The Moffat County Habitat for Humanity chapter is two weeks away from completing the close-in of the first project home at 745 Yampa Ave., said Marilyn Bouldin, president of the organization.
"That's our goal, and that would be huge," Bouldin said of sealing off the home, which allows volunteers to continue working throughout the cold winter months.
Accomplishing that goal would also move Habitat for Humanity one step closer to another, more ambitious objective -- having the home completed by the holidays.
"I would love to have the thing finished in time for Christmas," she said. "That's probably unrealistic, but you have to have some kind of a goal."
This summer, Habitat for Humanity awarded the home to the Burkett family of Craig. Since then, volunteers have busied themselves working on the home.
Upon completion, the home will include 1,788 square feet -- four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, dining room, laundry room and full kitchen.
On Wednesday, the group received some additional help from an advanced carpentry class at Moffat County High School.
Accomplishments in recent weeks have included the removal of inside walls, framing the front of the home and beginning to fill in the front yard with soil.
Trusses, or support beams for the roof, should be up in a week or two, Bouldin said.
But, while the group's focus is set squarely on the home's renovation, Bouldin said Thursday that her organization must now turn its attention to another aspect of rebuilding -- fundraising.
Bouldin said she will begin a "rigorous" fundraising campaign next week. She said the group needs $20,000.
"I'm just going to start contacting people specifically for donations," she said.
Asbestos removal, at a cost of about $17,000, cut significantly into Habitat's finances, the president said. To finish the project, Habitat will need about $30,000 to pay for materials; they have $10,000 right now.
Bouldin noted that, by donating to a non-profit group, people are eligible for certain tax exemptions. She also thanked the community -- ranging from people who have volunteered to businesses that have donated services to the home's revitalization -- for their charity.
The project home wouldn't be nearly as far along as it is now without the generosity of others.
"This town is just so understanding with giving and helping out," she said.
Donations boxes are located throughout town, and checks also may be deposited into the boxes. Checks should be made out to the Moffat County chapter of Routt County Habitat for Humanity.
They may also be mailed to the group at P.O. Box 487.
Anyone interested in donating money or volunteering for Habitat for Humanity may also call Bouldin at 824-5459.
Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or email@example.com.