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New Home For Joplin Area Habitat For Humanity

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Since 2011 the Joplin Area Habitat For Humanity has helped put 72 families in permanent housing.

Now the non-profit itself, has found a permanent place to call home.

Since the tornado there has been such a demand for Habitat's services -- that there wasn't enough space for the administrative offices and construction warehouse at the store; the non profit had to purchase two other buildings.

"Its difficult to be in 3 different locations because we have to call each other to figure out what's going on we get a lot of calls here at our admin office for the restore, you know, when are you open, what kind of things do you have out there do you have any washers or dryers right now and then we have to email or place a call to find out so when we are all together its going to be so much easier, said the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity Development Director Barbie Huff.

Easier because Habitat just purchased a new place to call home.

The old Trade X Sales building on South Main.

"This opportunity that we have for growth will allow for even more creativity and more donations, said the Joplin Area Habitat For Humanity Director Scott Clayton. "Just a bigger presence for the restore because its already done wonderful things since its opened and this is just so much better for us because the location and visibility and the ability to have more material."

The 50,000 square foot warehouse will bring the three separate operations back together in one building saving money, resources, travel and time.

"we will be able to bring more product in and we can put more on the floors and we will have more space to store stuff everything will be in one spot instead of it being spread out in storage building and trailers and moving stuff from one end to another, everything is going to be together in one spot," said Joplin Restore Assistant Manager Terry Booth.

Profits from Restore help build Habitat homes -- and officials hope this move will help them build up to seven houses a year.

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