Habitat for Humanity is moving its offices and Restore to the former site of Naumes Oregon Motorsports Medford. Mail Tribune Photo / Jamie Lusch - Jamie Lusch

Habitat for Humanity plans move

Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity signed off on its 40th new home for a local family this past week. Now it's moving on to another home project — moving into a new home of its own.

The organization that helps low-income applicants build their own homes will be moving its ReStore and business offices in the coming month to the former Naumes Equipment and Naumes' Oregon Motorsports location at 2233 S. Pacific Highway.

Executive Director Denise James, who has been with the organization for 10 years, six years as its local leader, said it will have comparable space for its new and used surplus building supplies, furnishings and materials, along with more external storage and parking.

"The building is shaped differently, so we can organize our donations better," James said. "People have had a hard time finding us, so it's a better location for us, too."

Habitat for Humanity's four office and four store employees have been at 160 N. Fir St., near the railroad tracks in downtown Medford since 2003.

"Our Restore fundraising has grown to where it nearly pays for the administration of the organization," James said. "We would like it to pay for all our administrative costs so a donor's entire dollar amount goes to wood and nails."

Construction on the latest Habitat for Humanity house began in March. It is the first of six houses to planned to go up along Gravenstein and Rome Beauty streets near Orchard Home Drive. A second is being built, and James expects all six to be completed and turned over to applicants by the end of 2012. The land was purchased with money from a Housing and Urban Development Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant.

"It's one of the rare times we've accepted money from the government," James said.

— Greg Stiles

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