Homeowner Carol Adams reflects on “Miracle on Dover Street” six months later

(Photo: House captain Doug Dewberry presents homeowner partner Carol Adams with a Bible at the dedication of her home on Oct. 3, 2019, at the conclusion of the Millard Fuller Legacy Build in Opelika, Ala.)

The week of September 29-October 4, 2019, saw multiple days of record-breaking heat in Lee County, Alabama, during the Millard Fuller Legacy Build. Carol Adams, though, was feeling something much more powerful than the sun.

“What I remember is that it was really hot but that God was in it,” Adams said this week as she looked back on the build. “You could feel that presence when we were working those days. I just felt the presence of the Lord.”

That Legacy Build began on a Monday with dozens of volunteers ready to build three adjacent Fuller Center homes on Dover Street in Opelika, while hundreds of others were working on eight more throughout Lee County, which had been devastated by an EF-4 tornado earlier in the year. Adams was impressed with the enthusiasm, but she had some doubts about the whole idea of a weeklong blitz.

“As everyone got ready to work, I started thinking, ‘It’s impossible to build a house in one week’,” she recalled. “But now I look back and say, ‘Wow, look at God!’ It was so many people that were there and ready to help make this miracle come true for three families on Dover Street. Volunteers came from near and far to help and you could feel the presence of God’s spirit and love. God is so amazing.”

Adams works at a local nursing home run by East Alabama Medical Center, one of the primary sponsors of the Legacy Build through its Cornerstone Foundation charity arm. She shares this “miracle” home with five children and will never forget the smiles on their faces as they walked through the door of the completed home at the end of the build.

“As the days went by, the impossible became possible,” she remembered. “It was time for the dedication — look what God has done in just one week. On Dover Street, a miracle was performed. The house has now turned into a home.”

Adams is especially thankful for her house captain Doug Dewberry, Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project Executive Director Kim Roberts, Cornerstone’s Lisa Ruffin, and EAMC’s Laura Eason and Laura Grill. But she knows it is impossible to name everyone who made her new home possible and enabled her “Miracle on Dover Street” to become a reality.

“There were so many people involved in making this miracle possible,” she said. “I thank everyone so much. I am so grateful for everyone that made this happen and come true for me. Thank you so much.”


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