Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity received a $380,000 grant Oct. 13 from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to help construct a new ReStore location in Redmond to open for business in fall 2023.
According to a press release from Mellissa Kamanya, the director of grants management for Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity, the total project will cost about $2.2 million. The grant funded the last 20 percent of hard costs for the new 12,000-square-foot Redmond location, which will be built at 2285 S Hwy 97, near the current Motel 6 and Wilco Farm Store.
“The construction of our Redmond ReStore to a new, prime location will also generate necessary additional overhead to significantly and positively increase the amount of families we are able to serve in both Bend and Redmond,” Kamanya said.
ReStore, which focuses on using reclaimed materials to build and remodel affordable homes, currently has a location in Bend at 224 NE Thurston Avenue. The Redmond location would be its second in Central Oregon and offer volunteer opportunities, community service hours, work-source and transition programs and a reclamation team that will remove cabinets for free to resell in the store.
According to Kamanya, donations at the store keep 1,500 tons of trash out of the local landfill every year and are sold at a fraction of the retail cost to customers.
The new store, Kamanya said, will help Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity supply low and moderate-income individuals with affordable homeownership options.
“The ReStore will be a vital component to our Redmond community,” she said in a release.