It started with a small group of individuals 21 years ago who saw a need for lower-end, entry level housing for members of our workforce who don’t have the assets or ability to qualify for conventional lending or mortgages. This group of people had experienced Habitat in other communities and really thought that there was a place for it here in Jackson. Teton Habitat is an affiliate of the national organization Habitat for Humanity International.
Our mission is to build homes, communities, and hope here in the greater Teton area. The ReStore is one element of our mission—it’s basically a home goods and building materials thrift store, in which all the proceeds go into building houses for hardworking individuals and families in need of affordable and stable housing. So it’s not just a retail store; it has a special impact on affordable housing. We call it ‘the store that builds homes.’ Every single dollar spent at the ReStore helps build housing for our community.
So far we’ve built 31 homes, soon to be 33 at the end of the month. I came into this role about a year ago after working for Habitat in Tucson, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve always had a passion for Habitat and the way it impacts people’s lives so tangibly. It’s been really interesting to see how Habitat’s mission interacts with the community. Here in particular, it’s really helped me to see deeper within this community, beyond the beautiful surroundings and great amenities we have. I’ve been able to see the heart of the people, not only those who support and invest in our mission but also those that we work with who are so committed to building a life here.
This story is a part of #humansofjhchamber: As a part of her internship program with the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Tanya Grover is sharing her experiences working at the Chamber and interacting with Chamber members. Tanya’s Instagram campaign, #humansofjhchamber, places a focus on the faces of our local businesses and nonprofits. Learn about their inspirations, why they got started in their industry, and more! Find the Chamber on Instagram, @jhchamber. For information about the program, email Tanya at email@example.com.