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Volunteers attack Habitat Home

Michelle Balleck

With crowbars and hammers in hand, community members went to work on one old house.

They gutted the white building that sits at 745 Yampa Ave. Friday, taking out its carpeting, cabinetry and ceramic stools.

“It has been boarded up and an eyesore for too long now,” Vicki Burns said.

So volunteers from several local churches tore out “anything not tacked down” to make the house livable again. Soon, that little white house will have the distinction of being the first completed project of Moffat County Habitat for Humanity.

“It’s really not as bad as people think it is,” said Burns, the property’s Realtor and the group’s treasurer. “It’ll be a nice place to add to the community.”

Habitat purchased the house from The Memorial Hospital for $44,000, with a $1,000 down payment and financing through the hospital. The organization closed on the property June 29.

The house has been boarded up for a few years. It has been used as a training facility for local law enforcement officers. But Friday, the boards started to come off, and the house had natural light again.

Jane Dunckley, a member of the Third Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was one of nearly 50 workers who donated their time.

“I think it’s a great idea, and I want to support the community and what they’re doing,” she said on a break from sweeping.

This is her first time being involved in a Habitat home, and she hopes to see the project through to the end. But there’s only so much work she can do.

“Hopefully we’ll give somebody else a chance for the blessings, come next week,” she said.

This Friday, Habitat organizers are planning another work day starting at 4 p.m. Workers will tear up the tile flooring and start putting some primer on the walls, Burns said.

“(After Friday), it’ll probably be August before our next work day,” she said, “and we hope to have our family picked by then.”

The chosen family must meet Habitat guidelines and is required to put in at least 350 hours of “sweat equity” hours on their home or another Habitat home. After inspections later this month, Burns said it’s full speed ahead.

“December is our anticipated completion date,” she said. “We’d like (the family) to have their Christmas in there.”

For more information on Habitat applications, or to get involved with Habitat for Humanity, call Melinda Bobo at 826-2679 or Burns at 824-7086.

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