Home ReSource was founded in 2003 by two University of Montana graduates – Lauren Varney & Matt Hisel –  who conceived of a retail operation that reduces construction and demolition waste while contributing to a local, green economy. What started as a volunteer-run building materials reuse center on Kent Street is today a community sustainability center that keeps 900+ tons of material out of the landfill each year, provides materials and services to over half of Missoula households, and has strong community partnerships, efficient operations, and a growing suite of Community Sustainability Programs. Through waste reduction efforts, education, and the channeling of materials and services to those in need, our mission is to build and inspire a more vibrant, just, and sustainable local economy.

As our green business has flourished (voted Missoula’s best green business four years in a row by the Indy (RIP)), our reputation as a sustainability leader has enabled us to develop partnerships and programs that support community-wide waste reduction efforts and focus on broader issues of sustainability. With the retail store as our foundation, we started developing programs designed to address all aspects of sustainability – environmental, social, and economic. Today, alongside day-to-day store operations, we have Job Training programs for youth and adults, a Zero Waste Ambassadors Programs for 5th graders, community reuse workshops, and Zero Waste programming for civic groups, businesses, and individuals in our community.  

Home ReSource in 2005 at it's original location on Kent Street
The original location on Kent Street in 2005.