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Fuller Center for Housing gears up for construction season in Craig

Andie Tessler

— It may look like an empty lot now, but by the end of summer volunteers with the Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing will transform the overgrown patch of weeds in the 700 block of Yampa Avenue into a new handicap-accessible duplex for two fortunate Craig families.

The Fuller Center became a reality in 2005 when Habitat for Humanity founders Millard and Linda Fuller parted ways with their blueprint company to start a faith-driven and Christ-centered philanthropy model that still focused on providing shelter to low-income and poverty-level families.

There already have been three applications submitted for consideration, and one family has been chosen. The basic criteria under consideration are applicant need, willingness to partner with the volunteers and work on the home and the ability of the applicant to pay the mortgage on their new home in installments of their choosing.

“We’re hoping to get underway in the next couple, three weeks,” said Neil Folks, president of MCFCH. “Right now it’s all about raising the funds and the volunteers. There were actually quite a few people who wanted to get in on the ground floor.”

The organization has been in Craig for two years, but this will be the first home constructed under its auspices.

“We looked into Habitat for Humanity but they don’t work in towns of less than 15,000,” Folks said. “The Fuller Center will come in pretty much anywhere. They’re much more willing to work with the small towns.”

Towns that wish to become part of the Fuller Center organization sign an agreement stating that both entities will work as partners for building new homes and renovating old ones.

“I’m not sure you have to have any sort of training to come out and help,” said volunteer Mel Duran. “I’m a carpenter, but there are a bunch of younger kids volunteering, too.”

Folks just hopes that the citizens and businesses of Moffat County will throw their combined energy and resources behind the project.

Wal-mart has already committed a team of employees for one weekend of the build, and Folks hopes more large companies follow suit.

“Craig still has a pretty depressed economy,” Folks said. “We’d love to hear from some of the big companies around here.”

MCFCH works diligently to keep the cost of construction to a minimum, such as no profit and no interest mortgages, volunteer labor and donated materials.

An engineer will evaluate the site next week and clear the $53,000 project for construction.

“I’m just waiting for the call from the guys that are doing it,” Duran said. “We’re going to get out there and work hard and build this thing from the foundation up.”

If you or someone you know is interested in applying to the program, applications are available at Brass Key Realty.

Andie Tessler can be reached at 970-875-1793 or atessler@craigdailypress.com.