Construction at Habitat for Humanity house in Belfast making progress

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BELFAST, Maine (WABI) - In April a single dad and his two year old son found out they would be getting a home through habitat for humanity.

In less than four months it went from a surprise to reality.

Michael Curtis was surprised at work with the news he would have a place to call home.

Now the 24 year old is working on that home and seeing the first walls go up. "This is definitely a fun day, yeah just like seeing all these walls go up, it's spectacular."

A number of volunteers have donated money, materials and their own sweat to get this Habitat for Humanity home to this point, and they were also rewarded with this next phase of the build.

"We are inviting everyone who comes on the site before the roof goes up to sign their well wishes for the homeowner to send a message of support so we really have the support of the community built right in to the structure," said Meg Klingelhofer the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County.

One team of volunteers called the Care-A-Vanners arrived from across the country in their RV's to help with this build and while there is still a lot of work left to do seeing the frame in place is a special milestone.

"Standing up that wall and watching the realization in the homeowner's eyes that it's about to be real," said Don Sparks of Canyon Lake Texas who is in his fifth year volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and making his second visit to Maine for a build.

"I've been going through like a fog,' said Curtis. "This is kind of surreal like I don't know what this is going to be and now I'm kind of like seeing the vision as it's being built up and it's really becoming a real thing.

The Care-A-Vanners at this site are from Texas and Tennessee and this is part of their vacation and touring of the country.

"Across the nation there's about five thousand people like me that do this," said Sparks before the first wall went up. "And last year there were 140 build sites that the Habitat for Humanity and the Care-A-Vanners showed up to help a local affiliate complete their task"

The hope for the more than 200 volunteers taking part in this build is to have Curtis and his son in their new home in time for the new year..