New manager to guide Habitat Restore

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Linda Parker

The Habitat for Humanity Restore in Cassville is under new management. Linda Parker took over as store manager on June 1.

Parker has lived in the Cassville area for the last 14 years and has a background in retail management and has worked for non-profit organizations in the past.

"I worked for Walmart for over 18 years in management," Parker said.

Parker spent the last nine years working for the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging and the Cassville Senior Center.

"Working for a non-profit is a very rewarding experience because you have to take something and make dollars out of it to support the organization," Parker said.

Parker said that the Restore accepts a variety of items including; appliances, hardware, building materials, furniture, cookware and utensils, linens and dishes. The Restore does not take clothing or shoes, Parker explained, but is now taking in toys.

The Restore is open from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Parker said they prefer to take donations during business hours so they can process them easier. Additionally, if donations are brought in during business hours, the staff can give individuals a tax receipt for their donations.

Parker believes there is a misconception about the Restore being trashy and selling junk.

"I want everyone to know that it's a place everybody can come," Parker said. "They may be surprised what they will see in the store, from antique things to craft things."

New store signage for the front of the building and planting flowers are some ways Parker plans to improve the look of the building.

The sale of items donated to the local Restore raises money to build homes for needy familes in South Barry County. The Restore has applications for families who wish to apply for a home.

"I would like to invite everyone in Cassville to come in and say hi to us at the restore," Parker said.

The Habitat for Humanity Restore is located at 301 Main St. in Cassville. For more information call 846-0110.

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