Groups partner to help veterans

A new partnership between Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Operation Stand Down Tennessee is helping veterans furnish their homes.  Read the original article here.

ReStore Manager Kathryn Norbeck-Dayley talks with Willie Celestine, Operation Stand Down Tennessee outreach specialist, at the ReStore. OSDTN and the ReStore have formed a partnership to find veterans the household goods, appliances or furniture they need. (Photo: THE LEAF-CHRONICLE/ROBERT SMITH)

ReStore Manager Kathryn Norbeck-Dayley talks with Willie Celestine, Operation Stand Down Tennessee outreach specialist, at the ReStore. OSDTN and the ReStore have formed a partnership to find veterans the household goods, appliances or furniture they need. (Photo: THE LEAF-CHRONICLE/ROBERT SMITH)

Operation Stand Down Tennessee recently opened on Madison Street in downtown Clarksville next door to the ReStore. It is the only veteran service center in Tennessee recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and serving honorably discharged veterans is its sole focus. Operation Stand Down assists veterans and their families so that they can be self-sustaining and better connected to the community. A big part of that mission is assisting them with housing. This is where the ReStore comes into the picture.

The ReStore sells donated items at a discounted price to the public to raise money to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building affordable housing for low-income families in Clarksville-Montgomery County. Now, ReStore will be working with Operatioin Stand Down to help identify items that would help the veterans furnish their homes.

Once appropriate housing is secured for the veteran, the next step is a visit to the ReStore. The veteran will be able to pick out several pieces of furniture, appliances and household goods from the ReStore that Operatioin Stand Down will purchase.

“I’m very excited we have this partnership agreement in place,” ReStore manager Kathryn Norbeck-Dayley said. “Typically, we are not able to hold things for people because of storage concerns, but with OSDTN we know that we can hold items for a reasonable period of time because OSDTN is ensuring they have a real home.”

ReStore has a three-part mission: Raising money for Habitat for Humanity; being good stewards of community resources and helping to keep items out of the landfill; and community outreach.

“This partnership with OSDTN helps us further achieve the third part of our mission. We’re so appreciative of our veterans and their many sacrifices. What OSDTN does is such a worthy endeavor, we’re very happy to be a part of it,” Norbeck-Dayley said.

Habitat ReStore will have a tent sale on May 16. Details and current inventory are available on the ReStore’s Facebook page – facebook.com/clarksvillerestore – and its website, www.clarksvillerestore.org.

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County Tennessee