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Jackson County's Habitat For Humanity's New Thrift Store Opens

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The organization that helps renovate or build homes for families in need, now has a new home of their own.

The cut of the ribbon at Friday's grand opening of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore symbolizes an exciting big step for the organization.

It's the first time. since the local chapter opened in 1988, that they not only have one big thrift store, but one place to call home.

"We took four locations and we've moved them into one location, under one roof," said Leslie Fuqua, the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity. "We're hoping to increase their profits so we can go from building two houses a year to three to five houses a year."

"I just think it's great, we've all been waiting for this day," said Leloa Vlieg, a shopper who used to frequent the other two stores.

The idea of moving into one big building is two years in the making and will help them save money and ultimately give more back to the cause.  

"We have no government funding and we're totally dependent on the volunteers that do the work and the shoppers for donations so we can build the homes," said Janet Harns, the Co-founder of Jackson County's Habitat for Humanity.

Homes that help Jackson County families in need.

"I got a divorce, I needed a place to live," said Mary Phemore, who is recovering from a brain tumor which she says she received from a difficult marriage. When she divorced, her and her daughters needed a place to live.

Thanks to Habitat for Humanity..."I have a nice three bedroom home with washer and dryer and everything," said Phemore. "I like it, it's nice."

Lines stayed steady and shoppers seemed to be satisfied with the new store Friday.

"I like it that the furniture is in here,  that was always separate before," said Vlieg. "Now everything is together and it's a lot nicer."

The organization is currently building its 49th home. Phemore was the first to receive a brick home in 1998, a home she is truly grateful for.

"You know Habitat does really wonderful things to help people and I have been blessed."