Fairfield Habitat for Humanity holds 10th home dedication

The 10th home dedication for the Fairfield Habitat for Humanity celebrated what might have been the organization's most successful efforts.

The house is the most energy efficient one yet, beating the energy code by 14 percent.

It was also the quickest one built allowing the family to move in just in time for the Christmas Holiday.

Fairfield Habitat for Humanity utilized social media this year helping to draw in an outpouring of volunteers for the project. The volunteers participate in all facets of building a house.

"They do everything," said Holly Butler, Construction Manager for the Fairfield Habitat for Humanity. "We have the walls framed by Eldora Boys Homes. We tilt them up. We install tresses. We put up a roof. We do everything that can be done by a general contractor essentially."

Chrystal Knight and Dustin Wickencamp are the new homeowners and reside with their children.

The family was required to put in 400 hours of labor, but ended up doubling that workload, putting in a total of 800 hours.

Despite popular assumption, the house isn't given away--the volunteer efforts are used to give the family a leg up.

"Like they say, it's a hand-up not a handout," said Knight. "We still have a mortgage payment every month. We pay for everything in the house. We're buying it."

Knight and her family refer to the house as a blessing--their last home suffered from flooding among other issues.

"There's mornings I wake up and I don't even feel like I'm in my own home," said Knight. "So it's getting hard to adjust. We've never had a new home. I've never had anything this nice so I'm adjusting, we're all adjusting, but it's kind of hard to believe it's your home when you don't think you can ever get anything like this."

It usually takes the Fairfield Habitat for Humanity one year to build a house. This time it took seven months.