Habitat for Humanity makes way on construction yard

SAN BENITO — Habitat for Humanity is making progress on its new location.

Wayne Lowry, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of the RGV, dropped by the Chamber of Commerce for its Coffee With series to talk about his organization and their current projects.

One of the organization’s biggest projects is the creation of a new Re-Store and the Valley’s first Habitat construction yard.

According to Lowry the construction yard will help ease efforts in building homes in the Valley.

“Now the Zarsky’s lumber yard is a ground-breaking revolutionary habitat process because we are the only ones in Texas of our market size to have this construction yard,” Lowry said.

In July, Habitat for Humanity purchased for $355,000, two sets of land on First Street where Zarsky’s Lumber and Loaves and Fishes used to be.

One of the sections of the construction yard Lowery is most excited about is the painting area.

“We have a lot of young groups that want to volunteer but don’t allow anyone under 16 at the construction sites. So what do you do with a bunch of 9-year-olds that want to learn and want to give back?” Lowry said.

Across the street, the property where the old Loaves and Fishes once was, will house the new Re-Store.

The Re-Store works as a thrift store that helps administration costs and keeps cash contributions and donations focused on the projects rather than paying administration salaries.

“We have to have a successful retail operation,” Lowry said.

While the current Re-Store location on Oklahoma has doubled in revenue, the location has caused problems for Habitat for Humanity.

“The new location is highly visible with a lot more traffic so it can be expected to be highly profitable as well,” Lowry said.

Lowry said the organization is looking for more Re-Store volunteers during the transition between the old location and new.

“For the next two months the store is going to be closed, but you know what is going to be happening for the next two months, a lot of volunteers are going to be needed,” he said.

Lowry said the organization anticipates having its grand opening within the first week of January.

Ways to get involved

• Donate to the Re-Store

• Volunteer at the Re-Store

• Sign up for the Community Build

• Sponsor a home

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