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Moffat County Fuller Center welcomes new homeowner during Craig Chamber Mixer

CRAIG — “I’m home,” is what Craig resident Lidia Mendoza and her daughter will be saying every day from now on thanks to the Fuller Center for Housing.

The Fuller Center is a nonprofit organization that build homes for families in need with the help of volunteers, according to Moffat County Fuller Center Chapter President Neil Folks, and during a Chamber Mixer held Thursday, the center unveiled its newest home, which came to fruition following a three-and-a-half year project and is now finally ready for support a family.

The house, located on the 700 block of Yampa Avenue, used to be the Simmons Rooming House, Folks said. The owner donated the land to the center, and the materials from the old Simmons house were donated to help with the restoration of the Lay School House. Some of the materials purportedly date back to the 1910s.

“It was a long process,” Folks said. “Trying to find volunteers to take the time building a home is a challenge.”

Mendoza was selected to receive through an application process, Folks said. The process includes background checks and a financial assessment to determine if applicants are able to  support themselves and make payments on the interest-free mortgage.

“We just want to give people a chance to own a home,” Folks said, “especially for people who don’t have much, like some others do.”

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Mendoza called her selection a huge blessing. She was at work when she saw a newspaper article about the home and decided to apply. Shortly after, the center asked to interview her and, a month later, asked if she was interested in the home. She acknowledged she wasn’t expecting to be selected and was surprised when she was.

Mendoza, 21, works two jobs to support her 2-year-old daughter, Alalea.

She and her daughter were living in an apartment with her parents. She said being selected to receive the house is an exciting opportunity for her and her daughter.

“I want to thank everyone for giving me a chance and believing in me,” Mendoza said.

Contact David Tan at 970-875-1795 or dtan@CraigDailyPress.com.