History – Timeline & Milestones (2008-2013)

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Fuller Center staff 20082008

April – Earth Day Blitz Build in West Virginia (HFH affiliate and FC covenant partner joined forces.

Four new programs added for group-specific involvement with FCH: Faith Builders, Global Builders, RV Builders and Disaster ReBuilders.

First BIKE ADVENTURE covers 3,300 miles from San Diego to Savannah, led by Ryan Iafigliola.

November
November 19-21 –  Third Annual Millard and Linda Fuller Blitz Build in Santa Clara, El Salvador.
FCH is in 20 states and 13 nations (Armenia & Philippines added).

2009 
Memorial Celebration
January – First Covenant Partners Conference held in Suffolk, Va.

February
February 3 – Millard Fuller dies unexpectedly. Buried in unmarked grave at Koinonia near Clarence Jordan’s grave site in accordance with his wishes.

February 4 – Ad hoc meeting of FCH board held at Fuller home following burial. It was strongly affirmed to continue FCH and tentatively appointed David Snell as new president.

March
March 15 – Millard Fuller Memorial Celebration held at New Ebenezer Church in Atlanta. FCH board officially affirms David Snell as new president of FCH.

April
April – Faith Fuller becomes new VP of Communications for FCH. Linda Fuller becomes fully engaged with carrying on the mission of the Fuller Center.
Global Builders in El Salvador
May
May – Launch of $1 Million for Millard campaign utilizing Stanley’s $500,000 matching grant. $1 million goal reached prior to Aug. 30 deadline.

July
July 10–August 16 – 1,300-mile BIKE ADVENTURE (Benton Harbor, Mich. to Florida Gulf Coast) led by FCH Director of Special Programs Ryan Iafigliola with goals to raise awareness about the FCH as well as $200,000.
August
Aug. 30 – Millard Fuller Legacy Build Kick-off Celebration held at Community Center SportsPlex in Lanett, Ala. with President Jimmy Carter and Morris Dees as keynote speakers.

Aug. 31–Sept. 4 – Inaugural Millard Fuller Legacy Build, Lanett, Ala. and West Point, Ga.

2010

January
Fuller Center begins work in HaitiJan. 15-16 – Second Covenant Partner Conference held in Shreveport, La. Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Fuller Center announces intention of building $3,000 homes.

February
February 3 – Remembering Millard events held in honor of Millard Fuller one year after his death, including Fuller Center staff build day in Americus, Ga.

March
March 15-27 – 5th Anniversary Build – More than 100 volunteers gathered at three covenant partner locations in Louisiana to work on five new homes.

June
June 20 – August 8 – 3rd annual Bike Adventure from Niagara Falls to New Orleans raises $136,000.

September
September 3-11 – 2nd annual Millard Fuller Legacy Build held in Indianapolis, Ind.

2011

January
January 14 – Kimberly Lacy, star of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal: The Block”, becomes an ambassador for The Fuller Center for Housing.

Ginger Ford Habitat for Humanity and The Northshore Fuller Center for Housing merge under The Fuller Center for Housing umbrella as the Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing.

March
Louisville Fuller Center hosts the Derby City Build, renovating and building five homes to start a major revitalization of the Shawnee neighborhood on the West End — a project that continues to thrive today.

April
April 2 – In an emotional homecoming, Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Himan, is handed the keys to a home refurbished by the Northern Virginia Fuller Center for Housing, a home that is completely accessible for the wheelchair-bound veteran who was injured while serving in Afghanistan. The event garners national coverage from Fox News.

June
The fourth annual Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure begins in Seattle after a rough trip through Idaho in which the team’s van crashes. Donors quickly step up to fund the purchase of a new van for the highly successful fundraising Adventure.

Faith Fuller, daughter of Millard and Linda Fuller, steps down after a longer-than-expected stint as Vice President of Communications. She is replaced by veteran newspaper journalist and writer Chris Johnson, who continues to write a weekly column for the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer.

The Fuller Center of Greater Atlanta puts 400 lawyers to work in a special project with Hands On Atlanta in the Lakewood Heights area.

June 20 – Fuller Center co-founder Linda Fuller marries Paul Degelmann in Americus, Ga.

August

A Fuller Center team, including David Snell, Ryan Iafigliola and Kirk Lyman-Barner, visit operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While there, the team sees some of the first houses built by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1973, when they launched the world’s affordable housing movement in what was then known as Zaire.

August 14 – Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure ends in Washington, D.C., having pushed its four-year fundraising total to more than $500,000.

August 14 – Glen Barton, Vice President for U.S. Field Operations, dies unexpectedly at the age of 61.

August 31 – Kirk Lyman-Barner is named Director of U.S. Field Operations.

September

September 1 – For the first time, The Fuller Center for Housing is a choice for federal employees as they select charities to whom they wish to contribute through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC Member No. 32458)

September 5-9 – “Miracle on St. Paul Street” continues. Returning to the site of the 2010 Millard Fuller Legacy Build in Indianapolis, teams build two new homes and rehab two others.

October

October 17-21 – Eight new homes are built and seven homes receive Greater Blessing repair work during the 2011 Millard Fuller Legacy Build in Minden, La.

December

A team of six men representing The Fuller Center for Housing visit the site of a proposed home-building and peace-building project in North Korea one week before the death of North Korean lead Kim Jong Il. Fuller Center President David Snell puts a hold on work in North Korea until the situation is deemed stable and ready for work to proceed.

The Fuller Center’s Global Builders program reports a record-shattering year with 36 trips and 419 participants.

New covenant partner added in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo, joining Fuller Center’s other DRC partner, Bolomba.

2012

January

Fuller Center launches Save a House/Make a Home initiative to take foreclosed homes deemed “toxic assets” by banks and turn them into homes for families. It’s an initiative that benefits families, banks, communities and the housing market itself.

After years of working in Kankad, Nepal, The Fuller Center dedicates its first home in Trishuli, Nepal.

March

Global Builders program hits 1,000-participant milestone during work trip to Haiti. The nonprofit One Small House partners with The Fuller Center to build first of three new duplexes in Lambi community during trip.

New covenant partner added in Senegal, becoming Fuller Center’s first covenant partnership in a predominantly Muslim country.

March 11-17 – Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure holds its first-ever spring ride, a 400-mile trek down The Natchez Trace Parkway from Nashville, Tenn., to Jackson, Miss.

JUNE

Work begins on the Katy Build in Bossier City, La. The new home build by Asbury United Methodist Church through the Fuller Center of Northwest Louisiana honors a service-minded 16-year-old who was killed in a 2006 car crash.Clarence Jordan and Millard Fuller at Koinonia Farm in 1968.

East Coast leg of 2012 Bicycle Adventure, from Saco, Maine, to Key West, Florida.

JULY

Mercer Service Scholars make first-ever Global Builders trip to India.

July 29 – 100th birthday of Clarence Jordan, the Christian theologian and Koinonia Farm founder who inspired Millard Fuller to launch the Partnership Housing movement.

Bicycle Adventure’s West Coast leg of ride begins in Seattle.

AUGUST

Bicycle Adventure’s West Coast ride ends in San Diego.

Fuller Center of Armenia hits 200-house milestone.

SEPTEMBER

2012 Millard Fuller Legacy Build takes place over two weeks in two locations — La Florida, Peru and McDonough, Ga. Click here for complete coverage.

OCTOBER

Ginger Ford Northshore puts $25,000 grant from Entergy Louisiana to use in weatherization project for 25 homes in one day.

Team from Singapore completes first-ever Global Builders trip to Nepal.

NOVEMBERShane Claiborne

“Fuller Living” becomes first e-book published by Fuller Center. The book edited by President David Snell and Director of Communications Chris Johnson is a collection of 20 inspirational success stories with all proceeds benefiting The Fuller Center for Housing. Click here to order.

Fuller Center for Housing in the New Jersey Pines of Tabernacle, N.J., heads about 45 minutes east to lead recovery effort in Atlantic City after SuperStorm Sandy.

Best-selling Christian author and prominent Red-Letter theologian Shane Claiborne, founder of The Simple Way, brings Fuller Center to Philadelphia with the Simple Homes Fuller Center for Housing.

DECEMBER

Roger Waters, formerly of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame supergroup Pink Floyd, donates $300,000 to build four new Fuller Center homes for veterans in Shreveport in what will become known as the Veterans Build.

2013

JANUARY

Robin Hood Foundation gives $400,000 to bolster Fuller Center’s recovery efforts in Atlantic City.

MARCH

Bicycle Adventure has second annual, weeklong Spring Ride down Natchez Trace.John Mayer

Grants of $250,000 from Robin Hood Foundation and $25,000 from United Church of Christ’s One Great Hour of Sharing boost Fuller Center’s recovery efforts in Atlantic City.

First Global Builders trip to Nicaragua a big success.

APRIL

Multi-Grammy-winner John Mayer shows up with a few lucky contest-winning fans to volunteer at Veterans Build in Shreveport.

April 28-May 2 – More than 20 homes repaired during the 2013 Millard Fuller Legacy Build in Atlantic City, N.J. Click here for complete coverage.

MAY

Generous Fuller Center supporter Dr. Richard Semmler gives $40,000 matching grant to help raise money for 40 Years in Africa Campaign — an effort to raise a total $160,000 to build 40 homes with The Fuller Center’s covenant partners in Africa.

Renowned religious scholar Dr. Robert H. Ayers — at age 95, a Roger Watersone-time peer and friend of Clarence Jordan — donates $100,000 to Fuller Center.

JUNE

Four Veterans Build houses funded primarily by a $300,000 donation from former Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters are dedicated in Shreveport, La.

3,700-mile Bicycle Adventure launches in Savannah, Ga., en route to Vancouver, Canada.

Ginger Ford Northshore hosts 170 youths from World Changers, who tackle 16 repair projects in a single week.

JULY

U.S. Builders program reports a record year of service through volunteer teams dispatched to Fuller Center covenant partners across the nation. Overall, covenant partners hosted 126 teams involving 3,577 volunteers contributing more than 104,000 of service hours.

AUGUST

Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure completes its 3,700-mile ride from Savannah to Vancouver, B.C., marking the first time the Bicycle Adventure has trekked out of the country. At the conclusion, a new covenant partner is formed on Vancouver Island with the First Nations native population. It is the Fuller Center’s first Canadian covenant partner.Mercer basketball players celebrate with local villagers at the end of their Global Builders trip to Ghana.

The Mercer University women’s basketball team completes a groundbreaking first Global Builders trip to Ghana. Director of Communications Chris Johnson documents the final week of the journey in a special report with photos, video and story.

SEPTEMBER

Fuller Center surpasses 100-house mark in Haiti and finishes the month with a total of 110 new homes in Haiti built since the 2010 earthquake. Read more.

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia opens the Millard and Linda Fuller papers and Fuller Center for Housing records for public viewing and research. They are now open for research from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, you can call the library at 706-542-7123.

OCTOBER

Aaron Carmichael joins Fuller Center as Chief Development Officer.

Fuller Center Armenia announces an initiative — “Honoring 100 Years by Saving 100 Families — to build and renovate 100 homes between now and December 2015 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Fuller Center dedicates its 20th home in India.

DECEMBER

The Global Builders program reports a record calendar year, reaching new heights with 548 participants (up 17 percent over 2012), 46 trips (up 18 percent), $304,769 in project donations (up 14 percent) and nine countries served (up from six countries).

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