The South Park Chamber of Commerce announced their July business of the month. The winner this month is the Chaffee County Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity International was originally founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller.
The Chaffee County affiliate became part of Habitat for Humanity in 2001 and they are currently building their 20th house in Nathrop, Colo., and are remodeling the area above their Buena Vista offices for summer housing for interns.
HFH’s concept of “partnership housing” has been around since the organization was founded by the Fullers. The concept helped those in need find affordable housing and became a way for a family to work with volunteers to build their own house.
The Chaffee County affiliate works closely with the “partner families” to build houses. In addition, HFH works with many volunteers, organizations and businesses to help build, rehab, repair and upgrade houses for the partner families.
The partner families are very involved in the entire process of building a home and also receive counseling and training to ensure the success of the program.
In addition to the building projects that HFH does for the community, they also run a ReStore resale shop that carries a wide variety of items for anyone. The shop which is located at 27951 County Road 319, Buena Vista.
The proceeds from all sales go back into the various programs that HFH has ongoing in the community. The shop is run mostly by volunteers and HFH is always looking for more volunteers to help.
ReStore carries a wide variety of household items including furniture and some sporting equipment. In addition the store also carries construction materials. All items are donated.
HFH is always accepting donations for the ReStore. You can drop off your donations during regular business hours Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. You can also call and schedule a time for pickup of the items.
HFH will even travel into Park County to pick up items for donations. They ask for you to call for a pickup time and understand that they need at least two stops in Park County to make the trip worth their while. A list of items that they accept can be found on their website.
The shop has many different sales; each week an item or a whole department is 50 percent off and on Fridays Veterans and seniors over 55 get 20 percent their entire purchase.
For more information about volunteering or pickups call Jenny at 719-966-6004 or checkout HFH’s website at www.chaffeehabitat.org.