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DECATUR, Ala. - It’s been a work in progress for one Habitat for Humanity home, and Monday, it took one more step toward being finished.

It's moving day, but no one is moving in.  Rather, the house is moving out. "We are nervous, but this is an exciting nervous," said Mindy Thwing, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County.

The house has been parked on Ascends Performance Materials in Decatur since the summer, as employees and volunteers poured in the hours to build it up. Employees drove by the build every day, seeing the progress.

"They wanted to do something where their employees could watch it grow from the ground up," said Thwing. "We had nearly 200 employees and contractors work on this home and I don't think it is an exaggeration to say it was built with love," said Hema Menon-Grant, an Ascend employee.

Ascend employees will come to work Tuesday and for the first time since the summer, their hard work won't be there. "Mixed emotions in the sense we want to make sure everything is done right. That the house is in one piece when it lands," said Menon-Grant.

But soon, it will do what it was designed to do -- house a family who needs it.

"That's what we do, we want to make that American dream happen for families and that's going to be a reality for Pancho in about a month," said Thwing.

The contractor has to build up the foundation, and then will put down flooring and other finishing touches.

Pancho Montano and his children will get to move into their home on November 20.