ORLAND — Hancock County Habitat for Humanity will be relocating its administrative offices to the Orland Community Center by September.
The nonprofit’s board of directors announced earlier this year that it would close its Ellsworth ReStore location effective mid-August.
Executive Director Kelley Ellsworth said the decision will allow the organization to better focus on its core mission of providing affordable housing and related support services in the county. The group wanted an office space which would reflect its mission and fulfill its vision of growing in service to the community.
Habitat will occupy an approximately 850-square-foot space in the community center at 21 School House Road in Orland. Plans are underway to put up partition walls to subdivide the room into a reception/waiting area, conference room and offices.
With additional conference room space, a licensed commercial kitchen and other shared facilities in the handicapped-accessible building, being a part of the community center provides the potential for Habitat to expand its public service offerings to include financial education training, safety seminars, etc. for its partners and the community.
Habitat’s leadership also sees the opportunity to utilize the new office and community center rooms to enter into other collaborative partnerships with area nonprofits.
Current building tenants of the Orland Community Center include a café, registered dietitian, wheelchair and scooter repair shop, barber, beautician, tanning salon, massage therapist and a secondhand shop. The grounds feature a playground, ballfield and dog park. Spaces in the building are available for daily rentals and short and long-term lease.
“We’re really excited about becoming the newest tenant in such a vibrant, diverse community space and what this will mean for our affiliate’s future,” Ellsworth said.
Hancock County Habitat was founded in 1989. Through private donations and volunteer labor, Habitat builds homes in partnership with qualified individuals and families who assume an affordable mortgage on their home at completion.
To learn more, visit www.HancockCountyHabitat.org.