Habitat for Humanity ReStore reopens after last summer’s tornado

Posted at 5:16 PM, May 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-11 17:16:24-04

WYOMING, Mich. -- The Habitat for Humanity's ReStore is back open in Wyoming after last Summer's tornado tore off part of the building's roof.

The organization said that it relies on the revenue from the store to help fund building projects around the area.

It's been about 10 months since the July storm that caused extensive damage in Wyoming and Kentwood.

After setting up shot in a temporary location, and almost $400,000 dollars in repairs. Store is finally back in business.

Store Director Tom Hyde said that what he saw when he showed up was devastating, but the organization had to move quick opening a temporary shop up the street in order to not lose funding for Habitat for Humanity projects in west Michigan.

"Kind of an emotional roller coast for us. You know this is our business, but it's also you know it's a mission. It's part of habitat's mission for the stores," said Hyde.

The renovated building includes a new amenities including a drive through donation drop-off.

With three locations in the area, Hyde said the ReStores helps provide more than a million dollars a year towards helping families find homes in our area.

"We don't give away houses to anybody. We give them zero interest mortgage. They have to put sweat equity in to get their houses. They have to do like 300 hours of sweat equity. Partly in the stores, partly at constitution sites," said Hyde.