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Tres Rios Habitat for Humanity celebrated the beginning of its 10th house being built in San Juan County. About 30 people gathered on Crouch Mesa to work on framing for the house and to celebrate with Hailey Tafoya and her two children, who will be the recipients of the house. Members of Habitat’s Board of Directors were there to cheer as President, Dave Ripley, proclaimed this milestone. Construction on the house is being supervised by Greg Anderson, a local contractor. Greg supervised the construction of the last house which was built in about six months. He has a goal of completing this house in even less time.

Hailey Tafoya will purchase the house when it is completed. She will be sold the house at cost and with no interest. She qualified for the house by earning less than 60% of the median family income in San Juan County, living in substandard housing, and promising to contribute 200 hours of “sweat equity” in the building process.

The morning of March 25 was filled with hard work, cheers and rejoicing, and donuts contributed by Dunkin Donuts. Volunteers and contributors may join in building this house by calling 505-326-5379 or sending an email to habitatsanjuan@gmail.com.


This is Haily Tafoya and her children Lena and Oscar. Haily is a hairdresser at Downtown Salon and Spa on 107 S. Locke. Feel free to call her at 326-4774 and make an appointment to have your hair done. She is excited to get her new house under construction and to meet all of the great volunteers who will help build the house.


Greg describes himself this way: " I am 60 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 contractors 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." Greg was the Construction Supervisor on the last house and has a gift for working with volunteers. The Board is excited about getting the new house started soon and completed in a timely fashion with the help of those in the community.

To find out what work is happening on the new home, go to our Facebook page, Tres Rios Habitat.


The Board is now receiving applications for "A Brush with Kindness." This is a program for loaning money and providing volunteers to help a low income homeowner provide needed repairs for the home. Interested persons may stop in at The Habitat Store to pick up an application or call 505-326-5379 and leave a message.

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!

This is just a reminder that we are still able to give New Mexico state tax credits equal to half of the gift given if the gift is $300.00 or more. To receive the tax credits, we need to receive the gift, designated for the new house on Crouch Mesa, by Dec. 31, 2015. After depositing the check, we will send you a form to fill out and have notarized. Then we will send it to the state. They will send you a notice for the tax credits that can be included in your state tax filing. The tax credits can be used any time during the next 5 years. 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 at: habitatsanjuan@gmail.com


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.


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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