WHAT IS A HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE?

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.  Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.

About Our ReStore

Our ReStore is run by Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity (SENH). You can learn more about our affiliate chapter on their website here.

SENH Vision Statement
Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live and housing poverty and homelessness are eliminated. Habitat believes that the home is a key catalyst in helping to permanently break the cycle of poverty.

SENH Mission Statement
Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that works to strengthen families and communities by building and renovating simple, decent, safe, energy, and affordable homes. Our mission is to eliminate poverty housing and to put God’s love into action, we bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.

How We Do It
We work in partnership with corporations, like-minded community groups, faith-based organizations, and individual volunteers providing decent, affordable, energy efficient, and stable housing for those in need through sweat equity strengthens families and in turn communities. We work with volunteers, other non profits, local governments, sponsors, religious congregations and others in our community.

We welcome all people who seek the love of God without regard to religion, ability, age, color, economic circumstance, ethnic background, family configuration, gender, nationality, or sexual orientation and act with the highest standards of integrity, respect and dignity in all our dealings with our families, staff, volunteers and all with whom we do business.

We adhere to the highest standards of care, product and services and care about the community we serve.

Towns We Serve in Southeastern New Hampshire

All of Strafford County:

Barrington
Center Strafford
Dover
Durham
Farmington
Lee
Madbury
Milton
Milton Mills
New Durham
Rochester
Rollinsford
Somersworth
Strafford

Parts of Rockingham County:

Brentwood
East Kingston
Epping
Exeter
Greenland
Hampton
Hampton Falls
Kensington
Kingston
New Castle
Newfields
Newington
Newmarket
North Hampton
Portsmouth
Rye
Seabrook
South Hampton
Stratham

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. HFHI has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by the late Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

How does Habitat for Humanity work? 
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses. Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor — sweat equity — into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. Qualifying families purchase their home at cost. They must take an interest-free mortgage which they pay back over 20-30 years.

How does Habitat for Humanity find/buy houses and property? 
Currently, Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity buys property or homes in need of repair using money raised through donations or mortgage payments of current Habitat partner families. Obviously, in our area, land is quite expensive, so it is a daunting task to find land that will allow us to keep homeowner payments affordable.

For some affiliates, cities and towns will donate or sell town-owned property at a discounted price to Habitat for affordable housing. In addition, sometimes houses in need of repair and renovation will be donated. Our affiliate is working on creating relationships with the towns in our service area to set up agreements and donations such as these.

How much does a Habitat house cost?
Housing costs vary throughout the country, and the world, for that matter. For Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity, the cost of building a home averages between $130,000 and $175,000. Habitat homes are affordable for low-income families because there is no profit included in the sale price and no interest charged on the mortgage.

How are Habitat partner families selected? 
Families in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates. The affiliate’s Family Selection Committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program, and their ability to repay a no-interest loan. Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection; neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat homes.

What must a family do to become a Habitat partner family? 
Partner families are selected based on several criteria. Families must demonstrate financial need, have the ability to make monthly mortgage payments, and commit to volunteering at least 250 hours of volunteer labor on their own home or other Habitat projects, among other things.

What happens to a partner family’s mortgage payments? 
A Habitat partner family’s monthly mortgage payments become part of a revolving fund, which is used to acquire property and build more homes for more partner families.

What if a partner family wants to move out of their home? 
The contract a partner family signs gives Habitat the first option of buying the house back from the partner family. The partner family does not lose money in the process. Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity seeks families that are willing to make a long-term commitment to living in their homes. The contract also ensures that the homeowners are true to their partnership and protects
Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity and its supporters from a short-term sale through other legal means.

Who can volunteer with Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity?
Anyone can volunteer in a variety of ways! See our volunteering page in the Top Menu of this site or click here

Can I volunteer with Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity if I don’t live in the Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity service area? 
Volunteers from any town are more than welcome to volunteer with Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity; however, volunteers can
search for the Habitat affiliate most conveniently located to them by going to the Habitat affiliate
search engine
.

Do volunteers need to have special skills to work at a construction site? 
Nope! People of all skill levels are welcome to help on site. Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity site supervisors provide
safety and job training on the day of a build. Site supervisors work to find the most appropriate
tasks for volunteers to do based on the volunteer’s skills and comfort level.

What days are volunteers needed? Can I work on the weekends? 
Currently, Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity construction and building occurs predominantly on Thursdays and Saturdays. There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities that do not involve being on the build site. 

Do volunteers need to bring their own tools? How about lunch? Anything else? 
Tools are provided by Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity; however, if volunteers are more comfortable using their own tools, Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity recommends that volunteers make sure the tools are labeled. This will ensure the tools do not get lost or damaged. Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity is not responsible for any misplaced or damaged tools. Lunch is sometimes provided for volunteers by volunteers, but in general, volunteers should plan to pack a lunch and plenty of water for the day. In addition, our worksites are construction areas, so volunteers should wear appropriate clothing (no open toed shoes, etc.). As well, you should plan to bring sunscreen and bug spray when appropriate.

Can youth help build?
Youth who are 16 years of age and older may help build on a construction site; however, there are a number of other ways that younger people can help. Youth can design and make site signs, window boxes, birdhouses, and other design elements that make a house a home. They can also help run a fundraising event or do public speaking at their church or school. 

What can I do other than help build a house?
There are a number of other ways volunteers can help Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity, besides building. Volunteers can bring their expertise or talents to one of the Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity committees, prepare lunch for people onsite, or simply provide donations to help Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity continue its work!

Does Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity accept donations of old or unused building materials? 
YES!! Although we cannot use old or random building materials on the build site, we have a ReStore and the sale of these products will provide the funds needed to continue building and grow our capacity!!

Our Leadership Team

 

AFFILIATE STAFF

MARCIE BERGAN Executive Director
DOUGLAS GREGORY Construction Manager
JESSICA HAMILTON Development Manager
JUNE DEMERS
Volunteer Coordinator
ABIGAIL ROONEY Bookkeeper

RESTORE STAFF

SOPHIE AIKMAN Manager
BILL IVERSON Floor Manager
TYE BAUGUESS
Donations Coordinator
JOE CONLON Associate
SCOTT URBANOVITCH Associate

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

JOYCE HOLLAND
President
PAM BISHOP
Vice President
PAUL BERGERON
Treasurer
HEIDI ARCHIBALD Secretary
CHRISTINE CASTALDO
Board Member
JAIME COUGHENOUR
Board Member
JANE CHASE
Board Member
SCOTT CHRISTENSEN
Board Member
CARRIE DiGEORGE
Board Member
ADAM WAGNER
Board Member/Immediate Past President
 CHRISTINE WELLINGTON Board Member

GENERAL INFORMATION

EXECUTIVEDIRECTOR@SENHHABITAT.ORG

 

WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO YOU!

We at the Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity ReStore would like to recognize the following businesses for their continued support. We could not do all the good in our communities without you!  Below you will find a list of just some of our current donors. Please click on the individual logos to visit their websites. Learn more about our donors and see a complete list of our supporters on the main Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity supporters page!

Get in touch with the ReStore team, today!

Located at:
29 Fox Run Road Newington, NH 03801
Phone (603) 750-3200
Email: manager@nhrestore.org

ReStore Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 – 5:00
Donation Center Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 – 4:30
(Both are closed on Sundays & Mondays)

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of US policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.