Family, donated home get new lives in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The 12th home dedicated by the Detroit Lakes Area Fuller Center for Housing is different in a few ways from the previous 11 it dedicated before switching from Habitat for Humanity to The Fuller Center’s nonprofit umbrella last year.
For one, it was a donated home that had to be moved and undergo major renovations, yet it managed to keep costs lower than building an entirely new home. It is also the first home that got a boost from a Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure build day, which happened during the 2022 cross-country ride from Oregon to Maine.
But for Robin Nelson and her children Bailey, 11, Preston, 9, and Liam, 5, all that matters is that they now have a home of their own and are no longer struggling to get by in a dilapidated trailer home.
“We’re finally here, we did it, all the hard work paid off,” said Nelson, who spent countless hours not only working alongside volunteers but also learning many new skills that now have her feeling more “self-sufficient.”