The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure is the single biggest fundraising event for The Fuller Center for Housing’s work — although it has grown to include winter and spring rides in addition to its longer summer rides. It also raises awareness through media coverage, church visits across the nation, and the visibility of our orange-clad riders who are so enthusiastic about the cause.
That enthusiasm sometimes leads to more connections for The Fuller Center for Housing, as is the case with the new Sebago Lakes Region Fuller Center for Housing, our first covenant partner in the state of Maine. Based out of Windham, Maine, while also serving Raymond and Standish, the covenant partner was the result of a man named Bill Turner, who had joined a couple of Bike Adventure rides and fallen in love with the ministry. When his Faith Lutheran Church subsequently discussed what kind of mission work they should undertake, he suggested launching a Fuller Center covenant partner to focus on the region’s many older homes in need of repair, particularly those belonging to seniors.
The Windham Eagle newspaper has an outstanding, detailed article on how Turner and a fellow congregant helped pull together six different organizations and a dozen founding board members to be a positive force in an area some consider a “dead zone” when it comes to such services.