Helping Habitat

Jennifer Bailey|Commercial-NewsJonathan Gibson, Habitat for Humanity of Danville's executive director, stands in the Habitat ReStore last week near one of the repurposed items to be auctioned off Friday. The dragonfly is made from fan blades.

Jennifer Bailey

DANVILLE – Habitat for Humanity of Danville’s ReStore goes hand in hand with repurposing different items to make them new or reusable again.

So it only made sense as a fundraiser for the organization to have a repurpose auction and show the potential and what a lot of talented local residents have done.

Jonathan Gibson, who has been manager of the ReStore since 2015 and also recently taken over the role of Habitat executive director after Paul Sermersheim left for another job, says it’s great to see the donated items for the event. There’s a lot of unique pieces, he said.

Some of the items at the auction will include a wooden frame, a wooden work or decorative table with storage and also a table with barn wood and repurposed table legs built by Habitat’s construction manager Josh Rainey. For the latter table, Rainey used one-of-a-kind repurposed barn wood from Fountain County, Ind., and the table legs came from the ReStore.

There also will be a bench made from pallet wood and a bed frame, a bench made from a wagon seat, Chicago Bulls refrigerator, vintage Coca Cola machine, dragon fly make from ceiling fan blades, bar cart made from a projection television and a lot more items.

Gibson said they have a leather sofa and arm chair that also will be sold at the auction. There also will be 50/50 raffle tickets for sale.

Donations have come from local businesses, organizations and individuals.

“We talked about trying to do an additional fundraiser of some sort,” Gibson said.

He said they feel the ReStore offers something special when it comes to re-using items.

Habitat officials hope this will be the first of annual repurpose auctions.

Habitat continues to raise money for and work on moving the ReStore from 121 N. Walnut St. to its new location at 422 N. Vermilion St., the former Win C. Smith building. The ReStore is Habitat's year-round fundraising arm for projects. It sells everything from household items to furniture and building materials.

Sermersheim previously said they will be focusing on the ReStore relocation and will not be taking any more homeowner applications at the present time. There is one more eligible family for a house.

Sermersheim also said they would entertain tenants at the new ReStore site. There is enough space for office space and other not-for-profits.

Gibson said they’ve extended their lease at the current ReStore location until the Vermilion Street site is ready for the move. The goal is to have it open by late summer or early fall.

After the ReStore move, Habitat will go back to working on housing. Habitat plans to purchase a home for rehabilitation for the one remaining partner family it has. Another application blitz then will take place to find more partner families needing housing.

Habitat for Humanity of Danville is a not-for-profit Christian ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing by building or renovating simple, decent homes for qualified families in the Danville area. A local board of directors oversees projects.

Partner families pay for their houses with an interest-free mortgage from Habitat. Payments from existing loans are used to build more houses.


Habitat for Humanity’s Repurpose Auction will be at 6 p.m. with a preview of items and the auction starting at 7 p.m. at Turtle Run Banquet Center, 322 E. Liberty Lane, Danville. Tickets are $10, with admission including appetizers and soft drinks. A cash bar will be available.

To donate a repurposed item or for information concerning the event, contact Jon Gibson at 217-497-5844 or Greg Lamb at 217-304-7259.