The Fuller Center’s 5th Anniversary Build was a huge success! Between March 15 and 26, hundreds of volunteers from as far away as California, Idaho, New York and Georgia converged in Louisiana to raise five houses in the state where The Fuller Center started helping families five years ago. The event was the culmination of nearly five years of building efforts that grew out of our response to a housing crisis created by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
See below for stories and photos from each of the three build locations.
In Belle Chasse, just outside of New Orleans, volunteers worked on a Katrina victim’s house. Despite an early rain delay, University of Idaho students found plenty to do by way of neighborhood beautification and cleanup projects, including filling potholes, planting flowers and picking up trash. By the end of the two weeks, the walls were raised on Northshore’s first project.
Two homes were constructed in two different cities. Fuller Center RV Builders finished Minnie’s house in Minden and handed her the keys at the dedication. In Springhill, an experienced construction team from California got a fantastic start to the Page family home, building an energy-efficient, eco-friendly house that will be finished in a couple of months by local volunteers.
Shreveport is where The Fuller Center launched its first building projects in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina and an influx of low-income evacuees. More than 100 volunteers raised the 42nd and 43rd houses built by Northwest FCH.
Even if you weren’t able to volunteer with us this week, you can still honor the Fuller Center’s 5th anniversary.Donate $5, $50 or $500 to ensure that the next five years are even better!
We’re also giving away FREE 5th anniversary celebration buttons. If you would like one or two or three, sign up here and put them on your toolbelt, work hat, T-shirt, etc.! Show your support of The Fuller Center for free.