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By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

The first day of June saw the start of the Lind-A Hand Build — Linda Fuller's Build for Women — in Lanett, Alabama, hometown of Fuller Center founder Millard Fuller. I was there that day, and it was obvious from the start that this would be a June to remember. The ladies there ran ahead of schedule all week and did a fantastic job. The event culminated with an emotional dedication ceremony that Friday, something you can learn more about by checking out this link summarizing the week and then watch this video from the build.

Here are just some of the other Fuller Center events from June:


By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications


By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

A wonderful month of April took a tragic turn toward the end of the month as a massive earthquake struck the exotic country of Nepal, where we built our first international houses.

We've since found out that the homes we've built in the Trishuli village just 30 miles from the quake's center are all safe and sound, as are our partner families in the community. But there is now even more work to be done in Trishuli and all across the nation. If you would like to contribute to our disaster recovery fund, please click here.

Here's a quick look at some of the other events and news around The Fuller Center for Housing from the past month:

Pray for Nepal

The Fuller Center's Director of International Field Operations, Ryan Iafigliola, visited Nepal in April 2012, where we was inspired by the beauty of the land and the determination of the Nepalese people.

Next month, he planned to return to Nepal to build Fuller Center homes, including what would have been our 1,000th international home. It was part of how he and his recent bride wanted to celebrate their marriage. They even asked people to give to our work in Nepal in lieu of wedding gifts.

That trip is not canceled, but it certainly is in jeopardy for the time being because of the devastation in Nepal. It's the first country outside the United States where we worked, and we will be there for many more years helping the Nepalese people rebuild. It will be a lot like our work in Haiti now, which keeps growing long after the spotlight has faded from its 2010 disaster. We don't work in disaster response but in disaster recovery. We will be there for the long haul.

Meanwhile, Ryan has asked that people do something very important in response to the disaster: Pray. He has allowed us to share a note he wrote to friends and family yesterday:

Please pray for Nepal. Here's how you can pray for Nepal:

MONTH IN REVIEW: February 2015

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.

MONTH IN REVIEW: January 2015

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

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 ...

MONTH IN REVIEW: December 2014

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.

MONTH IN REVIEW: November 2014

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:

Month in review: October 2014

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:

Month in review: September 2014

By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

In the past few months, the Ebola crisis has gotten more and more attention — and rightfully so. It's tragic to see the toll it has taken on thousands of families in West Africa and terrifying to think of the “what ifs.” What if we can't stop it? What if we can't contain it? What if it mutates and becomes more than we can handle?

When I think of the “what ifs,” here's one you may not have thought about: What if the Ebola outbreak had begun in a Haitian tent city with families crammed together in unsanitary conditions, more than four years after the devastating earthquake there? I believe it would have be even more devastating and would spread even faster.

Here's another “what if”: What if we stopped such outbreaks before they started? One critical element in that equation is decent, healthy housing. That's why we remain committed to helping our covenant partner in Sierra Leone, in the heart of the outbreak, as they strive to provide decent homes for families and move them away from the unhealthy slums of crowded cities like Freetown. If you would like to contribute to that cause, click here.

Housing is a key component to having healthy families and healthy communities. Studies have clearly shown that children who grow up in a decent home are healthier, happier and do better in school. That's why we're thrilled with each Fuller Center home built or repaired. And we're even more thrilled to see entire communities of Fuller Center homes.

And that's what we're seeing in Haiti, where an entire healthy community of decent homes will be completed during a Global Builders work trip Oct. 19-26 of this month. Haiti is a nation desperately in need of the kind of help The Fuller Center provides — help that empowers instead of creating a culture of dependency. This community sets the standard by which all nonprofits should operate. President David Snell will join volunteers on site for this momentous occasion and will share his thoughts from the experience with you. Click here to meet some of the dedicated volunteers who've helped make this possible and who will be revisiting Haiti this month to help us complete the place we call Lambi. They are some pretty impressive, service-minded folks!

Now, let's catch you up on some of the Fuller Center news you may have missed in September. (Like us on Facebook to make sure you never miss any news.) Click the links for each story: