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SEPTEMBER, 2015 NEWSLETTER
Greg Anderson, the new construction supervisor describes himself: “I am 59 years old, born and raised in Farmington, moved a few times but always came back. Now I am here because I have 8 Grandkids all here.
I got my contractor’s license when I was 21 years old so I have been at it for a while. Always have and still do love building houses from the ground up. I usually build spec houses, buy the lot, design the house for that lot, and start building, although I have built many custom houses also. Most of the homes that I have built in this area are in the foothills area, including many in Crestwood estates when that area was developing for the second time. I have also built a few houses down along the coast of Texas in the Corpus Christi area.
I am a big believer in home ownership, and love helping someone achieve that goal. I read everything I can about home building, energy efficient or green building, and building sciences in general.
I appreciate taking this opportunity to help out with Habitat, am looking forward to working with all the wonderful volunteers, and getting Cheryl and her family into a well built beautiful home of her own.”
HABITAT STORE IS MOVING TO MURRAY DR.
The Habitat Store is moving! The generosity of our donors and shoppers has allowed us to acquire a larger space at 1915 E Murray Dr. As a result our long term outlook improves and our ability to support future builds will increase. The store team enjoys serving the community while the vision for Tres Rios Habitat continues to strengthen. We look forward to a wonderful fall season. If anyone with strong arms is interested in helping move our current stock to its new home please call 592-7761.
GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW HOME
Cheryl, her girls and her mother, are surrounded by Habitat Board Members.
On Saturday, July 11, 2015 about 25 people gathered at 28 CR 3319 to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new home. Cheryl Dale was moved to tears as she talked about the possibility of a new home where there is actually heat and safety. The Tres Rios Habitat for Humanity Board was pleased to be taking this step to build a new home. It has been two years since the affiliate has been working on a new home. The Board has approved several smaller projects for A Brush with Kindness, but new homes for low-income families are the bread and butter for Habitat affiliates. It feels good and fulfilling to be starting another new home.
Pastor Steve Ballew from Emmanuel Baptist Church set the tone for the groundbreaking with the invocation for God’s blessing on this new venture. Rev. Steve Funston, a part of Cheryl’s family, ended the proceedings with a benediction. PNM added to the celebration by presenting a check for $500.00. The work of Tres Rios Habitat for Humanity is dependent upon the financial support of businesses and individuals in the area, as well as the volunteer labor which is used to build the house. The festivities ended with donuts provided by Dunkin Donuts and water given by Cascade Bottled Water Co.
Hank Adair, Engineering Manager at PNM, presents a check for $500.00 to Dave Ripley, President of Tres Rios Habitat, for the house.
A BIG THANK YOU TO NEW MEXICO TITLE LOAN CO.
We want to extend a hearty word of thanks to the New Mexico Title Loan Co. for its donation of $200.00 for building our new home. The people in the office, led by Lorie the manager, sold hot dogs and a drink for a $1.00 each for a month to raise the donation. We truly appreciate their efforts to help Tres Rios Habitat fulfill our mission.
WELCOME OUR NEW PARTNER FAMILY
Cheryl Dale sits on the left surrounded by her daughters, Danielle sitting on the right, Destiny holding Chesney standing on the left and Domonique standing on the right. The whole family is excited about being able to leave their two bedroom mobile home behind for a three bedroom house on our Crouch Mesa lots. Cheryl works at the Dino's Convenience Store on CR 390. Consequently, the new house on Crouch Mesa will be very close to work.
The Tres Rios Habitat Board feels we have a great family and are ready to get the construction phase going. Look for an announcement about a groundbreaking ceremony soon.
MEET YVONNE BECKMAN OUR NEWEST BOARD MEMBER
Yvonne is the Vice President of Finance for Animas Credit Union. She came to Farmington in February,
2014. She is a CPA and has her own client base that dates back to 1993. When Yvonne called the office to volunteer her services, she said she could be a Board member, work on our financial books, or assist with building. We immediately called her and said we needed her to do all of those things. In the two months she has been with our Board, Yvonne has been working to clear up old IRS omissions and will be setting up our financial records. We feel blessed to have Yvonne on our Board. She is a very positive and enthusiastic person. Her interests include snow skiing, fencing, history and art, horseback riding, rodeos, traveling to fabulous locations, water sports, country music, movies, concerts, and dancing. We hope all of you will have an opportunity to meet and enjoy Yvonne.
TRES RIOS HABITAT ENTERS INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH HOME DEPOT TO HELP VETERANS
Severe water damage on the roof and in the floors left two veterans wondering
how they would ever get the house fixed the way they wanted. Home Depot pledged
$18,000.00 in materials to help solve the problem. They then partnered with
Tres Rios Habitat to provide the supervision expertise and volunteers for
much of the labor. The picture above shows the flat roof portion of the house
which is being replaced with trusses. Michael Jackson and several volunteers
put up the trusses and roofing. Now the project continues with drywall, new
decking on the floor and finish work. Watch for special announcements in emails
for an opportunity to help in this project. The house is located at 205 Manana,
from Court St. go East on Shiprock. At the dead end turn left. 205 is the
blonde brick on the left.
TRES RIOS HABITAT SENDS HELP TO NEPAL
The Tres Rios Habitat Board approved sending $500.00 to Habitat International to be used in providing tents to Nepali residents left homeless by the recent earthquake. While our primary mission is providing homes for low income families in San Juan County, we are pleased to send help to those in special need in such a poor country that has been devastated by the earthquake.
State Tax Credits Still Available
Make a donation of $300 or more to Tres Rios Habitat and receive both
a credit on federal taxes for a donation and half that amount in New Mexico
State Tax Credits!
If you want to talk with someone about the tax credits, call 326-5379
and leave a message asking Frank Hayes, Treasurer, to give you a call.
Tres Rios Habitat is able to give state tax credits for donations of
$300.00 or more. We received these additional credits when we were applying
for tax credits to give to Animas Valley Land and Water Co. for selling
us five lots at a reduced cost. Our state office for Habitat for Humanity
describes the benefits of the tax credits. "New Mexico Department of Taxation
and Revenue is offering tax credits to individuals or businesses that donate
land, buildings, cash or services to eligible affordable housing projects,
such as Habitat for Humanity. The tax credit is equal to 50% of the value
of the donation, and can go towards any State income taxes, gross receipts
taxes and compensating taxes (excluding local option gross receipts tax
imposed by a municipality or county, or the government gross receipts tax).
The tax credits may be carried over for up to five years and may be transferred
one time to any individual or business. In addition to receiving a tax credit,
you may also write off your donation as a charitable contribution on your
federal taxes. " If you want to make a donation and take advantage of these
tax credits, send your check to Tres Rios Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 324,
Farmington, NM 87499 or call the office 326-5379 and ask someone to call
you back with more details. You may also contact us with questions via email
DESIGNATE TO TRES RIOS HABITAT THROUGH UNITED WAY AND
THE FEDERAL COMBINED CAMPAIGN
Tres Rios Habitat is not a partner agency with the San Juan County United
Way. However, contributors may designate their gifts to go to our organization.
When your company has its United Way Fund campaign, please encourage your
friends and associates to designate your gifts to Tres Rios Habitat. The
United Way will see that we receive all of the funds that are designated
to us. Federal workers may also designate funds to Tres Rios Habitat. Our
combined campaign number is: 72381.
We can provide a great deal of funding for the work of low income housing
in San Juan County when we share our personal enthusiasm with others and
ask them to designate their gifts to support our efforts.
DONATIONS BY INDIVIDUALS ENCOURAGED
While we acknowledge the large donations made by corporations, we want
to remember those other donations that are received from individuals. At
the current time, we receive monthly gifts from several persons. These gifts
mount up and allow the organization to pay for new houses or other bills
that keep a nonprofit organization functioning and on task. If you are willing
to make a one-time donation or to give on a regular basis, please make your
check or money order to Tres Rios Habitat for Humanity and send it to PO
Box 324, Farmington, NM 87499.
Habitat for Humanity is always grateful for help and involvement, including
cash donations, building materials and labor.
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