On Wednesday, dozens gathered off of U.S. Highway 98 in Santa Rosa Beach for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Habitat of Humanity of Walton County ReStore.

SANTA ROSA BEACH — For Teresa Mdieke, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, building a new ReStore means everything for the organization.


On Wednesday, dozens of people gathered at 2260 U.S Highway 98 West for a groundbreaking ceremony on what will soon be a 18,500-square-foot Habitat for Humanity ReStore.


"Not only is it our largest (source of funding), but we’re going to be able to triple the number of families that we’re currently serving (with the new facility)," Mdieke said.


Construction will cost roughly $3.2 million and is being funded by a mortgage, she added. The land where the new facility will sit was purchased using a $123,000 grant from IMPACT 100. It was awarded to Habitat for Humanity of Walton County in 2018.


"The more money that we can raise toward this project, the more money we can put back into building homes," Mdieke said.


For Cindy McCue, president of Impact 100 for Northwest Florida, the day was a chance to see her group’s efforts come to fruition.


"Now, we have the opportunity to come back and see that seed grow," McCue said.


Along with running IMPACT, she has also been a Habitat volunteer for about a decade.


"It‘s doubly exciting for me to see it all come together," McCue added.


Looking ahead, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County hopes to open its new facility in about a year.


In the meantime, the group will continue to operate out of its current ReStore, located near the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and County Road 393.


Following the ceremony, the organization hosted an after party at Grayton Brew Pub, where guests were invited to donate and learn more about Habitat for Humanity‘s mission.