CLEVELAND - Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity is ready to show the public how it transforming an entire Cleveland neighborhood, holding an open house on Sat. Aug. 31.
Habitat has been in the process of restoring seven vacant and abandoned homes on Colfax Road for the past six months in an effort to turn them over to needy families and improve the neighborhood. The open house at 7309 Colfax Rd. is part of Habitat's 25th Anniversary Initiative.
"We thought why not invite the community to take a tour of the street and come look at our house, look what it looks like when it's finally furnished," said Habitat Executive Director John Habat. "We also wanted to do something different, show you how anyone can fully furnish a house for $1,000."
"We will welcome community visitors to three houses," Habat said. "The houses will demonstrate what they look like before we start work, during rehab and after our work is completed. And we are going to do something we have not done before by showing a finished house, fully furnished with resale items from Habitat's ReStore and NCJW's Thriftique."
ReStore and Thriftique sell household furnishings. Thriftique also sells linens, tableware, clothes and shoes. Habat challenged both stores to collaborate to fully furnish the open house, including linens, tableware and wall art, for less than $1,000.
Habat hopes visitors will see that the results are impressive, but not out of the ordinary, for what good shoppers can buy on a limited budget at both stores.
"NCJW/Cleveland is excited to collaborate on this project," said Faye Bass, NCJW's president. "NCJW volunteers are active in city neighborhoods and schools as well as in programs to reduce violence among city youth. Working with Habitat is a natural extension of our mission to improve the quality of life for women, children and families."
NewsChannel5's Building Better Neighborhoods has sent volunteers to the Habitat neighborhood renovation project and has profiled its progress since March.
The Habitat open house at 7309 Colfax Rd. takes place Saturday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.