Help Build It Center Moves Downtown

Help Build It Center Moves Downtown

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Shaun Falken manages the Hub Area Habitat for Humanity’s Help Build It Center.

Hub Area Habitat for Humanity is ready for more applicants to their assistance programs, more shoppers in their retail store, and more home goods and building material donations. They hope the new location for their office and Help Build It Center, now open at 126 S. Main Street, will help make all of this happen. 

The nonprofit has three parts that work together for their vision of a world where everyone has an adequate place to live and affordable housing. The first is their home building projects. Families can apply to receive a home that they work alongside contractors and volunteers to build. They also administer A Brush with Kindness, where volunteers again partner with families, this time to complete critical home repairs. Tying everything together at Habitat for Humanity is their Help Build It Center, a home goods store and donation drop-off site that accepts just about anything from shingles to appliances. Items at the Help Build It Center are sold at a discounted price, with proceeds going back to support the organization’s home construction and A Brush with Kindness efforts. 

Manager Shaun Falken says a common misconception is that you have to meet certain income guidelines, or live in a Habitat for Humanity home, to shop at the Help Build It Center. In reality, it’s open to everyone. “It doesn’t matter what your financial situation is or whether you own or rent, it’s a regular retail store that everyone can shop at and donate to.” // — Jenny Roth

The Help Build It Center is open in the afternoons Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment. To see what items they currently have for sale, go to