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Help us ReStart the ReStore in Statesville!

Through the month of October, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is inviting the community to “Restart the ReStore” for its newest Statesville location with weekly “Stuff the Truck” events.

Each Sunday from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., donors will have the opportunity to bring new and gently-used household items to one of the following Statesville drop-off events and receive a special thank you gift and tax receipt:

• October 1, First Presbyterian Church located at 125 N. Meeting Street.
• October 8, Covenant ARP Church located at 120 N Greenbriar Road.
• October 15, Broad Street United Methodist located at 315 W Broad Street.
• October 22, Fairview Baptist Church located at 349 Turnersburg Highway.
• October 29, Grace Baptist Church located at 719 Club Drive.

The ReStore accept a wide variety of new and gently-used household items. Please review our list of acceptable donations. Free pickup is available for larger items. Pick-ups may be scheduled using our online form or calling (704) 896-8957, ext. 204.

In addition to donated items, the Statesville ReStore, located at 1893 E. Broad Street, is looking for volunteers. Volunteers are needed to set up the new store and once the store is open, assist with donation drop-offs, sorting and pricing merchandise, stocking and staging merchandise, sorting and shelving books and assisting administration. For more information on volunteering call (704) 996-4477.

Habitat ReStores support affordable housing by reselling donated new and gently used items to the public, with all proceeds benefitting Our Towns Habitat’s homeownership and critical repair programs.

Opening in Winter 2017, the new Statesville ReStore, located in the Bi-Lo shopping center, will also house a conference room and office space, allowing Our Towns Habitat to have a fixed physical presence in Statesville. While its administrative offices are located in Cornelius, the affiliate serves all of North Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties.

Max and Jessica’s Home Will Be Full of Love

There is no doubt that Max and Jessica’s Habitat house will be full of love and laughter. We were blessed to have partnered with this couple to build a new home for their SIX children.

Max and Jessica both come from large families, and love parenting their own large crew—Nathaniel, 16, Maximiano, 13, Yahaira, 11, twins Gabriel and Gabriela, 9, and Jeremiah, 7. They work hard to care for their beautiful family—Max as a mechanic and Jessica as a certified nursing assistant.

We all know the challenges of finding affordable housing for working class families. For large families like Max and Jessica’s, the challenge is even greater—rent is higher and landlords can be discriminatory. The largest home they’ve even been able to afford had three bedrooms, which left all four boys sharing one room. Often, they’ve been turned away by landlords simply because of their family size, told their children would “destroy” the home.

In addition to high rent, the family has dealt with landlords who refused to make repairs—including a broken water line that led to a $1,500 water bill and the development of black mold.

Max and Jessica are both originally from Chicago, growing up in the neighborhood of Little Village, which they loved. But as much as they loved the neighborhood they called home, they couldn’t find work to support their family. Eventually, they moved to North Carolina so Max could take a job in Huntersville as a mechanic.

Max and Jessica love being here and feel much safer than they did in Chicago. But even with better jobs here, decent, affordable housing was still out of reach—until a co-worker talked to Jessica about Habitat. Jessica tells us when they received the call from Our Towns Habitat letting them know they had been accepted into our program, “it was like a weight was lifted from our shoulders….we had hope.”

But even after getting accepted, the family had a long road ahead. Because they couldn’t find an affordable place with a short-term lease while they built their home—alongside our partners at Davidson United Methodist Church—the family has been separated. Jessica and the children are staying with one friend, while Max stays with another. With their work schedules, many nights the only way Max gets to see the kids is through video chat on their phones.

On top of that, Max and Jessica have worked hard to earn their 400 sweat equity hours—which is not an easy feat for parents juggling full-time jobs and caring for six children.

But in their new Habitat home, Max and Jessica begin a new leg of their journey. They have worked hard, with the help of many volunteers and donors, to build a more stable future for their beautiful family. They now know that the search for an affordable place to live will no longer be a constant worry, and they can focus on what’s truly important—raising their children to be happy, strong and healthy. Thank you all for helping Max and Jessica build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable housing.

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