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Habitat house coming along ‘slowly’

Jerry Raehal

The structure is in place. The walls are up. The basics are done.

Now, it’s just everything else that needs to get finished.

The first home built by Moffat County Habitat For Humanity is getting closer to completion, but as Habitat For Humanity Secretary Randy Looper put it, the project at 745 Yampa Ave. is coming along slowly.

The expected completion date has been pushed back several times. Looper is hoping for the house to be complete by August, but he said September is more likely.

“At this point, the major work is done,” Looper said. “It’s the 5,000 little things that need to be done now.”

Little things that take specialized skills to do, he said, such as electrical work, mudding and painting the walls. And that is what causes delays.

“A lot of it is detail work that not everyone can do,” Looper said.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t other work to do, as the several volunteers who showed up Saturday for a community workday can attest. They washed windows, picked up trash and did what they could.

Looper said another reason for the delay was the loss of John Bouldin, who was working as the unofficial project manager until he and his wife, Marilyn – who was the group’s president – moved when Marilyn accepted a position as the director of public health nursing for Chaffee County.

“Since he left, we haven’t had that one person to coordinate everything,” Looper said.

In addition to needing a project manager, Looper said the group is also seeking four more board members, as well as specialized contractors “who are willing : to say, ‘Yes, I can do this.'”

Looper said the group has yet to seriously look at projects beyond the one on 745 Yampa Ave., as its focus is to get the first house done.

The process to build the house started two years ago, Looper said, with structure work beginning in spring 2006. The house is earmarked for the Burkett family of Craig.

When complete, a house dedication will take place to celebrate the event.

Jerry Raehal can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 204, or jraehal@craigdailypress.com.


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