WKTV-TV reports on Bicycle Adventure’s stop in Herkimer, New York

WKTV-TV reports on Bicycle Adventure’s stop in Herkimer, New York

WKTV-TV caught up with one of our Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s summer rides as it made a stop in Herkimer, New York, where they stayed overnight Monday at First United Methodist Church. This group started in Oregon and will finish their route Saturday in Maine. The other group began in Ocean City, California, and will finish this weekend in Ocean City, New Jersey. You can view WKTV’s report below:

Catholic News Service: The Fuller experience of helping in Puerto Rico

Catholic News Service: The Fuller experience of helping in Puerto Rico

The Catholic News Service has an extensive new report on a team of 18 volunteers from St. Francis Builds, a program based in St. Camillus Catholic Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, who recently spent a week working with The Fuller Center for Housing’s new covenant partner in Puerto Rico through the Global Builders program. The group worked in the town of Maunabo’s Calzada sector, which was not evacuated before it bore the brunt of Hurricane Maria last year. In the story, volunteers talk about their experience helping hurricane victims repair their homes, and The Fuller Center’s local leaders in Maunabo talk about how they made a connection with The Fuller Center’s ministry.

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More newspapers catch up with cyclists as summer rides near their end

More newspapers catch up with cyclists as summer rides near their end

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s two summer rides — one from Ocean Beach, Calif., to Ocean City, N.J., and the other from Portland, Ore., to Portland, Maine — will conclude this weekend. Each of the rides is helping spread the word about The Fuller Center’s work through its church visits, build days and speaking with media representatives. Among recent reports is this one on the Port to Port Ride from The Norwalk Reflector, as well as this one on the Ocean to Ocean Ride from The Allied News. If you would like to know more about The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure’s current and upcoming rides — including the Dirt to D.C. Ride that begins September 14 — visit FullerCenterBikeAdventure.org.

WDTN-TV reports on Bicycle Adventure build day in Springfield, Ohio

WDTN-TV reports on Bicycle Adventure build day in Springfield, Ohio

Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure cyclists’ primary missions during their cross-country summer rides are to raise money for The Fuller Center’s work of building and repairing homes around the world and, also, to introduce and explain how the ministry works to people, churches and others along the way. Along the way, they also get to participate in several build days with Fuller Center covenant partners, including the Clark County Fuller Center for Housing in Springfield, Ohio, where WDTN-TV of Dayton caught up with the riders Tuesday for this report:

More coverage in the Springfield News-Sun

New home a sign of more good things to come in McComb, Mississippi

New home a sign of more good things to come in McComb, Mississippi

The newly forming Pike County Fuller Center for Housing, a former Habitat for Humanity affiliate, is hard at work on its first new home as a Fuller Center partner, under whose umbrella the house is expected to be dedicated in the fall of this year with volunteers on site every weekend until then as weather permits. The Enterprise Journal reports on this project here.

California church helps Thai family move from “house with one wall” to decent home

California church helps Thai family move from “house with one wall” to decent home

Toward the end of their workweek on a Fuller Center Global Builders trip to Thailand in January, volunteers from Berkeley, California’s First Presbyterian Church were asked if they had ever seen a house with one wall. The team, led by Tim Buscheck, was intrigued.

The house belonged to an electrician named Jareorn, who had performed work on several Fuller Center homes in Lampang. In his early 50s, he lived there with his mother, Boonma, who is in her early 70s.

What the team saw when they arrived at Jareorn’s house was indeed a structure with just one wall. It did have a solid roof held up by strong posts, but its floors were dirt, and there was just one partial solid wall. In lieu of walls in other areas were woven bamboo and other screen materials. Sleeping areas were protected by mosquito nets.

Though Jareorn’s income as an electrician is modest, it was enough to qualify for a Fuller Center home. The challenge, though, would be securing funds to quickly build a new home. Fortunately, upon returning home Buscheck’s team enlisted help from their First Presbyterian Church family and raised the funds needs for a simple, decent home — with four solid outside walls.

In late April, local construction workers who had labored alongside the church volunteers earlier this year started the new home with solid foundations, a concrete slab floor, concrete block walls inside and out, a steel roof frame and corrugated concrete roofing. The outside and inside walls were stuccoed and painted, and the floors all finished in ceramic tile.

The completed new home — with real walls, two bedrooms, a living area, kitchen and indoor bathroom (instead of the outhouse they formerly had) — was dedicated.

“Many deep thanks to all who helped make Jareorn and his mothers new home in Thailand possible in such a short time,” said Boots Walker, a native of Lampang, who started The Fuller Center’s covenant partner there with her husband, Ramsay. “We especially thank the generous friends from and all those associated with First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley.”

RELATED LINK: Volunteer witnesses “expansiveness of God’s love” on Global Builders trip to Thailand (Jan. 2018)

Slideshow of Jareorn and Boonma’s former and new home:

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Macon mom, children and volunteers transform house into like-new home

Macon mom, children and volunteers transform house into like-new home

The Fuller Center for Housing of Macon, Georgia, is leading the way in the city’s effort to reduce blight and help families have simple, decent places to live. The Fuller Center of Macon’s latest project was dedicated on Sunday for a hard-working mother of four children — all of whom took pride in working alongside local volunteers and Fuller Center U.S. Builders teams from out of state to transform another once-blighted house in the Napier Heights area into a beautiful, like-new home. WXGA-TV has this report from dedication day, in addition to the following video from The Fuller Center of Macon.

Ginger Ford Northshore, Disaster ReBuilders team up in Livingston Parish, Louisiana

Ginger Ford Northshore, Disaster ReBuilders team up in Livingston Parish, Louisiana

The Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing and the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders are teaming up to help two families in Livingston Parish, Louisiana — one whose home was devastated in the 2016 floods and another who had been living in substandard housing. The builds began in June, and they hope to have the families in their homes within two months. Volunteers from Quad Area YouthBuild Program and the Livingston Young Professionals are providing a boost to the effort, which began with a large group from Maryland called Dreambuilders, who came on June 18 to raise the walls. KSLA-TV has a new report on the build, featuring an interview with Ginger Ford Northshore Executive Director Tamara Danel that you can see by clicking the link below.

KSLA-TV report