Dip in volunteers, revenue leads to fewer completed projects for Habitat for Humanity of Collin County

Habitat for Humanity of Collin County accepts donations of furniture, appliances, home decor items and more at its Plano ReStore. It then sells these items to fund its nonprofit work. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity of Collin County)
Habitat for Humanity of Collin County accepts donations of furniture, appliances, home decor items and more at its Plano ReStore. It then sells these items to fund its nonprofit work. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity of Collin County)

Habitat for Humanity of Collin County accepts donations of furniture, appliances, home decor items and more at its Plano ReStore. It then sells these items to fund its nonprofit work. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity of Collin County)

Habitat for Humanity’s Plano ReStore funds a significant chunk of the nonprofit’s work on behalf of Collin County families. The store accepts donations of furniture, appliances and home decor from nearby residents. Habitat for Humanity of Collin County then sells that used merchandise to fund more than a quarter of its activities to help low-income residents build new homes or repair existing ones.

But during the coronavirus pandemic, the ReStore store had to cut back on operating hours, said Celeste Cox, the nonprofit's Collin County CEO. Lower sales and donations meant fewer funds for Habitat’s work. Fears of the virus also meant fewer volunteers were comfortable pitching in on projects.

The loss of resources led to a substantial reduction in output. New home builds over fiscal year 2019-20, which ended June 30, were one third lower than was budgeted at the beginning, Cox said. Repair projects for the year were cut nearly in half from early projections.

Some members of the Plano community have continued to help out in a big way, said Doug Fair, the nonprofit’s philanthropy manager.

Plano churches have remained strong financial supporters of Habitat’s work, despite taking hits to their own budgets, Fair said. The organization has also been able to count on a number of volunteers from Plano, he said.


Despite the adverse economic conditions, the group continues to make progress on new home builds, opening two in May with more on the way.

Applications are open through the end of July for families interested in having a new home built. Repair applications are accepted year-round.

The ReStore is still accepting donations and will come pick up furniture and other items for donation, if requested.

“We’re one of the only places that’s picking up right now,” Cox said.

Habitat for Humanity Plano ReStore

2060 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Ste. 402, Plano

972-424-0791

www.planorestore.com
By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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