A Fuller Center Global Builders team from St. John Armenian Church of Greater Detroit marked an impressive milestone as they have completed their 20th sponsored home with the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia — building in partnership with the Smbatyan family in the Shatin village of the Vayots Dzor region, a family that has been longing for a decent home for more than 16 years.
But St. John’s own 20-home milestone is further magnified as this project also marks the 500th home built by The Fuller Center of Armenia.
“What an outstanding group of dedicated souls!” — Fuller Center President David Snell
Fuller Center for Housing Armenia was registered in 2008 with the goal of helping families move out of metal containers (“domiks”), half-built homes and temporary shelters and into simple, decent houses.
Fuller Center Armenia offers special thanks to veteran team leader Jackie Melkonian Elchemmas, who has been leading Global Builders teams to Armenia for eight years and is again leading this group from St. John.
Fuller Center for Housing President David Snell congratulated Fuller Center Armenia from his office at the international headquarters in Americus, Ga. He will be able to congratulate the team in person next month at the international portion of the 2016 Millard Fuller Legacy Build, where he and other volunteers will help build homes for 12 families.
“My wife Sheilla and I are heading to Armenia next month to help build their 500th house,” he said Tuesday. “Oops! Too late. They already got it done. What an outstanding group of dedicated souls. If we hurry we might get to help build their 600th!”