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Lexington Habitat for Humanity gets support from Rick Dees for deconstruction project

(Photos from Lexington Habitat for Humanity)


Special to KyForward

While the more traditional method of supporting Lexington Habitat is building a home, Weekly Top 40 Count Down host Rick Dees helped support Habitat’s mission by removing items from a home.

On Jan. 18, Lexington Habitat’s deconstruction team removed cabinetry, windows, doors, hardwood flooring, and other items from a home owned by Julie and Rick Dees at 2367 Gentry Lane in Danville.

Lexington Habitat’s deconstruction program removes salvageable items from homes being remodeled or demolished. The salvaged items are then sold to the public at Lexington Habitat’s ReStore located at 451 Southland Dr. The ReStore specializes in selling new or gently used building supplies, household items, furniture and appliances. Some of the more commonly donated deconstruction items include kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, hardwood flooring, appliances, windows and doors. Deconstruction is the careful removal and salvage of reusable building materials from a structure, as opposed to the more traditional demolition process where the waste ends up in a landfill.

Like all Lexington Habitat programs, the deconstruction program engages volunteers. Students from the University of Maryland will be in town during the Dees Deconstruction project and are looking forward to assisting. Also joining the deconstruction team will be a Lexington Habitat partner family working towards the completion of their sweat equity hours.

Lexington Habitat ReStore Director Jim Kreiner has seen tremendous growth in individuals donating through the ReStore for deconstruction programs, he said.

This support has helped the ReStore achieve a record $1.2 million in sales in 2012. All proceeds from ReStore sales support Lexington Habitat’s mission to build simple, decent, affordable housing with low-income families in Lexington. Items donated to the ReStore are tax-deductible.

“Thanks to the support of Rick Dees and thousands of other donors in Central Kentucky, we’re able to keep 1.5 million pounds of recyclable, reusable building materials out of our local landfills every year,” said Kreiner.” We’re helping keep the Bluegrass green and transforming those donations into the funding necessary to create affordable housing for low-income families.”

“I love working with Habitat for Humanity,” said Rick Dees. “The volunteers and services Habitat for Humanity provides are second to none. Plus, we all have fun too!”

From Lexington Habitat for Humanity

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