How Does All This Work?
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Central Oklahoma Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, attractive houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Our Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. Now, our Habitat homes are not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor – sweat equity – into building their Habitat house, other’s house and by working in COHFH’s ReStores.
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Central Oklahoma Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, attractive houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families. Our Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. Now, our Habitat homes are not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest 100 hours of their own labor – sweat equity – In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor – sweat equity – into building their Habitat house, other’s house and by working in COHFH’s ReStores.
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Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is governed by the 21 members of Central Oklahoma Habitat’s Board of Directors. They are highly motivated and committed to helping to provide affordable housing for limited-income families in central Oklahoma.
Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.
When it comes to volunteers, we need more than muscle at Central Oklahoma Habitat. Volunteers can help build homes, work in the office, help at the ReStores or serve on a committee – whatever time allows.
Volunteers like you can make the difference for Oklahoma families in need of decent, affordable homes.
For more information about volunteering with Central Oklahoma Habitat, email Rick Lorg.
Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry. We believe that every person should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build and repair houses in central Oklahoma using volunteer labor, donations, our mortgage base, and proceeds from sales at our ReStores. Through our Habitat Home program, our partner families purchase these houses at cost.
About Habitat International
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.
Central Oklahoma Habitat ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.
Our ReStore proceeds are used to build homes, repair homes, fund our outreach efforts and to generally help improve our local Oklahoma City community.
Here is a list of items that we do not accept as donations for the ReStores:
- Commercial Doors and Windows
- Fluorescent Tube Lighting (Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 1621 S. Portland Ave., OKC 73108, (405) 682-7038)
- Unframed Mirrors/Glass (Recycle America/Waste Management, 5519 NW 4th, OKC 73127, (405) 949-7563)
- Clothing/Shoes (Salvation Army, (405) 236-3677)
- Baby Cribs and Car Seats
- Tube and Projection Televisions, Computers and Computer Equipment (Staples Recycling & Eco Services (Contact your local store for availability) or Recycle America Waste Management, 1432 W. Main St., OKC 73106)
- Used Mattresses or Box Springs
- Dishwashers – manufactured before 2014 (contact local appliance retailers)
- Opened Paint (Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 1621 S. Portland Ave., OKC 73108, (405) 682-7038)
- Chemicals or Hazardous Waste (Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 1621 S. Portland Ave., OKC 73108, (405) 682-7038)
Need more information for where to take things we can’t accept? Visit this website.
Here is a list of items that we will accept as donations for the ReStores:
- Dishwasher (2014 or newer)
- Microwave (Please include mounting hardware for above the stove microwaves.)
- Vent Hood
- Trash Compactor
- Small Countertop Appliances
- Single Cabinet
- Cabinet Set
- Medicine Cabinet
- Residential Doors
- Interior Doors
- Exterior Doors
- Side Garage Door
- Garage Door Opener
- Security Doors
- Sliding Glass/Patio Doors with Frame (No aluminum)
- Storm/Screen Door
- Area Rug
- Carpet (New ONLY. Each roll should be a minimum of 100 square ft.)
- Hardwood (New ONLY)
- Laminate (New ONLY)
- Tile (New ONLY, 4 box minimum of same tile.) (We also take Wall Tile (under 12″x12″) 50 sq ft. minimum.)
- Bar Stools
- Bed Frame (Must be complete)
- Cedar Chest/Trunk
- Chaise Lounge
- China Hutch
- Coffee Table
- Desk (Must be solid wood, one piece, household desk (no larger than 4ft. long). We do NOT accept any office/executive or L-shaped desks.)
- Dining/Kitchen Table
- Entertainment Center (Solid wood only. NO particle board, laminate, or engineered wood.)
- File Cabinet
- Mirror (Must be framed.)
- Sectional Sofa
- Side/End Table
- TV Stand
- Cabinet Hardware
- Door Hardware
- Nails/Screws/Washers etc.
- Heating and Cooling
- Attic Fan
- Electric Space Heater
- Insulation Batts
- Blow In Insulation
- Rigid Insulation
- Ceiling Fan
- Miscellaneous Electrical
- Dimensional Lumber
- Bath/Kitchen Hardware (towel racks, faucets, etc)
- Bathroom Sink
- Garbage Disposal
- Kitchen Sink
- Pedestal Sink
- Toilet (Must be “low-flow” (1.6 gal/flush or less). Toilets must be clean with wax ring removed and completely assembled.)
- Utility Sink
- Shower Door
- Roll Roofing
- Shingles (Minimum of 1 bundle. Must be in original packaging.)
- Sheet Goods
- Drywall/Sheet Rock
- Electrical Tool
- Hand Tool
- Bench Tool
- Blinds (Wood and faux wood only.)
- Framed Window (Must be double pane.)
- Yard and Garden
- Pavers/Cinderblock (Mortar free and palletized.)
- Gardening Tools
- Lawn Mower
- Patio/Outdoor Furniture
- Pool Ladder
- Kiddie Pool
- Boxes/Bags of Household Items (No clothes, shoes or baby items.)
By donating your new, used and vintage building materials to the ReStore, you can:
- Eliminate the cost of storage.
- Be proud you are thinking green and recycling.
- Receive a tax receipt for your donation.
And making the donation drop-off has never been easier, you can either choose to deliver your donations to us or have them picked up by our ReStore Team — whichever option is most convenient for you.
Habitat affiliates around the country are diverting thousands of tons of building materials each year from landfills to their stores, to be recycled and reused.
By recycling and selling materials, we not only help the environment, but also generate funds to build more Habitat homes in our community. And this enables more Oklahoma families to move out of substandard housing.
Applicant approval criteria includes:
- The applicant’s level of need.
- Their willingness to partner with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.
- Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.
As part of their willingness to partner, Central Oklahoma Habitat’s homebuyers invest 100 hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.
Proceeds from sales of the items at ReStore help fund new Habitat houses and allow us to provide repairs and renovations through our Critical Home Repair program.
Families and individuals living in central Oklahoma who are in need of decent shelter may submit a Habitat home application.
The affiliate’s family selection committee and the Central Oklahoma Habitat’s Board of Directors choose homeowners based on their level of need, willingness to become partners in the program and ability to repay the loan.
Habitat homeowners are chosen without regard to race, religion or ethnicity, in keeping with U.S. fair housing laws, and with Habitat’s abiding belief that God’s love extends to everyone.
Yes! Our Central Oklahoma Habitat ReStores gladly accept the donation of building materials. You may choose to contact either of our locations directly to coordinate a drop-off, or you can schedule a pickup time and our ReStore Team will come to you — whichever option is most convenient for you.
Yes, yes and yes! All are welcome. Think of our ReStores as another stop on your home improvement shopping list. Each location has set retail hours and receives a continual supply or new or nearly new items ranging from home appliances, home decor and accent pieces, furniture, rugs and carpets, building supplies and more!
We’re regularly shopped by contractors, remodelers, handymen and handywomen, homeowners who are remodeling and generally curious shoppers.
We hope to see you soon!