Cyclists raise funds to help with housing
July 12, 2008
Bicyclists for The Fuller Center for Housing trekked through Lamar this week on their trip to raise $100,000 for the organization.
The riders are traveling from San Diego, Calif. to Savannah, Ga. and are hoping to raise the funds for the center in order to help with building and fixing homes.
Sunday evening the group arrived in Lamar and stayed the night at Calvary Baptist Church, with Pastor Jeff Alexander hosting them at the church.
Alexander commented that this was a “great group of kids” and this was a valuable organization.
There are eight riders in all that are making the entire trip from San Diego to Savannah and there were nine riders total traveling through Lamar.
Group organizer Ryan Iafigliola said that there have been bicyclists that have joined up with them for only part of the trip. He said the multi-state journey is open to anyone to join in. The group organizer said each member raised close to $4,000 before they even left and the group has raised close to $60,000 in total so far.
He said part of the biking trip is to “spread the word.”
“No one knows what the Fuller Center is,” said Iafigliola. He commented that they wanted to tell people about the organization and what it does to help people.
The Fuller Center for Housing is a Christian ministry that helps anyone in need and often churches in communities will come together through the organization and help people with needed home repairs and to share the love of Christ, said Iafigliola.
Iafigliola said they call it the “greater blessings program.” It is a program based on giving and donations and once they help someone in need by fixing up their home, they ask recipients to pay it forward. Iafigliola said they will sit down with the families and discuss the improvements made to their homes and see what they can do to pay it forward so someone else in need can be assisted. They will discuss the amount it cost to do their home repairs and try to come up with a pledge plan where they can give back over a period of time. It may be over a period of a few years but the funds they give back each month will be passed along so others will be assisted.
“That is between them and God, it is expected but optional,” said the group organizer.
He said their plan with fixing homes is to do needed repairs.
“We want to help people and make it a livable, decent, healthy home,” said Iafigliola.
The bikers continued on their trip Monday morning, heading out to Kansas as they make their way to the Atlantic by August 7.
The organization was founded by Millard D. Fuller, who also founded Habitat for Humanity.