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Habitat gets set for construction

Before renovations start on the first Habitat for Humanity home in Craig, a few local churches are teaming up to clean the house and get it ready for construction.

Church members will meet at the Habitat house at 745 Yampa Ave. Friday at 4 p.m. to clean and do some minor demolition, such as tearing out old cabinets.

The cleanup will last until about 9 p.m.

Participating churches are the Craig Second Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Luther Church of Grace and First Congregation Church of Craig.

Other community members are welcome to attend the clean up and the potluck dinner that follows.

Organizers encourage the public to bring tools for the clean up — including hammers, garbage bags, crowbars and brooms.

For the potluck, organizers encourage people to bring a main dish or dessert, drinks will be provided.

“We wanted a project to get the community together,” said Susan Croteau of Craig. Croteau is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and one of the clean up’s organizers.

The house, which Habitat bought from The Memorial Hospital, is pretty messy right now, Croteau said.

“It needs a lot of cleanup,” she said.

To get the house ready for renovations, a cleanup and potluck is scheduled for next Friday as well.

The cleanup is part of the Governor’s Colorado Cares program, which encourages people to volunteer in their community.

This is Croteau’s first experience with Habitat, but she said she always wanted to work with the charity.

“I always watched it on television and thought it would be a fun thing to do,” she said.

The house is Habitat’s first project in Moffat County.

Worldwide, Habitat has built more than 175,000 homes, providing more than 750,000 people with housing. .

The Christian-based charity was started by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976.

Habitat has more than 2,100 active affiliates in 100 countries, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com

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