February – Executives added to FCH staff: David Snell (VP Programs), Glen Barton (Director of U.S. Field Operations).
A revolutionary new idea of “Greater Blessing Box” is conceived by Millard Fuller. Based on Jesus’ teaching that it is “more blessed to give than receive”, that blessing should not be denied to those with extremely limited incomes. Homeowners critically needing basic renovations of $5,000 or less would not be legally required to repay. However, a Greater Blessing Box filled with envelopes is given to each homeowner when renovations are complete. They are asked to send whatever they could afford so that they can receive the greater blessing by helping finance renovations for another needy homeowner.
From states throughout the nation, dedicated volunteers, some from HFH affiliates, converge in Northwest Louisiana to complete 23 houses with the “Higher Ground” initiative in Shreveport as well as a number of homes renovated on Gulf Coast in partnership with Mennonite Disaster Service.
Millard maintains rigorous travel schedule with high profile speeches to People Helping People Network, Indianapolis, Ind.; National Youth Leaders Conference, Washington, D.C.; YPO Fellowship Conference, Tucson, Ariz.; Gathering of Leaders, Mohonk Retreat Center, N.Y.; Lutheran Social Services Annual Meeting, Marion, Ill.; Episcopal Churchmen 60th Annual Conference, Monteagle, Tenn. and numerous Habitat for Humanity events in more than 20 states.
June – “Look What Love Built,” a song about Linda and Millard Fuller, written and sung by Jamie O’Neal, premièred on CMT “Unsung Heroes” series.
September – Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund selected The Fuller Center for Housing for a $100,000 grant to build two houses for hurricane evacuees.
LeRoy Troyer of South Bend, Ind. (former HFHI board member) elected chair of FCH board.
First “Millard and Linda Fuller Blitz Build” held in Allendale neighborhood of Shreveport, La. Ten houses were built from foundation up and completed in six days. Most homeowners wer
Work starts in Nigeria and Sri Lanka.
December – Volunteer work teams from a number of locations around the US went to Shreveport, La. at various times to build more houses.
Total amount of money raised by Fuller Center – $3 million.