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Emmy winner Steve Thomas joins central Florida Habitat for Humanity ReStores for World Habitat Day Design Challenge



ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2012) – In honor of World Habitat Day on Oct. 1, Steve Thomas, Emmy-winning television personality and former host of the home improvement shows This Old House and Renovation Nation, will join Orlando-area Habitat for Humanity affiliates and local interior designers to show Habitat ReStore resale outlet customers how to save time and money during the World Habitat Day Design Challenge.

Thomas and a team of central Florida designers will decorate a room with items and furnishings from Habitat ReStore resale outlets in less than 30 minutes to demonstrate how easy it can be to furnish a room using green building principles and cost-effective methods. Thomas will also be available to discuss tips and tools for remodeling or redecorating with Habitat ReStore customers.

“Habitat ReStore is a great place to start any home improvement project,” said Thomas. “The ReStore has everything from lighting and plumbing fixtures to cool old furniture with plenty of potential for repurposing. Plus, when you shop at ReStore, you’ll save money and help Habitat families in your own community realize the dream of home ownership. “

In addition to visiting area Habitat ReStores, Thomas will be attending a number of special events throughout the area, including a Habitat build event honoring veterans, a mortgage burning ceremony and the dedication of a newly finished Habitat home.

Over the last two decades, the four Habitat affiliates in Central Florida that Thomas will visit have served 448 families locally. They assisted Habitat’s global mission by providing financial assistance to help serve an additional 278 families around the world.

Over the course of his career, Thomas has been recognized as the “ultimate home enthusiast” and an “expert-on-demand” on the home renovation process. A speaker as well as a home renovator, Thomas advocates for greener building and renovation techniques.

Thomas first worked with Habitat for Humanity during a 1990 trip to Charlotte to cover the launching of a new Habitat affiliate. He subsequently showcased the 1993 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Winnipeg, Canada, and thereafter continued to integrate coverage of Habitat’s activities into his professional projects. He also traveled to Maai Mahiu, Kenya, to help put the finishing touches on Habitat for Humanity’s 500,000th home in 2011.

The United Nations established World Habitat Day in 1985 to spotlight the need for adequate shelter worldwide. On the first Monday in October each year, Habitat for Humanity affiliates and national organizations raise their collective voice and take action to change the systems, policies and attitudes that lead to poverty housing. This year, Habitat for Humanity and affiliated organizations from around the world will host hundreds of local events in honor of World Habitat Day to draw attention to the need for safe, decent, affordable shelter and the pivotal role of housing in community development.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit, or follow us at or at or join Habitat’s blog community at