A Rockport family of eight had been separated since Hurricane Harvey, but thanks to Habitat for Humanity, they are finally back together under one roof.

The moment was a long time coming for Curtis Robertson, his wife and their six children.

"When she comes in at the end of the week and says the foundation is up and showing pictures of it, I couldn't even fathom," Robertson said.

The four-bedroom, two-bath home is much larger than what the family has been used to. Construction on the home started as Robertson was in the hospital recovering from heart surgery, watching the progress through pictures.

"When you talk about a family of eight, kids and a wife that have to be taken care of, it's devastating," Robertson said.

The family's struggles actually came before Harvey when their home was destroyed in a fire. That's when the large family moved into a tiny metal shack on their property, but then the hurricane hit.

"It was impossible for them to stay together, so they've been displaced for quite a while, not able to live together," said Patty Butters of Habitat for Humanity.

After hearing about the family's situation, Butters and Habitat for Humanity of Aransas County answered the call to help.

"The interesting thing is that when we stepped in this house, we didn't have a budget for them, but we saw this was a family really in need," Butters said.

That's where the community, other organizations, and even the Mennonite Disaster Service stepped up to the plate.

"We think this was one of the quickest homes we've done, but the need was the highest," Butters said.

The home was constructed in about two months.

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