low-income Wake County families. With your support, we will build our 500th home and serve our 1000th family in 2015!

How You can Support the ReStore!

SHOP:  Our ReStores provide the opportunity for you to purchase amazing products such as furniture, appliances, building materials, and more at greatly reduced prices. You never know what you will find at the ReStore; however, you will always find a bargain.

DONATE:  Consider donating your gently used furniture, appliances, doors, windows, and other home good items to the ReStore. Know that your donated materials will find a “re-purpose.” Donations are tax deductible and environmentally friendly. For items too large, we offer FREE scheduled pick-ups. Call 919-744-2420.

VOLUNTEER:  If you want to meet some great people, are interested in learning a new skill, or have a passion to help your  community, the Habitat ReStores need you! We have opportunities as merchandisers, cashiers, donation procurement, sales floor associate, and light repair.


Before and Happily Ever After…

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The cool thing about shopping at the Wake ReStore is not just the great deals that support a great cause, but the possibilities. The possibilities are endless. Buy a $5 chair and with a little imagination and creativity… you can have a $50 chair. A chair that “makes the room” and results in much praise and compliments! And a designer is born! Or at the very least, you are now a crafter, DIY maven or repurpose enthusiast.

Every day, new treasures are made available at our RaleighCary , Apex ReStore and now Fuquay-Varina. Donations are dropped off, picked-up, and secured through our Deconstruction program. “Decon” salvages materials from kitchen remodels, remodeling projects and complete home tear downs. All of these materials are resold in the ReStore to help fund the mission of Habitat Wake to build homes, communities and hope. To date, we have built over 460 homes and touched more than 780 families.

When you shop at our ReStore, you never know what you’ll find, however, you will always find a bargain! Take that bargain and see what you can transform it into. Take a photo of the “Before” and the “After” and send it to us. We’d love to share your talents, treasure and transformation! Send your photo’s, where you purchased the item (Raleigh, Cary, Apex, or Fuquay ReStore), the price of the item, a quick explanation of what you did to transform your piece, and your contact information (we will not share information other than your first name). We will share your “Before and After” on our website, include in our email newsletter and share through social media.

The Before and Happily Ever After Project: If you would like to submit your “Before” and “After” photo of an item purchased at one of our ReStores, we will occasionally share on our website, on social media and include in our email newsletter.


  • Send an email  with the subject line of “Before and After” to : BeforeAndAfter@habitatwake.org
  • Include a photo of the “Before” and  “After”
  • Tell us which store the item was purchased from and the cost
  • Provide a brief description of what you did to transform the item
  • Include your name (we will only share your first name when we post photos)


Habitat Wake prepares for the completion of the 100th “ABWK” project

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We not only build safe, affordable homes for qualified homebuyers — we revitalize communities and build hope.

On August 8th, we will reach a special milestone. Habitat Wake will complete its 100th “A Brush With Kindness” project at the home of Anne and Larry Wilson located at 425 Solar Drive in Raleigh’s Apollo Heights neighborhood.

A Brush With Kindness through Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.

A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) is an exterior home preservation program that offers painting, landscaping and minor repair services to eligible low-income homeowners so they can continue to live in safe, decent homes for years to come. Work is completed by volunteers and includes painting, landscaping, and minor repair services. Habitat Wake will assist 45 local homeowners this year through A Brush With Kindness. The project at the Wilson home will be the first to include a roof repair.

Habitat Wake added A Brush With Kindness to its menu of services in 2010 as part of its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) efforts, led by Syretta Hill of Habitat Wake. Neighborhood Revitalization is a national Habitat for Humanity initiative which aims to serve more families by responding to community needs with an expanded array of products, services and partnerships that enhance the quality of life for all. “We work closely with city and county officials to identify neighborhoods in need of support, especially safe, affordable housing,” Hill explains. A Brush With Kindness is one Habitat Wake solution to improve housing conditions in Neighborhood Revitalization communities. The program is also available to owners of existing homes in neighborhoods where Habitat has built new homes. “A Brush With Kindness is a service to the homeowner and boosts the appearance and pride of the entire neighborhood,” Hill added. “It helps Habitat Wake build communities, not just houses.”

Habitat Wake builds homes, communities and hope.

Habitat Wake’s primary mission is to build affordable, decent homes in partnership with hardworking families in Wake County who cannot afford a traditional mortgage. When you shop, donate or volunteer at the ReStore — you are providing financial support to our mission. The agency also funds the building of homes in El Rosario, Honduras, and supports envirnomental stewardship through the Deconstruction services program. To date, Habitat Wake has built over 460 homes in Wake County and touched more than 750 families. Help us build our 500th home and touch our 1000th family by 2015!

Support Habitat Wake

Looking for ways to support the mission of Habitat Wake? Consider volunteering at the ReStore, donating unwanted household goods to the ReStore, shopping at the ReStore, and volunteering or donating directly to the Habitat Wake affiliate.

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