MONTH IN REVIEW: October 2015

MONTH IN REVIEW: October 2015

By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

October did not see much of a cooldown in the weather as we settled into the fall season, nor did the work of The Fuller Center cool down across the nation and around the world. Here are some of the highlights that supporters like you made possible in the month of October:

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MONTH IN REVIEW: September 2015

 
 
By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

The highlight of September had to be the kickoff of the 2015 Millard Fuller Legacy Build in Shreveport, Louisiana. On September 27, dozens of volunteers came to spend a week further revitalizing the Allendale neighborhood where The Fuller Center first began working 10 years ago. Volunteers built four new homes and worked on a major rehab project. For an overview of the week, see the video above and then click here for all the stories from the week.

Other September happenings included:

  • We published this article on our website about how your gifts are being put to work in Nepal building safe, permanent homes for those impacted by April’s massive earthquake. The first houses in our 200-home initiative are under way, and our experts on the ground are sharing their knowledge about building earthquake-resistant homes with other builders in Nepal so that their homes can survive future quakes the way our Fuller Center homes survived this past one.
  • We dedicated another dozen homes in Nigeria, as you can read about and see here.
  • Hardware Retailing magazine published this article about how The Fuller Center’s relationship with the North American Retail Hardware Association forged important new bonds on the Gulf Coast during the Disaster ReBuilders’ Back to Biloxi Build.
  • We officially introduced our 2016 Bicycle Adventure volunteer leader, Connor Ciment, a Connecticut native who graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama.
  • We dedicated our 6th new home in our newest building location in Haiti — the town of Pignon. See a photo here.
  • Our Tallahassee covenant partner participated in a Day of Service and Remembrance in Leon County, Florida. See pictures from the event that utilized dozens of volunteers.
  • Our covenant partner in Perry, Georgia, had a busy workday with dozens of young volunteers and several adults from their main partner church, Crossroads United Methodist Church. See a video about the day of service here.

MONTH IN REVIEW: August 2015

MONTH IN REVIEW: August 2015

By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

The past month ended on a high note with the conclusion of the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders’ Back to Biloxi blitz build, building a new home for the Nguyen family and giving four existing homes new life through major repair or massive renovations.

We are marking our 10th anniversary this year, and we just passed the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It was fitting that our Back to Biloxi build wrapped up on the 10th anniversary of Katrina and that we will be heading to Shreveport later this month for the Millard Fuller Legacy Build because the call to help house Katrina refugees in Shreveport is what led to The Fuller Center’s first homebuilding efforts in the U.S.

The Back to Biloxi build garnered great coverage for our ministry as you can see in these TV reports from early in the week and this report by Christian Broadcasting Network at the end of the week.

If you would like to join us for the Sept. 27-Oct. 2 Legacy Build in Shreveport, click here. Special hotel rates are available for reservations made by Sept. 12.

There was also some unfortunate news that a good friend of The Fuller Center and a long-time supporter of the Fullers’ work, former President Jimmy Carter, is battling cancer. While we are praying for his recovery, we must say that we are impressed with the way he is handling this situation, which is how he handles everything in his life — with dignity, honesty, optimism and great faith.

Meanwhile, here are just some of the news and notes you may have missed during the month of August:

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MONTH IN REVIEW: July 2015

MONTH IN REVIEW: July 2015

By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

It feels a little bit like summer out there, huh? OK, it feels more like the rim of a volcano out there, but the work of The Fuller Center is heating up across the nation and around the world. Here is a mere sampling of some of the things involving our affordable housing ministry that happened in July: Read More »

MONTH IN REVIEW: June 2015

MONTH IN REVIEW: June 2015

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.

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MONTH IN REVIEW: May 2015

MONTH IN REVIEW: May 2015

By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications

It’s June, which means the building season is in full swing. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than in our founder Millard Fuller’s hometown of Lanett, Alabama, site of the first-ever Lind-A Hand Build — Linda Fuller’s Build for Women. I was there yesterday, and they may very well be setting the standard for all house builds. So, men, you’re on notice!

The build kicked off on Sunday, the last day of May, with a fun dinner and celebration. Now, it’s all business as you can see in this story and photos from day 1 of the build. Now, let’s take a look at some of the other highlights from the month of May — highlights all made possible by your support!:

  • Our partners in Sri Lanka dedicated their 100th house. Click here to see a gallery of photos.
  • Hardware Retailing magazine published this article about the North American Retail Hardware Association’s support of our Bicycle Adventure’s build days during their summer ride.
  • Continuing an annual tradition, the U.S. Embassy in Armenia teamed up with The Fuller Center there to help a family in need. Click here to learn more.
  • KSLA-TV reports on an effort to build two new "Katy Build" houses in Bossier City, Louisiana. This latest project combines the efforts of The Fuller Center and several churches to honor teenage girls who were killed in a 2006 car crash.
  • He didn’t win the Indy 500, but Bryan Clauson won our support as his Jonathan Byrd’s Racing car bore the logo of The Fuller Center during one of the greatest spectacles in sports. Jonathan Byrd has seen the difference The Fuller Center has made in Indianapolis and has been a long-time supporter of our work. Learn more here.
  • The Rev. Joan MacPherson wrote an editorial piece about the impact volunteering with The Fuller Center has had on her church in Massachusetts. Click here to read it.
  • We got an update from President David Snell and Director of International Field Operations Ryan Iafigliola about our efforts to help Nepal. It includes a video of Ryan discussing plans. Click here for the report.
  • Our new covenant partner in Clark County, Ohio, was featured in a newspaper article and talked about why they switched from being a Habitat affiliate to a Fuller Center covenant partner. Click here for the story.
  • Our covenant partner in Carroll County, Virginia, was featured in this local newspaper article about working with volunteers in the community to assemble wall packages generously provided by our friends at CrossRoads Missions.
  • Here’s an unexpected piece we came across in Chattanooga, Tennessee — a newspaper obituary that prominently features Millard Fuller as it talks about how Millard’s vision and passion changed one man’s life.
  • A team of alumni from North Carolina State University sent back great photos from their Global Builders trip to work with our thriving partner in Nicaragua. Click here to see.
  • Our latest "1 Question" videos feature this one with David Snell talking about how The Fuller Center helps enhance the faith of a church congregation and this one with me talking about how The Fuller Center brings so many different people together because of one simple reason — no one is against helping people help themselves.
  • Speaking of me, :), I got some nice pictures from a work day with the new Perry Georgia Fuller Center for Housing from its 5th Greater Blessing project. Actually, it was a family affair for me as I worked alongside my wife (who will be joining us on the "10 Years, 10 Homes" build in Nicaragua in November) and my dad along with volunteers recruited by the disabled homeowner. We also got a $6,000 grant from a local charitable thrift store, Samaritan’s Closet. The owners are truly impressed with our Christian mission and principles of partnership. We’re now up to 7 Greater Blessing projects completed with more on the way.

Of course, this is just a small portion of some of what’s been going on with The Fuller Center in the past month. Always stay up to date at Facebook.com/FullerCenter.

MONTH IN REVIEW: April 2015

MONTH IN REVIEW: April 2015

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: Read More »

Pray for Nepal

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:
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