The Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing’s busy year continues this Saturday with the dedication of the group’s new house at 1312 Lovett St. in Hammond, La. The public is invited to the 9 a.m. ceremony.
“A hundred-plus volunteers and sponsors have made this house possible,” said Tamara Danel, acting director of Ginger Ford Northshore, which has built one new house and improved 20 others this year in Tangipahoa and Livingstong parishes. “First Presbyterian Church of Hammond, CrossRoads Missions, The Fuller Shop, The Hammond Community Foundation and individual donors provided funding for this house, which was built primarily by volunteers who came from as far away as New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Idaho.
“CrossRoads Missions donated the house frame, which was initially constructed in a church parking lot in New England and then shipped to Hammond along with a check for the roof trusses,” Danel added. “Local volunteers from Hammond Rotary Club, YouthBuild, churches and school groups complete the construction and landscaping on Lovett Street.”
Danel expressed special appreciation to Ryan Fugarino of Premier Construction and Development, LLC, who served as general contractor and consultant on the house; Home Depot of Covington for donating construction supplies; to Sherwin Williams for donating interior paint; to Aaron’s for providing appliances; and to Bracy’s Nursery of Amite, which supplied plants for landscaping.
Sonia Johnson, a single mother of four who is attending nursing school, is the homeowner partner for the house being dedicated Saturday. Like all partners buying new Fuller Center homes, she will make affordable, zero-interest, no-profit mortgage payments into a Fund for Humanity to help other people become homeowners.
“We look forward to handing over the keys to Ms. Sonia Johnson and her children on Saturday as we celebrate delivering another family out of poverty housing into safe, decent, affordable shelter,” Danel said.