Inn donates furniture to Habitat for Humanity

Largest donation yet for Langlade County agency
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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Helping load furniture donated by the Best Western Wittenberg Inn to Habitat for Humanity of Langlade County are, from left, Angi Schreiber, Rodney Ullman, who provided his semi for the move, Tom Duke, Daniel Whipple, Roger Fuller, Pastor Kellen Lewis, Sally Jo Stevens and Warren Wagner.

What do you do with the leftover furniture when you’re renovating a hotel?

Sally Jo Stevens, general manager of the Best Western Wittenberg Inn, started out selling items by word of mouth and on Facebook. She quickly realized she would need an easier option.

Stevens, who also serves as vice president of the Wittenberg Area Chamber of Commerce, discussed the situation with chamber President Travis Rose, who suggested donating to Habitat for Humanity in Antigo.

“Travis got me in touch with Angi (Schreiber), and they were delighted for the donation,” Stevens said. “When they came, they went into a little shock on the amount, I think. Good thing it was a big semi.”

“This is the first donation where we filled an entire semi,” said Schreiber, executive director for the Habitat for Humanity of Langlade County.

A total of 165 pieces of furniture — tables, desks, dressers, end tables, night stands, luggage tables, fridge cabinets, queen headboards, king headboards and one side stand — were picked up Sept. 20.

In the past two years, the Best Western has made more than $300,000 in improvements. Replacing the furnishings was the last part of the improvement plan.

“The hotel, as you know, has become very community supportive over the past few years, and making this large donation is just another way of showing our support,” Stevens said.

Habitat for Humanity operates Renovation Station in Antigo to provide low-cost remodeling and household supplies to the public. All proceeds from the store go toward helping local families in need.

Businesses often donate furniture or inventory as they expand, renovate or move. Langlade Memorial Hospital, for example, donated furniture and office supplies in July.

Business donations are tax-deductible, as are individuals’ donations. Popular items include appliances such as washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, used power tools and furniture.

“We also are in need of volunteers to help man the store, help with builds and repair projects and recycling items,” Schreiber said.

The Habitat group in Antigo builds one home at a time; the current project is nearing completion. Schreiber said she did not know how many homes the group has built since it was founded in 2001. The group’s website indicated the group had built eight homes from 2001 to approximately 2015.

Recipients of Habitat homes must meet income and employment requirements, and usually provide “sweat equity” helping build their new homes. Homes are sold to qualified families at a low or zero percent interest rate to keep the mortgage payments affordable.

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Renovation Station

WHERE: 924 Century Ave., Antigo

WHEN: Open 5-8 p.m. Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

FYI: For information, call 715-627-7307 or email hth-wi-lang.huterra.com.