Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Thrift Store
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Ten Years of Giving Back to Habitat for Humanity
Bob and Pat Bean brought a lifetime of volunteerism with them when they moved to Jupiter Farms nearly ten years ago. While raising their two daughters in South Florida, Pat, a school teacher, always volunteered with the Girl Scouts and taught Sunday school and Bob, an engineer, volunteered with the Kiwanis and Meals on Wheels. When they moved here and joined Jupiter First Church they saw an ad in the bulletin asking for volunteers to help out at the Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store on Old Dixie Highway. They went to check it out and are still there ten years later.
Every Friday morning you’ll see Bob sorting through anything with an electrical cord or moving parts and Pat sorting through the piles of children’s clothing donated to the store each week. It’s their job to determine if the donations are worthy of being put up for sale and assigning a price to them. Bob says with a limited number of volunteers, they don’t have time to perform a lot of repairs, so if an item doesn’t work for the owner, it doesn’t work for Habitat for Humanity either. One of the most interesting donations they’ve seen is the day a woman came to the door with half a dozen brand new men’s suits worth $1000 each and a dozen new dress shirts. She explained that she had just gotten married and didn’t have room in her closet for them!
Bob and Pat love their work with Habitat for Humanity because it’s something different every single week. The people there are fun to be with and it provides a way for them to give back to the community and interact with people. They say the store manager, Cindy Capitanelli, is a delight and very efficient. The customers just love her. The rest of their spare time is spent enjoying their children and grandchildren, gardening, playing bridge, and traveling more than they ever believed they would. They also volunteer at Jupiter First Church and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.
If you have some spare time, enjoy interacting with the public or like working behind the scenes, Habitat for Humanity can use your help. Contact Cindy at the Thrift Store at 1635 North Old Dixie Highway, Jupiter, FL 33469 or by phone at 561 743 3660. Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.