VIDEO: Anush takes you on a tour of her family’s new home in Armenia

VIDEO: Anush takes you on a tour of her family’s new home in Armenia

 

After spending virtually her entire life in a shipping container that was supposed to be only a “temporary” shelter after a massive earthquake struck Armenia in 1988, Anush is thrilled to have a beautiful new home for her family in the Lori region’s Darpas village. Speaking in English, Anush takes us on a tour of her family’s new home and expresses her gratitude.

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Rising music star Rayla a Fuller Center volunteer and supporter

Rising music star Rayla a Fuller Center volunteer and supporter

Rayla, 17, is a popular music performer from New Jersey whose most recent hit “LNT” is one of the most popular songs making the rounds on Radio Disney. Next year, she’ll be on tour across opening for 4th Ave. But as she notes in this recent exclusive interview with BSCKids, she also has a passion for helping families have simple, decent places to live — something she has done the past two years working on Fuller Center for Housing projects in West Virginia. “The Fuller Center does such amazing work around the country,” she says in the piece. “It is amazing to watch the house come together and know we all are working together to help a family build a better life.” To read the complete interview with Rayla, click the link below and you can learn more about her on her Twitter, InstaGram and Facebook pages.

BCSKIDS interview with rayla

Busy Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project dedicates houses 41 and 42

Busy Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project dedicates houses 41 and 42

(Photo: Tiffany Roberts, who is battling cancer while raising 9-year-old son Elijah, rejoices after the Bible presentation during the dedication of her new Fuller Center home Friday in Valley, Alabama.)

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At the dedication of the Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project’s 41st new home build in Valley, Alabama, on Friday, CFCP President Curt Johnson reminded the many supporters in attendance that Millard Fuller would be proud of their success but also would remind them that this is no time for complacency. Two hours later, a few miles away in West Point, Georgia, Johnson would echo that theme along with CFCP founder Bill Scott and Executive Director Kim Roberts during the dedication of the CFCP’s 42nd new home build. For complete coverage of each dedication, click here to read the thorough report from the Valley Times-News.

VIDEO: Carmen and Rodney Lott were the CFCP’s homeowner partners for house No. 40 in June. They weren’t able to make Friday’s dedications because Rodney was volunteering to run the ReUse Store in Lanett, Alabama, which raises money for the CFCP’s work. Rodney was able to take a moment to talk about how their lives have changed and how God doesn’t need us … “He wants us!”

Armenian family to get new home after three decades in shipping container

Armenian family to get new home after three decades in shipping container

After a devastating earthquake rocked the historic land of Armenia in 1988, thousands of families were provided temporary shelter by the Soviet Union in the form of empty metal shipping containers known as domiks. Unfortunately, many of those shelters were far from temporary and thousands still live in them following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Many of the families with whom The Fuller Center works in Armenia are domik dwellers — including the Bejanyan family living the village of Koti. Living about a mile from the border with Azerbaijan, with whom Armenia has a history of armed conflict. Not only has the Bejanyan family had to endure living in a container for more than 30 years, but it is riddled with bullet holes fired from across the border. At last, the Bejanyans will have a safe, new home, thanks to the Fuller Center of Armenia’s partnership with VivaCell-MTS. You can read their story below:

panorama armenia story

Volunteers raising two new houses near Millard Fuller’s hometown

Volunteers raising two new houses near Millard Fuller’s hometown

Fuller Center for Housing founder Millard Fuller was born and raised in Lanett, Alabama. Adjacent to that city are Valley, Alabama, and West Point, Georgia. Two new houses are going up in each of those communities with work having started this month and completion slated for next month. Dozens of volunteers in Valley from First Baptist Church of Valley and New Birth Ministries needed only two days to raise the walls and get Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project’s 41st new house dried in. Meanwhile, the slab is being poured today in West Point on the CFCP’s 42nd new home, with Mayor Steve Tramell serving as the house captain when he leads a crew of volunteers from Norboard and Knauf as they dry in that home later this week. For the complete report by the Valley Times-News, click below:

Valley Times-News report

WLKY reports from three-home blitz build in Louisville’s West End area

WLKY reports from three-home blitz build in Louisville’s West End area

WLKY-TV dispatched reporter Stephon Dingle to the West End of Louisville to capture the flurry of activity where three new homes are going up. He also got a chance to speak with one of the homeowners, Brianna Carey, who talked about the exciting changes ahead for her family and about the sweat equity and training involved in becoming a Fuller Center homeowner. See the complete report at the link below:

WLKY video and report

David Snell shares perspectives from world travels in “The Tattered Passport”

David Snell shares perspectives from world travels in “The Tattered Passport”

(Photo: David Snell with friends in Bolomba — a jungle village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he has a “street” named for him.)

Fuller Center President David Snell’s travels in this affordable housing ministry have given him an opportunity to see the world as very few do. He has realized an early dream to see exotic Nepal, visited some of the world’s oldest Christian churches in Armenia, journeyed into the heart of the Congo jungle and witnessed life inside reclusive North Korea … a few times.

During his visits to these and other countries around the world, David has kept journals — both to make sure he never forgot the unique experiences and to occupy his time during breaks in the action. As others at The Fuller Center heard some of his stories, someone finally said, “You should write this stuff down.”

“Actually, I have,” he said.

We convinced David that these rare perspectives were too good for him to keep to himself and that he needed to share. So, we’ve taken many of those journal entries and turned them into a paperback book that you can order exclusively on Amazon.com at this link. Proceeds from the $15 purchase price go to The Fuller Center’s work of offering a hand-up to families around the world who need simple, decent places to live.

In it, you’ll see North Korea, Nepal, El Salvador, Peru, Haiti, Nigeria, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Armenia, and Nicaragua through his eyes. From traveling in rattling hand-me-down Soviet-era planes to eating things most Americans could not imagine, David gives us a unique look into places you can only truly get to know off the well-trodden tourist paths. One of the primary takeaways from his travels is that once you break down barriers and get governments out of the way, you find that people have more similarities than differences.

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Two-home project brings two Fuller Center groups together in Louisiana

Two-home project brings two Fuller Center groups together in Louisiana

The Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing and The Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders have been teaming up this summer on a pair of new home builds in Livingston Parish, Louisiana. The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has a report on the projects that should be complete in a few weeks.

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