Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center will dedicate the Joe Monistere Build home on Saturday Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m. This home for the Arthur Williams III family be the first new house built under the combined organizations of Ginger Ford Habitat for Humanity and Northshore Fuller Center, which merged last December.
“This is a good time for everyone to see the results of our hard work and to start making donations for the next new house” said Tamara Danel, acting director of Ginger Ford Northshore, who invites and encourages the public to attend as they dedicated the home to the glory of God and to the Williams family.
Located at 42165 S. Billville Road in Pumpkin Center, the house was built primarily by Fuller Center volunteers and the Williams family in memory of Joe Monistere, who served as Construction Manager of Ginger Ford Habitat for Humanity and who was the Certified Building Official for the City of Hammond when he passed away from cancer in 2009.
Construction on the home began in June and involved volunteers from as far away as Sacramento, Calif., and Rochester, N.Y. Local churches including The Well, Trinity Baptist, Jerusalem Baptist and First Presbyterian of Hammond helped with the construction. Other volunteers included members of Theta Phi Alpha sorority, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office inmates, Pam Monistere, A.J. Sommers, Mike Lopiccolo and close members of the Williams family.
Bubba and Ginger Williams and their children put in well over 350 hours of “sweat equity” as they worked along other volunteers and attended First Time Home Buyers classes as required by The Fuller Center for Housing.
The family of six will be moving out of their very small two-bedroom, one-batch house (which was badly damaged by Hurrican Gustav) into the new four-bedroom, three-bath house. An extra bathroom was added to the house for Bubba’s father, Arthur “Hardy” Williams II, who lives with the family. The will be the first time the children will have their own bedrooms.
Funding for building materials was made possible by The Fuller Shop, First Presbyterian Church of Hammond and individual donations. Aaron’s donated the appliances.
The house will be sold to the Williams family with a no-profit, no-interest loan following the biblical mandate “if you lend money to the poor, don’t charge interest” as found in Exodus 22:25. The Fuller Center for Housing which is faith-driven and Christ-centered is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible.
The Board of Directors of Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center invites the public to attend the Dedication Ceremony and walk through the new house.
The next Fuller Center house will be built in partnership with a low-income family in Tangipahoa or Livingston Parish just as soon as enough money has been raised.
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