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Breaking ground on Casa for a Cause

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You may know it as the Las Cruces Home Builders Association Anniversary House.

Its new name is Casa for a Cause.

But whatever you call it, this community construction project is one of the best fundraisers in Las Cruces. That’s saying a lot, because we have many great fundraising events in this relentlessly generous community.

If you’re not familiar, here’s how it works.

A local builder volunteers to build a home. This year it’s Adam Juarez of A New Beginning Custom Homes. The builder then works to find subcontractors and suppliers who will provide their services and materials at or below costs, to reduce expenses as much as possible. This year’s project will get a jump start to one of LCHBA’s founding members, Eddie Binns, who donated a portion of the land for the home.

When the house is completed, it goes on the market at or above the going prices. Because the expenses have been charitably reduced, the profit is much higher. The LCHBA then takes those profits and puts them back in the community to help charity groups and nonprofit organizations.

The previous four houses have raised funds ranging from $64,000 to $125,000, and supported dozens of nonprofit groups in the Mesilla Valley. By extension, thousands of people have benefited from that infusion of support.

The Las Cruces Bulletin is proud to be one of the co-sponsors for this year’s Casa for a Cause. Tuesday, April 13, ground was broken on the project, which could see a finished house by September.

Mayor Ken Miyagishima was at the groundbreaking, and talked about a passing of the torch. Miyagishima nodded to Binns and praised him for all the good works he’s done for the community the past 50-plus years. Then the mayor nodded to Juarez and several other young builders in attendance, and encouraged them to carry on those good works.

Even if you don’t know which end of a hammer to grip, or you don’t sell plumbing materials, you can still help with the project. If you want to volunteer, make a donation, or if you’re part of a nonprofit interested in applying for funds, contact LCHBA executive director Nicole Black at 575-993-9288 or stop by the offices at 2825 N. Main St.