New home for the holidays “still feels like a dream” in Craig, Colorado

New home for the holidays “still feels like a dream” in Craig, Colorado

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Lidia Mendoza and her 2-year-old daughter Alalea in Craig, Colorado, as they cut the ribbon Wednesday on their new Fuller Center home with snowflakes falling around them and a Christmas tree set up inside. It’s the second house built by the Moffatt County Fuller Center for Housing, which now will turn its attention to making repairs for existing homeowners through The Fuller Center’s Greater Blessing Program.

The Craig Press has a complete report on the dedication at this link.

Millard Fuller Legacy Build, annual conference both coming to Americus in April

Millard Fuller Legacy Build, annual conference both coming to Americus in April

(Photo: First United Methodist Church of Americus)

For the first time, The Fuller Center for Housing’s Millard Fuller Legacy Build will be held in Americus, Georgia. The build, featuring new home builds and rehab projects is the week of April 15-20, 2018. The Americus-Sumter Fuller Center for Housing will be coordinating the build.

But that’s not the only first coming to Americus in April: The Legacy Build will conclude as The Fuller Center’s Annual Conference begins — with the two events merging for the first time on Friday, April 20. On that day, the annual conference will begin at 1 p.m. at host First United Methodist Church before attendees join Legacy Build volunteers for house dedications in the afternoon. That evening, both Legacy Build volunteers and conference attendees — including some people involved in both events — will join together again for a 5 p.m. social hour and a 6 p.m. dinner at historic Koinonia Farm.

“Millard used to say that while the Northeast has beautiful fall foliage and the West Coast has sunny skies and beaches, Americus has April,” Fuller Center President David Snell said. “It’s a glorious month, and it will be even more glorious with the two great events that will be hosted here. It will be one great family reunion! Start making plans now to join us for either or both — the Legacy Build, April 15-20, the Conference on the 20th and 21st. I’ll look forward to seeing you here!”

Fuller Center Director of Communications Chris Johnson added that the idea of joining the two events was spurred by a four-day build that preceded The Fuller Center’s Annual Conference in Hammond, Louisiana, in April of 2017.

“Our partners there had a very successful Higher Ground on the Bayou flood repair blitz over the four days before the conference, and it provided a lot of enthusiasm and momentum heading into the sessions,” Johnson said. “It also put the learning of the conference into a very tangible context for those who attended both. We expect the same to happen in Americus, and we expect plenty of folks will want to be part of both events.”

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We are looking for partners to help Puerto Rico recover over the long haul

We are looking for partners to help Puerto Rico recover over the long haul

Note: If you are interested in possibly volunteering
to help rebuild homes in Puerto Rico in the future,
please click here to take our survey.

 

 
A message from Fuller Center President David Snell about plans for working in Puerto Rico:
 
I’ve been asked whether The Fuller Center for Housing has plans for helping our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico. The short answer is, yes, we hope to play a major role in the rebuilding of homes once the island transitions from immediate disaster relief to long-term disaster recovery.
 
Because we did not have an established partner in Puerto Rico before Hurricane Maria, we are in discussions with potential partners about how we can best help on the island. 
 
If you have a connection with a denomination’s disaster outreach arm or a like-minded group with an established presence on the island that might be interested in partnering with us, please let me know. You can email me, Fuller Center President David Snell, at dsnell@fullercenter.org or call 229-924-2900. 
 
We believe that our long-term recovery efforts in Puerto Rico would look much like our work in Haiti. We began working in Haiti months after the devastating January 2010 earthquake, once disaster relief groups had the emergency under control. Our work there continues to grow, and we have built more than 200 safe, permanent homes in the country. With the right partners, we can do even more in Puerto Rico.
 
Another question I’ve been asked: “Will you be sending volunteer teams to Puerto Rico?”
 
Any Fuller Center efforts in Puerto Rico will almost certainly have a volunteer component. Until we have a partner or our own presence on the ground, though, we will not have specifics to offer. However, if you would be interested in volunteering with The Fuller Center to help families rebuild, please fill out the short survey linked below to let us know. We will be in touch with you as plans develop.
 
 
Thank you for supporting The Fuller Center for Housing, and please keep those affected by this year’s devastating hurricane season in your prayers.
 
Sincerely,
David Snell, President, The Fuller Center for Housing

Latest TV, newspaper reports from the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure

Latest TV, newspaper reports from the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s East Coast ride from Maine to Key West began on Saturday, while the cross-country ride is currently in Louisiana on its way from San Francisco to Savannah (where the two rides will meet for a celebration next month).

KTLA-TV caught up with the riders in Shreveport for this piece.

The Lawton Constitution had this recent report on the group’s visit.

 

KSWO-TV catches up with Bicycle Adventure during stop in Lawton, Oklahoma

KSWO-TV catches up with Bicycle Adventure during stop in Lawton, Oklahoma

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s cross-country ride is on its way from Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, to Atoka, Oklahoma, today — a fairly lonely 82-mile stretch of its fundraising and awareness ride. But KSWO caught up with the riders over the weekend in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Click here to view KSWO’s complete report.

Dad sees late daughter’s love for God live on through new Fuller Center home

Dad sees late daughter’s love for God live on through new Fuller Center home

(Bossier Press-Tribune photo) Bryan Reed (left) helps assemble pieces that will become the Molly Reed home. The house is being built in memory of his daughter, who was killed in a car accident more than a decade ago.

Molly Reed was just 15 when she died in an automobile accident with friends Katy Watkins and Emily Perdue in 2006. Now, her father is working with The Fuller Center and church partners to build a home for a Bossier City, Louisiana, family in her memory. It’s in the same area where two Fuller Center houses already have been in memory of Katy Watkins, while another is planned in honor of Emily Perdue.

“The exciting thing, as Molly’s dad, is to know how excited she would be that this is happening,” Bryan Reed tells the Bossier Press-Tribune. “Her desire was to make a difference. It’s amazing what the three girls have done beyond this life and the legacy they have created.”

Complete story here in
the Bossier Press-Tribune

Global Builders program now seeking applications for trip coordinator position

Global Builders program now seeking applications for trip coordinator position

Each year The Fuller Center for Housing’s Global Builders program sends dozens of teams to countries around the world to build homes alongside local laborers and families in need.

From exotic Asian destinations like Nepal, Thailand and Sri Lanka to Africa to closer-to-home nations like Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Bolivia and Peru, our volunteers help families have simple, decent places to live — all while forming or strengthening teamwork skills and seeing the world off the well-trodden tourist paths.

Are you interested in coordinating these trips from our affordable housing ministry’s international headquarters in historic Americus, Georgia? The Fuller Center is accepting applications for a full-time trips coordinator to continue the strong growth of this important program.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for this housing ministry, an appreciation of different cultures, strong organizational skills and a willingness to travel. Trip coordinators get to experience world travel themselves, usually making 2-3 international trips per year. The position comes with a modest salary. The complete list of responsibilities and job description can be found at the link below, from which you also can apply.

trip coordinator posting and
application link at Indeed.com

Family Life Radio’s ‘Vantage Points’ program features Fuller Center’s work

Family Life Radio’s ‘Vantage Points’ program features Fuller Center’s work

Fuller Center for Housing Director of Communications Chris Johnson — pictured above with his friend Iris while working in Las Peñitas, Nicaragua — was interviewed on the Family Life Radio program “Vantage Points” for the May 20, 2017 episode. Below, you can hear the complete discussion with host Calvin Carter, accompanied by related photos of The Fuller Center’s work.