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With the construction of her Habitat for Humanity house under way, Rosura Colin can't help but feel excited about the opportunities that will come with home ownership.

It will be an opportunity to get a pet dog for her 15-year-old son, Jimmy Mitchell, and for the 39-year-old mother to fulfill a dream of referring to herself as a homeowner after years of living in an apartment.

"I'm really happy," said Colin, who isn't fluent in English and had Jimmy translate for her. "It feels really good."

The 1,200-square-foot house being built by Habitat for Humanity of Glynn County for Colin and her son at 1011 Seventh St. is on a fast track to be completed in just seven days of work.

The goal of the building blitz is to have all components of a single-family residence completed in one week's time.

Volunteer work that includes putting up the frames and walls, hammering the roof and landscaping started last Saturday.

With the basic structure of a house in place, construction supervisor Jim Fucetola believes the single-story building will be completed by Saturday, the target day.

"As long as we have volunteers and everything goes on track, good weather, I think (it'll be done)," he said Monday. "Organization is key."

After the apartment complex where Colin, a private housekeeper, was living raised her rent to an amount she couldn't afford, she decided not to renew her lease.

Having no where else to go, she moved with her son into a friend's apartment. The two have shared one bedroom for the past eight months.

The woman whose house Colin cleans offered to help her find a place to stay and found Habitat in the process.

Now, with a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house on the horizon, Jimmy is eager to have his own room and space.

"I've been living in an apartment my whole life, so it feels pretty nice," he said of the house he and his mother, who has to put in a minimum of 200 sweat equity hours, are helping build.

A Habitat for Humanity house usually takes 90 to 130 days to complete, said Fucetola, who has 25 years of experience as a contractor.

It's the volunteers who make completion in a week possible, he said. Among the volunteers Monday were College of Coastal Georgia students and staff members. They were there on a day without classes during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

Bert Brown, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Glynn County, says with 35 to 40 volunteers from churches, civic groups and schools helping each day, a fast finish could very well happen.

"It's looking very promising," he said.

* Reporter Martin Rand III covers local news. Contact him at mrand@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook, or at 265-8320, ext. 324.



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