HOW TO HELP

To find out how to make a donation or to volunteer to help with the ReStore or home builds, call Tres Rios Habitat for Humanity at 505-326-5379.

FARMINGTON — After years of planning, Tres Rios Habitat for Humanity is finally on the verge of opening a ReStore in Farmington, and the organization is asking for donations and volunteers from the community.

ReStores are donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. All proceeds from the ReStores go back to the local Habitat affiliate to help build homes for those who would not otherwise be able to be homeowners.

"We are waiting to finalize the contract on the building, which we hope to do by the end of the month," said Jennifer Thiessen, executive director of the Tres Rios Habitat for Humanity. "We hope to have the store ready to open by August or September."

The ReStore will be located in downtown Farmington at 420 W. Elm Street. Thiessen said the nonprofit is actively soliciting donations to resell in the store.

"We need any materials that have to do with home construction, such as countertops, tools, paint supplies, etc.," she said. "Many times, people are remodeling their homes and don't know what to do with the cabinets and appliances that have been replaced. They can donate these, and we'd also love to partner with any of the home improvement stores if they have overstock materials they want to donate. We really appreciate Alco, in Bloomfield, who recently made a very large donation of materials."

Also needed are donations of shelves to hold and display the merchandise within the store. Thiessen said this would be a good donation opportunity for a store that has closed and has shelving they're no longer needing. If needed, Habitat can help pick up and transport materials to the store.

In addition to material donations, Thiessen said success of the ReStore will depend on the organization's ability to recruit volunteers to help run it.

"We would love to get volunteers who have retail experience who would be willing to dedicate a few hours a week to work at the store so we can make sure it will be open as many hours as possible," she said.

In addition to retail help, volunteers will be needed to get the building ready to open by cleaning it, putting up shelving and moving in merchandise.

Board member Frank Hayes, who has been involved in ReStore planning from the beginning, is glad to see the project finally come close to fruition.

"Basically, we've been wanting to open a ReStore for over seven years, and now we've finally found a building that will allow us to do that," said Hayes. "The next step will be getting the staffing and getting the community involved. A ReStore is a win-win situation because people can get tax credits for their donations, and others can purchase affordable building materials."

Tres Rios Habitat is also in the final stages of finishing its latest home build, located on Crouch Mesa. Volunteers are needed to put on the finishing touches, such as installing light fixtures and painting walls. Thiessen hopes the family of six, who was living in a two-room trailer, will be able to move into the house within the next few weeks.

The local Habitat affiliate is not yet taking applications for future owners of their next home. Building of the house will likely begin next spring, and applications will be available at the organization's annual meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Farmington Civic Center.

Leigh Black Irvin covers health for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4610 and lirvin@daily-times.com Follow her @irvindailytimes on Twitter.