Armenian Assembly of America, summer interns, help build Fuller Center home

Armenian Assembly of America, summer interns, help build Fuller Center home

(Photo: Armenian Assembly of America Regional Director Arpi Vartanian with a couple of new young friends Saturday.)

Armenian Assembly of America Regional Director Arpi Vartanian, along with interns of the Assembly’s Summer Internship Program in Armenia, joined Fuller Center for Housing of Armenia on Sunday to help the Babayans from Geghard village of Kotayk region build a simple, decent home.

“Coming to Geghard Village, meeting the Babayans, and working with them and Fuller Center for Housing-Armenia was an opportunity I promise none of us will forget,” Vartanian said. “Knowing that we contributed to the building of this lovely family’s home, ensuring a warm home in the winter and a cool home in the summer, is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Hard work and teamwork truly create miracles. I’ve known Fuller Center for Housing – Armenia for many years and am always impressed with the incredible work they do throughout the Republic Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh,”

Read the complete story at FullerCenterArmenia.org.

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Check out these photos from Saturday’s work day:

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Bicycle Adventurers find a welcoming oasis at Pauls Valley, Oklahoma’s Church of Christ

Bicycle Adventurers find a welcoming oasis at Pauls Valley, Oklahoma’s Church of Christ

(Photo: Part of the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s mission is to make new friends for our ministry. We assume this pup is requesting to be put on our newsletter list.)

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure is closing in on an all-time fundraising mark of $2 million since its first ride in 2008. With about a month left in this year’s ride, this year’s crop of rider-fundraisers are within $100,000 of the milestone.

Obviously, the success can’t be achieved without the riders’ efforts and the fundraisers who contribute to their unique way of raising money for The Fuller Center for Housing’s affordable housing ministry. But the Adventure would not be possible without the hundreds of churches who open their arms to our teams of riders every year. It’s an opportunity for these churches to put faith into action, share Christian love and fellowship and learn about our work.

The Pauls Valley Democrat just published a great article about the welcoming “oasis” our team found at the Pauls Valley Church of Christ on Monday. Check it out here!

 

UCC continues to deliver on promise to help families in Nepal recover from earthquake

UCC continues to deliver on promise to help families in Nepal recover from earthquake

(Photo: One of the 26 new Fuller Center homes in Nepal already funded by UCC Disaster Ministries.)

As Carol Fouke-Mpoyo rightly notes in a new article for the United Church of Christ’s website, there have been many hurdles placed in the way of good-hearted people trying to help the families still dealing with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that rocked Nepal in 2015. But The Fuller Center for Housing continues to build homes for families in need no matter the obstacles. That’s something that cannot be accomplished without the support of organizations like UCC Disaster Ministries, which has delivered another $50,000 to build 10 to 15 new Fuller Center homes in Nepal. Previously, the UCC gave $100,000 to build 26 homes in the country.

Click here to read the complete article about the UCC’s support of our work in Nepal.

First new Fuller Center homes in Madagascar lift families out of poverty housing

First new Fuller Center homes in Madagascar lift families out of poverty housing

(Photo: Armand and Georgette have moved out of a slum and now live in this new Fuller Center house with their two children in Ambohimanambola, Madagascar.)

Thanks to a popular DreamWorks animated movie series, most people think of talking hippos, smart-aleck penguins and dancing lions when they think of “Madagascar.” It is indeed a wild treasure with 90 percent of its wildlife species found nowhere else on the planet.

But there is another significant percentage that is more troubling for Madagascar — 70 percent living below the poverty rate. More than seven in 10 people on the island live on less than one dollar a day. This explains the prevalence of shacks and slums across the African nation.

The Fuller Center for Housing’s new covenant partner on the ground there is working to change that, one house at a time. They began by making badly needed repairs to deteriorating homes and have now dedicated their first two new homes.

ARMAND & GEORGETTE

Armand, 57, and his wife Georgette, 51, have raised their children in slum conditions (pictured) despite having steady jobs — Armand being a security guard and Georgette an elementary school teacher. With their combined $100 a month in salaries, they could not afford to escape the slum until The Fuller Center came along.

“With our low monthly income, the bank wouldn’t accept our  request for financing to build our house,” Armand said. “For this reason, we should have lived many years in the slum.”

Then he attended a local meeting as The Fuller Center for Housing of Madagascar was getting started.

“After that meeting, hope to see my house build grew stronger within me,” he said. “The kindness that The Fuller Center team showed to us changed our disappointment to confidence. Now, my house is in a nice place, and my family is leaving the unsafe and unhealthy quarters.”

“I always dreamed of getting a house, but we had no means to achieve it until we met The Fuller Center of Madagascar,” Georgette added. “Now, I am very happy and want to say thank you to everyone.”

Their son Arnaud, 19, is glad that he will be able to finish his studies in a simple, decent home and that his parents will have a healthier life.

“There was no space at our wooden house,” he said. “The dirty water from the toilets of surrounding houses and garbage from the nearby channel came into our home when it rained. But no more, thanks to the donors who helped us build our home.”

EMILIENNE

Emilienne, 64, is an elementary school teacher who was unable to bear children, so she adopted two sons — Eddy, now 20, and Jessy, 12. Even after working hard for 30 years as a teacher, Emilienne was unable to purchase a decent home for her boys, so she rented a one-room, 172-square-foot apartment for the three of them.

“Now, my long-time dream to have a new house has become a reality,” said Emilienne (pictured with Jessy and two visiting nieces on the day she moved into her home in Ankadilalampotsy-Ankaraobato). “My children and me, we are happy and give thanks to The Fuller Center for Housing and its team. We are satisfied with the partnership and pray that the project will continue in our country. I see this as a great hope for the generation.”

Fuller Center Director of International Field Operations Ryan Iafigliola has been impressed with how swiftly and independently the local group in Madagascar has begun its work, giving him great optimism for the future of The Fuller Center’s work in the country.

“We’re so excited to be working with such a fine group of people in Madagascar,” Iafigliola said. “They may be a small Fuller Center now, but their dedication and abilities make them one to watch. I can’t wait to see what God does with and through us in Madagascar.”

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VIDEO: Cross-country Bicycle Adventure now one-third complete; update from Colorado

VIDEO: Cross-country Bicycle Adventure now one-third complete; update from Colorado

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s cross-country ride — there also are West Coast and East Coast rides this year — is currently in Colorado. Today, the cyclists raising money for The Fuller Center for Housing are pedaling 61 miles from Leadville to Salida.

The team just posted a video update about their third of nine weeklong segments, including their first build day of the ride, which occurred this past Saturday with the Moffatt County Fuller Center for Housing in Craig, Colorado. Check out their Week 3 update below and please consider a gift to help these hardworking riders reach their fundraising goal of $400,000, which would put the ride over the all-time fundraising mark of $2 million since the first Adventure in 2008.

VIDEO: K’Hairi’s Christmas Wish Build dedication in West Point, Georgia

VIDEO: K’Hairi’s Christmas Wish Build dedication in West Point, Georgia

(Photo: Carla Ross hugs her house leaders Charlie Thell (left) and Tim DuBois as 7-year-old son K’Hairi looks on during the June 23, 2017, dedication of her new Fuller Center home.)

A few months ago, we told you about K’Hairi, a 7-year-old boy who suffers from sickle-cell and asthma and asked Santa Claus for one thing every Christmas — for his mother to have a decent place to live.

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about that wish coming true in earnest as volunteers began raising the walls on a new Fuller Center home for K’Hairi and his mom — Army veteran Carla Ross — in West Point, Georgia, at the start of a two-week blitz build that brought the community together in ways they will never forget.

Today, we are sharing a video we received from our friends at the Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project featuring the dedication ceremony for their 37th house. Congratulations to Carla Ross, K’Hairi, CFCP Executive Director Kim Roberts, house leaders Tim DuBois and Charlie Thell, West Point Mayor Steve Tramell, and the many other volunteers and supporters who came together to make this project possible!

2017 Legacy Build Day 5: Heavy rain cuts final day short, but so much accomplished

2017 Legacy Build Day 5: Heavy rain cuts final day short, but so much accomplished

While heavy rains may have called an abrupt, muddy halt to Friday’s final day of work at the 2017 Millard Fuller Legacy Build in the Tuxedo Park area of east Indianapolis, volunteers already had made great progress not just in building five new houses but also in lifting the spirits of an entire neighborhood that had felt its best days were behind it and its worst days were at hand.

No more. Tuxedo Park is on its way back up, and the volunteers and supporters of The Fuller Center for Housing and The Fuller Center for Housing of Central Indiana are to thank.

Click here to download high-resolution photos from the 2017 Legacy Build.

View WTHR-TV’s report from the final day of the build.

President David Snell talks about the success of the 2017 Legacy Build:

 

Closing ceremony today for two-house blitz build in Rainelle, West Virginia

Closing ceremony today for two-house blitz build in Rainelle, West Virginia

The Potomac Highlands Fuller Center for Housing will hold closing ceremonies for the end of the first of two blitz weeks this summer to help families in the community of Rainelle, West Virginia. Today is the one-year anniversary of that devastating natural disaster.

One house is being built in partnership with Travis Nutter and his children on 4th Street. Another house is being built in partnership with Robin Keaton and James Childers and their children on 3rd Street. Both families lost their homes and majority of their personal possessions in the flood. Both homes have been sponsored and are being constructed by the DreamBuilders of Maryland. There will be another two-house blitz later this summer.

View WDBJ’s report on this week’s project at this link.