WINCHESTER — For the first time, the Winchester ReStore has pledged $25,000 for the construction of a local Habitat for Humanity home.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore, located at 400 Battaile Drive, is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells building materials, appliances, new and gently used furniture and home accessories below retail price. Many of these items are kept from the landfill.

Profits from the ReStore go back into Habitat for Humanity Winchester-Frederick-Clarke, including funding the 11 professional staff at the store and the main Habitat office on Baker Street. But this is the first time the store has helped directly with a build.

ReStore’s pledge will benefit a two-story home that’s being built at 507 Highland Ave. in Winchester’s North End for the Gayle family. The home’s construction should be completed by March 2018. Beulah Gayle, the future homeowner, has completed almost all of her 250 hours of sweat equity — the actual hands-on involvement of families in the construction of their own homes — by volunteering at the ReStore.

Cathleen Henderson, ReStore director, said the key to the ReStore’s success is the help of the community.

“We need them to shop, donate and volunteer,” she said.

The $25,000 pledge will come from November and December sales at the ReStore.

Matthew Peterson, executive director for the local Habitat for Humanity, said the nonprofit organization is a very good steward of community dollars, with 95 cents of every donated dollar going directly into building affordable housing.

“The building of a house is truly a community event,” Peterson said. “Every dollar that comes in here in some capacity is community money.”

The ReStore is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It can be reached at 540-662-9704.

Habitat for Humanity Winchester-Frederick-Clarke has completed 64 homes throughout the community. In addition to the Gayle family project, two other homes are currently under construction. Along with the new construction, Habitat has launched a repair program in Clarke County. To learn more about Habitat or to donate, call 540-662-7066 or visit www.habitatwfc.org.

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For the fifth year, Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick-Clarke and Winchester Social Services partnered with Washington Gas for its “Day of Weatherization” earlier this month.

Local Habitat officials identified six homeowners in its program who fit the low-income threshold set-forth in the Washington Area Fuel Fund guidelines or those who were elderly and in need of assistance. Through the program, these homes were weatherized to reduce heating and electrical bills.

— Contact Rebecca Layne at rlayne@winchesterstar.com

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