Fulton Habitat for Humanity home construction on schedule

Anakin Bush/Fulton Sun Construction continues on a River City Habitat for Humanity home in Fulton for a family of 14. Ground broke on the home March 30.

Construction is moving along for the Fulton home being built through Habitat for Humanity.

Susan Cook-Williams, executive director at River City Habitat for Humanity said construction is "going pretty well."

Exterior walls are complete and the house will have a roof soon, Cook-Williams said Friday, adding the family who will purchase the home has even picked out flooring.

Cook-Williams said construction on the home will be complete "hopefully by Christmas time," but completion depends on weather and other factors. Habitat for Humanity broke ground for the home March 30.

The construction team has not faced any unexpected roadblocks, only experiencing "standard delays" concerning contractors and supplies, Cook-Williams said.

Cook-Williams also noted River City Habitat for Humanity is only allowed to build a home outside of Cole County once in the organization's lifetime. There was a Habitat for Humanity operating in Fulton at one time but it closed more than a decade ago.

Habitat for Humanity homeowners attend classes to learn about balancing finances and maintaining their new home. They also put "sweat equity" into their home -- a requirement that they participate in its construction. The family will also pay a 30-year zero-interest loan on the home.

The Gul Safi family - two parents and 12 children - will move into the home once construction is complete. The head of household, Sheen Gul Safi, was a soldier in Afghanistan and fought alongside American soldiers for more than 20 years, according to Bob Hansen, president of Humanity for Children.

Before arriving in Fulton, the family left Afghanistan and went to Dubai, then Germany, then Quantico, then spent three months in refugee camps. They stayed in a Westminster College fraternity annex building temporarily before a landlord provided them with temporary housing for a year.

Cook-Williams previously explained that over the past few years, the cost for an average four-bedroom home in Central Missouri built by Habitat for Humanity rose from $100,000 to $130,000. For a six-bedroom home, she projected it would cost almost $160,000.

The plot of land for the house was donated by Tom and Katherine Christensen of Fulton and Tom and Pamela Nadler of New York City. When completed, the single story house will be 2,569 square feet with six bedrooms.

Cook-Williams said volunteers have been "excellent help" and urges them to "stay involved" to finish constructing the house.

Those interested in volunteering with the house's construction can visit rivercityhabitat.org/volunteer.