Habitat for Humanity of Casper has a new program in mind that would offer funds to qualifying homeowners for small project repairs or upgrades.

Amy Butler is executive director and she brought a request to county commissioners this week.

"We're looking at asking them to be the flow through agency for a grant that WCDA has available for community revitalization. We're looking at those funds for doing "Brushes of Kindness" which is a program that Habitat International has endorsed and we'd like to get started here in Casper."

Butler says the funds could be used, for example, if someone who is disabled wants to build an access ramp. She says the projects would be small but important for the recipient. "We can go in and do weatherization. We can do remodels. And then there is our full-blown house building. Of course we're already doing one of them a year. This is something to supplement our house building,  something in-between to keep our volunteers busy."

Butler reminds that Habitat for Humanity has moved into a new facility across from the roller rink in Mills at  302 Van Horn Drive and they're opening a ReStore at the site  that will sell recycled home construction items.

"We also take in home donations from construction items and remodeling activities, such as doorknobs, cabinetry, light fixtures, even left-over lumber. So we take these items in and then we turn around and we sell these items and that makes our money for our programs."

Butler says before you buy new, come and take a look, after they reopen on October 19th.  By then, she says, they'll  be  unpacked,  organized, and better able to help customers.