Habitat for Humanity earns business award, welcomes new manager

Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County was honored as November’s business of the month by the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce.

The nonprofit organization helps build and repair affordable housing for low-income families in Whatcom County.

Its 16,000-square-foot store sells donated new and used furniture, appliances, housewares and building supplies at 50 percent or less of their regular retail prices. Proceeds from the store support Habitat’s mission.

“It’s really an honor to be recognized by other businesses in our community for work that we’re doing,” said John Moon, Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County’s executive director, in a press release.

The Habitat Store also hired a new general manager in October.

Susan Blatz, who came to the job from Premier Graphics/School Specialty, has spent more than 30 years in sales and retail store management.

As a resident of Whatcom County for the past 16 years, she has volunteered in the community in a variety of roles, including serving with parent teacher associations at Silver Beach Elementary, Whatcom Middle School and Squalicum High School.

Blatz lives in Bellingham with her husband of 31 years. The couple has two daughters.

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