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Name: Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Phone: (615) 849-5994
Address: 850 Mercury Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Report Creation Date: July 26, 2012
Report Expiration Date: July 26, 2015
Original Business Start Date: January 1989
Principal: Terri Shultz, Executive Director
Customer Contact: Terri Shultz, Executive Director - (615) 849-5994
Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: August 1989, TN
Type of Business: Charity - Human Services (i.e. assistance to individuals & families), Appliances - Major - Dealers, Blinds, Building Materials, Cabinet Hardware, Charity - Local, Doors, Floor Materials - Retail, Furniture - Retail, Furniture - Used, Hardware - Retail, Home Accessories, Lighting Fixtures - Retail, Office Furniture & Equipment, Office Furniture & Equipment - Used, Paint - Retail, Wallpapers & Wallcoverings - Retail, Windows
Community Membership: Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a BBB Community Member.

Additional DBA Names

Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity

Stated Purpose

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to work in partnership with God and people everywhere to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses, so that there are decent homes in decent communities in which every person can live and grow in safe, affordable houses.

Impact Statement:

Rutherford Habitat understands that change on such a grand scale takes time. We are proud of every milestone regardless of the size. We have had the opportunity to experience several successful achievements in recent years. In our first "All Women Build, we completed two houses which were sponsored and built totally by women. In 2006, we completed our Sevier Street Project where we purchased, demolished, and rebuilt seven homes at one time on the same block. Moving these families into new simple decent homes on one block makes a powerful statement about our commitment to the revitalization of the neighborhood. This project has sparked a renewed interest in the area from both outside and inside the community. Our solid relationship with the City of Murfreesboro, the Planning and Zoning Department, and the Murfreesboro Police Department enables us to continue our mission and to be a positive, safe haven in our evolving communities. We are blessed to have completed 107 homes in Rutherford County. The impact our homes have had is overwhelming for both the people receiving a new home and the people already living in the area. Recent statistics show that by removing dilapidated houses that are often the centers of drug activity and other criminal actions, the presence of a Habitat house in this community has increased the value of the surrounding properties by 65% and has shown a 40% reduction in crime. Habitat homes are a beacon of light that many are looking for and our continued efforts to remove unsafe, unfit homes are the proof that we are committed to the elimination of substandard housing and the betterment of everyone in this neighborhood.

Background Statement:

Rutherford County is one of the fastest growing counties in the country. The recent special census figures show that Murfreesboro is adding approximately 5000 new citizens each year. As the county grows, so does the population of the families who need our services. Currently, there are an astounding 16,715 people in Rutherford County living in poverty and 1,900 people waiting for Section 8 or public housing and that number increases each year. With most of the focus on new development, many very low-income families are forced to live in the older central city that has been allowed to gradually deteriorate. A once thriving downtown community filled with proud homeowners, now has approximately 63% of the homes transformed into rental properties, many of which are in sub-standard condition. Over the years, the neighborhood has become riddled with high crime rates. Now this area is where crime, drugs, prostitution, and gunfire are the norm. Many of the residents in this neighborhood have lived there for decades and remember a time when things were very different and they could sit on their porch and visit with neighbors without fear. Many of these residents are elderly and felt hopeless about their situation. In 1989, Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity took the lead in improving this neighborhood by purchasing and demolishing many dilapidated houses and building new Habitat homes. Working in conjunction with the Murfreesboro Police Department and other interested citizens, we began the daunting task of reshaping this neighborhood. We have successfully purchased, demolished, and rebuilt approximately 107 homes in the community. Rutherford County for Humanity is proud to lead the way in restoring and revitalizing the county one house, one family at a time.

Needs Statement:

The greatest challenge we face yearly is locating the funding to build our homes. We rely on the financial support of individuals, small businesses, churches, and corporations to sponsor the construction of our homes. We would appreciate any financial support or sponsorships, discounts of building materials, or land in Rutherford County to continue our mission to build homes and change lives by providing decent, affordable houses to those in need.

CEO Statement:

Our ultimate goal is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the Earth by building adequate and basic housing. All of our words and actions are for the ultimate purpose of putting shelter on the hearts and minds of people in such a powerful way that poverty housing and homelessness becomes socially, politically, and religiously unacceptable in our nation and world. Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity hopes to accomplish this goal by the urban revitalization of certain areas of Murfreesboro and the surrounding county. We understand the scope of our goal and are on a diligent mission to complete it one house and one family at a time.

Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. This organization meets all those Standards.

Community Membership

This organization is a community member of BBB, which means it supports BBB's services to the public.


Total Program Expenses:$1,292,843


Chief Executive Officer:Beth M. Smith
CEO Compensation:$52,000
Chair of the Board:David Yarbrough
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:Morgan Keegan & Co
Board Size:15
Paid Staff Size:11 Full Time. 6 Part Time.

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


According to Habitat for Humanity ReStore's for the year ended June 30, 2011:

 Total Income:$1,727,386
Expenses     % of total
% of total
  Programs: $1,292,843   85.12% 74.84%
  Fund Raising: $151,497   9.97% 8.77%
  Administrative: $74,466   4.90% 4.31%
  Other: $0   0.00% 0.00%
  Total Expenses: $1,518,806
Excess of Income over Expenses$208,580
Ending Net Assets:$3,244,846

* Excess for the year indicates the portion of income remaining after expenses.

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ID: 37071839
Report as of October 24, 2014 17:07
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