Fuller Center builds 42nd home in Allendale

By Nicole Blake Johnson
The Shreveport Times

On Tuesday, Yolanda Braziel didn’t have a roof over her head, literally.

Her four-bedroom home she is helping to build in Shreveport’s Allendale neighborhood is taking form quickly and already has walls, a roof and a concrete floor.

The house is one of two being built by The Fuller Center for Housing of Northwest Louisiana and dozens of student volunteers as part of the nonprofit’s fifth anniversary celebration. Since Hurricane Katrina, the organization has built 40 homes in Allendale, but that count will soon be 42. The homes should be finished by May, and there will be a dedication March 20 at the site on Alston Street.

"This is just the beginning," said Executive Director Lee Jeter Sr. "We’re starting in Allendale, but we’re going to duplicate what we’re doing in Allendale across northwest Louisiana, across Shreveport, Bossier, Cedar Grove, Queensborough and Mooretown."

About The Homeowners

Name: Yolanda Braziel
Age: 40
Occupation: Cook/Manager
Motto: "Tragedies are a common fate. Through it all God never saw fit to let none of these things be for me."
In her words: As a single parent of seven, I never thought that I would be able to begin to own a used home, let alone a new home.

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