Habitat Milestone

Nov 7, 2018

volunteers refurbish a donated power chair.
Credit Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities

A one-of-a-kind store in the Quad Cities is celebrating a milestone. Six years after it opened, Habitat for Humanity's Health and Home store in Davenport has reached one million dollars in sales.

Spokeswoman Elesha Gayman says when the ReStore first opened, a lot of people were trying to donate used medical items such as wheelchairs and walkers, and a lot of people were trying to find them at affordable prices. So the Home and Health store opened in 2012.

"And as health insurance is constantly changing and people's coverage changes, we see the demand spike in different areas. We have a veteran whose VA benefits will cover either a wheelchair or a walker, but not both."

Gayman says the most in-demand items at the store are hospital beds, and power chairs. 

"My first week working for Habitat we had a family drive all the way from Omaha to pick up a power chair for a loved one who lived in the Omaha area. We get traffic, not just from the Quad Cities but really throughout the midwest come and shop our store."

The store is unique because selling used medical products requires very careful sanitation and restoration, and there are very serious concerns about liability and insurance. And no other Habitat chapter that she knows of is willing to take those risks.

Donations are always welcome and the Home and Health store is open Wednesday through Saturday