Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County Closes ReStore

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Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County Closes ReStore
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Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County (Habitat Santa Barbara) will close the ReStore, the nonprofit’s retail arm, as part of a larger strategy to best position the organization to focus on affordable housing and minimize the retail operation’s financial losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a part of the store’s closure, Habitat Santa Barbara will host a clearance sale from August 6- August 16, which will take place from 9am - 4pm daily.

The staff, working alongside the Board of Directors and the finance committee, made the determination to close the ReStore so that Habitat’s housing-focused mission can continue in a sustainable way. “The closing of our ReStore, a difficult yet necessary decision, will position Habitat Santa Barbara to sharpen its focus on housing, while optimizing fundraising in other ways to support this critical work. This pivot will allow our 20-year history to continue so that we can keep building homes, communities, and hope.”

The ReStore opened in Goleta in 2012 and provided the community with a resource to donate and buy new and gently used items at a fraction of the retail price. All retail sales benefited the mission of Habitat Santa Barbara and served to partially fund its work in affordable housing. “While we know this decision impacts the community in many ways, we are grateful to have reactivated our home repair program safely and will continue to explore how to best address the permanent housing needs of our local community - especially in light of the interconnectedness between health and housing,” shares Wishan.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the community's need for safe and affordable homes has grown. With the increase in stay at home orders and more time spent at home, coupled with the financial strain felt across Santa Barbara communities, Habitat is receiving increased requests for home repair assistance. Habitat Santa Barbara’s staff and volunteers continue to work to meet the diverse needs of its neighborhoods.

The ReStore clearance sale will be conducted in compliance with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Face masks and gloves will be required for anyone entering the building. The ReStore is located at 6860 Cortona Drive, Suite A, Goleta, CA. Entrance to the store, as well as parking, is located at the rear of the building. For more details on the sale, please visitwww.sbhabitat.org or follow us on social media at @sbhabitat.

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4nature Jul 22, 2020 06:37 PM
Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County Closes ReStore

This a big loss for the community. As the need for sustainable practices grow, it is sad to see a step going backwards. Perhaps the city or county can open a store like this. But most of all, I will miss the wonderful people who worked or volunteered there.

Becky Jul 22, 2020 06:45 PM
Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County Closes ReStore

This is a huge loss, and makes me very sad. I’ve bought many used pieces over the years. They are often better made, and just need repair, minor reworking, & refinishing to be a much nicer piece than one can buy new. Frugal & environmental go hand in hand: reuse, repurpose, use up, make do.

a-1595524910 Jul 23, 2020 10:21 AM
Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County Closes ReStore

As detailed by others, this store was ridiculously overpriced and when I tried to do business with the "manager" by making offers on expensive products he was rude and hostile. I stopped going there as well despite my huge belief in the value of recycling and reuse. In fact, eventually I also stopped giving money to Habitat because of this bad operation. It was like they had a sense of entitlement.

SBTom Jul 23, 2020 10:30 AM
Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County Closes ReStore

I concur with other commenters here. So many of their items were priced at "you gotta be kidding me" dollars and would sit on the shelves for years. I've frequented many other ReStores, and the SB one seemed to have a completely different approach, as if they were a ReStore-ation Hardware or something. Premium products in a premium location? I think not.

They held so much overpriced inventory. Each day they had to wheel out cart after cart of stuff to the parking lot, and put it all away again at close.

I also think it was a big mistake to be closed on Sundays. Ventura County ReStores are open daily. And they are open during this COVID-19 period too.

tsunami67 Jul 24, 2020 07:46 AM
Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County Closes ReStore

Habitat’s mission is to provide affordable housing, so wouldn’t the same population be also served by providing affordable supplies for home repairs and renovations? It seems to me that Habitat of SB needs to think a little harder about their mission statement and the needs of their clients. They can assist families finding adorable homes, and they can choose to further assist those families and others in the community by providing affordable supplies for home repair. Yes, there is some overpriced stuff, but there are also some gems and great deals. Other SoCal Habitats continue with their ReStore programs, so what is really going on? Why do ReStore stores work in other counties but failed here? Did they lose the lease? Was the building sold?

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