Veteran and his family move into Habitat for Humanity house

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 23, 2015) - A veteran and his wife realized their dream of home ownership Friday through Habitat for Humanity. The couple devoted three hundred hours to the organization before moving into their new near north side house.

Malachi Smith is this year's recipient of the FOX 59 Habitat panel build. Smith is a retired army sergeant. He said he is thrilled to have a place to gather his growing family, including a new grandchild.

"I'm looking forward to sitting on my front porch in the rocking chair with a baby in my hands," Smith said.

Construction for his new house began in the FOX 59 parking with station staff and volunteers. Then, the panels were moved to the state fairgrounds. More than 850 volunteers donated their time to fish the house in just two weeks.

"I can`t even find the words the way I felt seeing this come about and just in a matter of a couple of weeks from scratch to finish," Smith said. "I've never seen something pulled together that fast. And, from the beginning I said 'wow this is going to be mine.'  Just awesome."

Crews transported the finish house from the fairgrounds to its permanent location near 33rd Street and Capitol Avenue.

A blessing for the house took place Friday morning. Smith and his wife plan on moving in Friday night.