Marine went from leading troops to leading home-building efforts in Louisiana

(This is the latest installment of our “Faith in Action” series. If you have a story of how involvement with The Fuller Center has impacted your faith, please let us know at this link.)

Lee Jeter grew up economically disadvantaged in Bossier City, Louisiana, but he was fortunate to grow up in a home that was rich with love — thanks to his single mother who worked two jobs while raising seven children and two nieces.

She instilled in son Lee the values of hard work, faith and determination — values that served him well during 20 years in the United States Marine Corps. Today, he puts those values to work as executive director of The Fuller Center for Housing of Northwest Louisiana in Shreveport and Bossier City — one of the international nonprofit’s most productive covenant partners. And he has led several projects to build homes for veterans in the area.

KTBS-TV featured Lee’s story in a series called “Hometown Patriot,” which you can view below:


  • Hi Chris, I realize this may not be proper channels but I’m contacting you for my mother-in-law (90 yrs old) who lives in Shreveport, Louisiana. She depends on a home care provider during the daytime to fulfill basic needs. Her eldest daughter (66 yrs old) lives with her and takes care of her when she gets home from work. Their home (built in the 70’s) has foundation issues causing large cracks on the interior and exterior. My wife and I live in Ohio. I have repeatedly tried to fix what I can and even had cable locks installed to help the foundation. However, it doesn’t seem to be helping. My mother-in-law is a widow of a retired military officer who served in WWII and Korea. They don’t have the money to fix their home. Except for continued superficial fixes…I’ve done all I can as well. They need help. Fortunately, mom is as healthy as can be expected. She needs a walker or a wheelchair at all times. She has fallen twice but she’s a fighter and worked hard in physical rehab both times to be able to come home. She doesn’t want to go to a nursing home. Her world is her home and the short visits out to go grocery shopping or to meet medical appointments (driven by her daughter). They still owe money on their house…as they borrowed against it without telling me at the time. So, we can’t move her either. I’ve prayed about this and I’m reaching out to you for help. On a missions trip, I helped to build two cinder-block houses in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 and have seen the miracles a team of volunteers can do. Now, I seek your help to make this known to those who decide what projects are undertaken and/or advice. Thanks Steve

    • We work through local covenant partners. Hopefully there is one in your area. You can see our entire list of local partners who do the work here:


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