Volunteers repair Hammond, Louisiana, home badly damaged in storm 8 years ago

Volunteers repair Hammond, Louisiana, home badly damaged in storm 8 years ago

When a large tree falls on your home during a storm, the immediate aftermath of clean-up and repairs can be a brief ordeal. For Carmen Mapes of Hammond, Louisiana, however, this became an eight-year ordeal. She and her son have used tarps on the roof and buckets to catch rain inside their home since then.

Those hard days are over, thanks to the Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing, donated shingles from World Vision and teams of enthusiastic volunteers from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and college groups from Southeastern Louisiana University, Alma College in Michigan and University of Redlands in California, as well as a team of Amish volunteers who came down earlier this year.

“It’s been a long journey,” Mapes told the Hammond Star on Wednesday. “I pinch myself every day.”

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RELATED: The Higher Ground on the Bayou Flood Recovery Build

The Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing is hosting the Higher Ground on the Bayou Flood Recovery Build April 24-27, 2017, and needs volunteers. If you’d like to learn more or want to register to work in this area twice damaged by historic flooding in 2016, click here.

Twin Storms Relief Fund to support Fuller Center’s efforts to help Albany, Georgia, families

Twin Storms Relief Fund to support Fuller Center’s efforts to help Albany, Georgia, families

City leaders in Albany, Georgia, have teamed up with the Albany Area Fuller Center for Housing to help families impacted by January storms. Residents who are underinsured or not getting help from FEMA will have the opportunity to partner with The Fuller Center to get assistance. Those wishing to donate to the relief fund can do so at SunTrust Bank branches in Dougherty and Lee Counties. WALB-TV reports on the initiative below.

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VIDEO: Louisianans want you to join them at April events in area ravaged by 2016 floods

VIDEO: Louisianans want you to join them at April events in area ravaged by 2016 floods

Tamara Danel, Executive Director of the Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing in Hammond, Louisiana, recruited a few friends for a Facebook live session in which they encourage you to join them at the April 24-27 Higher Ground on the Bayou Flood Recovery Build and/or the April 28-29 Fuller Center Annual Conference. Watch the video below, and then sign up at the following links:

Flood recovery 4-day blitz info/registration

Annual conference info/registration

Young Professionals group learns about Disaster ReBuilders’ work in Louisiana

Young Professionals group learns about Disaster ReBuilders’ work in Louisiana

The Livingston Parish News reports on a luncheon meeting of the Livingston Young Professionals, during which leaders spoke about the work of the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders, who have set up a base in Denham Springs, Louisiana, to help residents recover from the disastrous flooding of 2016. “They will need volunteers,” said Jamie Seal, of Quality Engineering & Surveying and a member of the LYP steering council. “They say Millennials want to be involved with things that are meaningful.”

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‘I’ve come back home,’ 91-year-old says after house she loves is refurbished

‘I’ve come back home,’ 91-year-old says after house she loves is refurbished

The Marietta Daily Journal has an extensive report about the refurbishing of the Stockbridge, Georgia, home of Lillie Mae Woods, a 91-year-old better known in the Tye Street community as “Mother Woods.” Henry County Fuller Center for Housing Vice President Wayne Smith said the project matched their goals for helping the community. “Our purpose is to help people have safe, sustainable, affordable housing that grants them the dignity to stay in their own home,” he said.

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Former Habitat affiliate in Houston, Miss., sees ‘a better fit’ with Fuller Center

Former Habitat affiliate in Houston, Miss., sees ‘a better fit’ with Fuller Center

The Fuller Center for Housing’s newest covenant partner in Houston, Mississippi, is featured in a new article by the Chickasaw Journal in which local president Randy Rinehart explains the decision to part with Habitat for Humanity. “Habitat is a great organization, but they have a lot of rules and regulation that can be expensive to a chapter our size,” he tells tells the paper. “We feel like this will be a better fit.” Rinehart is pastor of Parkway Baptist Church, which learned about the grass-roots Fuller Center through its experience hosting the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure during its annual spring rides down the Natchez Trace Parkway.

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University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences report features Bicycle Adventure leaders

University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences report features Bicycle Adventure leaders

The University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences has published an article about how and why Alabama grads Henry Downes and Connor Ciment decided to put their skills into action to help others by volunteering to lead The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure — the single biggest fundraiser for The Fuller Center for Housing’s work around the world. You can read the complete article at the link below.

Alumnus bike for better housing

Updated case statement now available for viewing, downloading or printing

Updated case statement now available for viewing, downloading or printing

The Fuller Center for Housing’s latest case statement has been updated with a new look for easier printing so that you can either learn about the basic, grass-roots principles that make this ministry so effective or so you can share those insights with others who may not be so familiar with our work across the United States and around the world. It includes the latest numbers on volunteer hours and how financial gifts are being put to use in the field. Throughout the 8-page document, you’ll also find profiles of several Fuller Center communities.

Fuller Center case statement