By David Snell,
President, Fuller Center for Housing
I’ve reached that point in life where time seems to pass faster and faster, losing its steady pace in an ever-accelerating spiral. When I feel like it’s getting out of control, though, I just take a minute to look back and I’m always amazed at how much activity filled those fleeting days and weeks. Summer is the high building season for many of our covenant partners here in the States, and what a summer it was!
Things got off to an early start with April’s Millard Fuller Legacy Build in Louisville. Over a hundred volunteers spent a week rehabbing six houses there, a project that helped the Louisville team receive the Mayor’s Spirit of Louisville award just this month. These events are just like family reunions (except everyone pretty much likes each other and there aren’t any crazy uncles). We had a great time in Louisville.
In June we hosted the Toolie Build right here in Americus. To celebrate her 50th birthday, our friend and supporter Karen “Toolie” Warkentien raised the money and mobilized the volunteers to build a house with the Battle family. Being on the hosting side of the event took Sheilla and me back to our earliest Habitat days, when we cut our teeth putting together the Jimmy Carter Work Projects. It’s a lot of work!
The summer Bicycle Adventure took off from Atlantic City in June for their 3,600-mile jaunt across the country. Their fundraising goal was to cross the million dollar mark and they made it! We joined up with them on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, my old stomping grounds, and got to share in the spirit that makes this so much more than a cross-country bicycle ride, as if that weren’t enough — a great group of dedicated souls spreading the word about our work all across the country, and having a good time doing it.