Sulphur Rotarian Ken Moreno, left, and 1st Vice President Jason Poynter, right, welcome Colleen Simon with the Habitat for Humanity store ReStore as guest speaker at the club’s Wednesday meeting.

Habitat for Humanity, a non profit with agencies throughout the United States, seeks to bring people together to build homes for those in need. And it is able to do so in large part to revenues generated by their ReStore Store and Donation Centers.

Colleen Simon, with the ReStore in Lake Charles, told Sulphur Rotarians that they’ve recently expanded their hours and are open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

She and two employees pick up donations from all over the five parish area the organization serves. The items are priced (new items donated from retailers are discounted by 70 percent), and sold or donated. Simon said all revenue raised from selling donated items is used to pay “what little overhead we have” and to support local Habitat home builds. All the money is spent locally.

The store accepts new and slightly used appliances, furniture, bedding, cabinets, doors, and materials for home interior; electrical, lighting, exercise equipment, flooring, hardware, roofing, bathroom fixtures, tools, tubs, and windows. To donate items call 337-310-1770 or 337-540-7802.

Simon said volunteers are always needed from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday for organizing, pricing, loading and unloading donated items. She said anyone age 14 and older is welcome to sign up to volunteer online at

The store is located at 3960 Gerstner Memorial Blvd. across from Fairview Elementary, in Lake Charles.

Simon said the store does not sell clothes. She and her staff have been busy at the old Holiday Inn on Ruth Street, moving out the donated contents, like mattresses. Items that don’t sell or that someone needs as the result of financial or other disaster, are sent to local organizations like Care Help or the Open Door Biker Church.

Habitat has built several homes in Lake Charles and there are homes in Sulphur, Vinton, and Cameron.

Simon said there is a Women’s Build planned for May.

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