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Habitat for Humanity completes home in 7 days

Posted: 11:41 PM, Jun 17, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-17 23:41:22-04

A single mother of three was handed more than just the keys to a Cape Coral home, but the keys to a bright new chapter for the Costa family.

"It just shows what a community can do when they put their minds together and really push forward," said Rubie Costa, after the home dedication ceremony. "I'm extremely humbled that it was done for me and my children's future," she added.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties and Aubuchon Homes rose to the challenge of a blitz build finishing the house construction in just seven days.

"Normal house construction takes place over several months so to condense it to a one week schedule took a Herculean effort by lots of people," said Gary Aubuchon.

Over two hundred people built the house from scratch. The crews even had to endure the rains in order to make deadline.

"We did have one day where we were painting the outside where we got the outside painted and the rain washed it away and we had to do it again," said Aubuchon.

The project's workers were motivated to work hard because they had Rubie and her three children in mind.

"How people felt in their heart about doing this house and for what it means to be able to help somebody else," said Aubuchon. "You can see the enthusiasm and feel the love in the room," he added.