“At Habitat for Humanity of Portage County, we are creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”
With 25 years of service and over 50 houses built, Habitat for Humanity in Portage County (HFHPC) is still going strong! Thanks to Dr. David Palmstrom, his wife Jane, and Rev. Don Preslan whose desire to serve those in Portage County who wanted to be homeowners, but needed a ‘hand up’ to get started, HFHPC was formed. In 1989 the first project, renovations on a home in Kent, was accomplished. Since then, it has continued to grow and expand its ministry, emerging as one of the leading charitable organizations in Portage County and was honored “Small Affiliate of the Year” by Habitat for Humanity of Ohio in 2009. In addition to the building of affordable homes for residents of the county, they have also helped complete the construction of the Miller House homeless shelter in Kent and several projects for the King Kennedy Center in Ravenna Township.
What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity of Portage County is an ecumenical Christian ministry serving throughout Portage County by working with qualified persons with housing needs to help them create a better community in which to live and work, cooperating with other charitable organizations through donations, grants and other resources to develop a better habitat for God’s people in need.
One thing I appreciate about Habitat for Humanity is that it does not just give ‘hand outs’. They carefully select those who will receive homes and require a minimal amount of labor to be performed by these soon-to-be homeowners and provide follow up to help them remain responsible and accountable. They are interested in bettering individuals, not just building homes and walking away.
As they say on their website, “What’s really exciting and unique about Habitat’s work is that we provide opportunities for many people and organizations to get involved. When we work together to help families become successful homeowners, we create successful communities.” And it’s a fact that the more homeowners a community has, the stronger and safer that community is. So it is in everyone’s best interest to support such a ministry – and there are plenty of ways to do so!
A big part of HFHPC is their ReStore in Kent. If you have not visited, then you are missing out on some amazing deals! The items they offer to the public are carefully selected, high quality, highly desirable, and highly affordable! This is not a typical thrift store or 2nd hand store. It’s full of things to refurbish, remodel, renew, and redefine your home. It is organized and neat and run by caring volunteers who believe in what they do. The proceeds are what help fund the building of the new homes they undertake. It is a win-win for everyone. It’s also good for the environment as well! In fact, the Portage Park District Foundation recognized the Kent ReStore with the 2011 Green Building Award for energy efficiency in building and providing an innovative re-use program for building materials and for their active volunteerism in the community.
What does ReStore collect?
Flooring & Carpet
Electronics (TV’s, Stereos: NO console TV’s accepted)
Cabinets & Countertops
Bath Vanities, Sinks & Tubs
Plumbing & Fixtures
Doors & Frames
Windows & Frames
Lumber, Trim & Plywood (decent size quantities only)
Tools & Hardware
Furnaces & Air Conditioners (working condition only)
Tile, Bricks, Grout & Mortar (at least 10 pieces or more)
Garden, Lawn & Patio Items
Take a minute today and check out this organization that has dedicated itself to making Portage County a better place to live and work and raise family. And consider getting involved. Whether donating time, money, or materials, there is some way you can be a part!
Open Tuesday – Saturday
10 am – 5 pm
1510 S. Water Street
Kent, OH 44240