Fuller Center General

By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

On February 2, Groundhog Punxsutawny Phil emerged from his house and saw his shadow, guaranteeing six more weeks of winter. In an unpreceented move, The Fuller Center for Housing has since seized his home and given it to a more deserving family of opossums — at least until Phil decides to reconsider whether he actually saw his shadow.

By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

January is usually a fairly quiet month for The Fuller Center with winter conditions curtailing a lot of projects, especially in the U.S. But there is a lot of work being done in the field by good-hearted folks willing to brave the cold.

And for those of us who can't handle the cold — including myself as I'm a lifelong Georgia who thinks any temperature under 50 is "freezing" — there are all kinds of international hotspots where The Fuller Center stays busy.

One of those is Nicaragua, where I was fortunate to spend a week in January documenting the work of the covenant partner while being part of a Fuller Center Global Builders team led by none other than our president David Snell and several members of our Board of Directors. We all came away hugely impressed with the work in Nicaragua and it was hard to say goodbye to the wonderful, friendly, hard-working people there.

Please click here to see a special report, complete with video and photo galleries, about The Fuller Center's work in Nicaragua
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Also, click here to see what David Snell had to say about the experience.

Meanwhile, here's a sampling of some other Fuller Center news from January ...

By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

The holidays have been great this year, and the Christmas spirit is alive and well in the hearts of Fuller Center supporters and volunteers. Now, we are ready to charge ahead into the year 2015, which will be The Fuller Center's 10th anniversary (hence the 10th Anniversary logo pictured at right). But while we're focused on the future, here's a quick look back at some of the news in December.

By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

November is supposed to be a month for thankfulness and gratitude, and it certainly was that for The Fuller Center. Not only are we thankful for some remarkable work being done in the field by our covenant partners in the U.S. and overseas, but we also continue to be blessed with generous gifts that ensure more and more families will be extended a helping hand.

Among those gifts in November was a $1 million donation by longtime friends and frequent volunteers Doug and Jill Miller. Many thanks to President Jimmy Carter for inviting the Millers and Fuller Center President David Snell and his wife, Sheilla, over to his home in Plains for the presentation.

Doug has worked hard all his life to achieve a great level of success and gladly shares his blessings — however, he insists on sharing it in ways that don't just help people temporarily but in the long run. He prefers our hand-up approach of partnering with families who are willing to work for a better life moreso than mere handouts that often have the opposite effect that was intended.

To read more about the Millers, their appreciation for hard work and their generous gift, please click here. And to see just some of the other big events from the month of November, see below:

By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

It's finally starting to feel a little bit like fall here in Georgia. This is often a time when our covenant partners hammer out plans for the next year and ramp up the end-of-year fundraising efforts to make those plans a reality.

But that doesn't mean the hammers have stopped swinging. In fact, one of the biggest events this month was last week's completion of The Fuller Center's 56-home Lambi Village in Haiti. Lambi was a great plan — building an entire community where families were full partners in the building process and not the recipients of the kind of well-meaning handouts that have unintentionally crippled the Haitian people.

With apologies to George Peppard's character Hannibal on TV's "The A-Team" (my favorite show back in 8th grade), I love it when a plan comes together. If you didn't get that, congratulations, you haven't watched too much bad TV. Haiti has seen plenty of plans made and plans fizzle, often before they even got off the ground. But Lambi stands as a testament to The Fuller Center's determination to follow through on plans and to help people help themselves.

Click here for the complete report on last week's dedication of Lambi Village.

Now, here's a sampling of other happenings in October. Click the links for full details: