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July 13, 2020

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ReStore Community Center will change its name

Community invited to submit new name suggestions

The ReStore Community Center, 210 N. Main St., has served Ada and the surrounding communities for almost 13 years. 

While the center’s board, staff, and volunteers remain as committed as ever to continue serving the area, they will soon be doing so under a new name, and are asking the community’s help in choosing it.

“The ReStore name has served us well,” Robert Kanzig, Executive Director for the ReStore Community Center, said.  “It, for better or worse, has also served Habitat for Humanity well for longer.”

Confusion has always existed between the ReStore and Habitat.  Many in the area do not understand that the center is not affiliated with the nationwide organization.

“The only thing worse than being associated with another charity, is being associated with another charity that does not in any way share your mission,” Kanzig said.

Where Habitat for Humanity focuses on building houses for lower income individuals, the ReStore has always been about providing a sense of community and spiritual growth to any in the area.  They will remain committed to that mission, as well as continuing with all the programming they are currently running.

The center and all the volunteers and staff have served the community well for a number of years, and Kanzig said the center deserves to have its own identity. 

The ReStore board wants everyone involved in the center to be part of this process, hence the reason the new name will be decided by a contest. 

Suggestions are being taken now, through the middle of May.  Entries can be dropped off at the center, sent via our Facebook site, or called in at 419-558-1015.  A rededication ceremony will be held later this summer/early in the fall and the center’s new name will be announced then.