Habitat seeks storage space

The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity is having to turn down donations from the community

The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity is having to turn down donations from the community because of a lack of storage.

Donated items not earmarked for use in local builds are shipped to one of two Habitat for Humanity Restores in Kelowna for sale there.

“Proceeds from the sale of those items are then returned to the Vernon chapter where they have been put towards the purchase of property and subsequently, materials and labour costs associated with building new affordable housing in Vernon,” said spokesperson Brian DeBoice.

Volunteers continue to shuffle items using their cargo trailer from the donated spaces at Vernon Moving and Storage, the old Kal Tire office and volunteers’ garages until such a time that they can be accepted in Kelowna.

“Ideally, we would like to have a space where we could arrange and display items and hold monthly garage sales, offering those savings found at the Restores to the people from Vernon and surrounding communities,” said DeBoice.

“Ideally, that space would be donated for our use.”

The organization could comfortably fill 1,200-square-feet so it’s looking for at least that amount of space for operations.

On the building front, preparations for demolition of the existing structure at 2404 35th St. are under way and Habitat will soon be in need of an excavator to tear down the structure and load out the waste.

“Once completed, final site preparation can happen, readying the lot for construction of the new homes,” said DeBoice.

Anyone interested in quoting on or volunteering to do the demolition phase can contact DeBoice at 250-308-7600.