By Trevor Anderson – Published March 18, 2010
Spartanburg Herald Journal
Students from the University of Idaho sacrificed their spring break to make a difference in one local family’s life this week.
A team comprised of 10 students and one adviser arrived in Spartanburg County on Monday to do repair work at the Pacolet home of Terry Mayfield.
The project was facilitated by the Spartanburg office of the Fuller Center for Housing, a non-profit agency that provides support to homeowners, particularly senior citizens, who can’t afford basic home repairs.
Mayfield, who is disabled, lives in the home with his 11-year-old grandson, Preston Boyter, and 10-year-old granddaughter, Victoria Boyter. He said he applied for help about four years ago because he wanted his family to have a decent home.
"This is for my family," Mayfield said. "It wouldn’t be possible without (the students). They have worked really well, and I am overwhelmed by what they’ve done here."
Sharon McFalls, executive director of the Fuller Center’s local office, said her organization funds about 20 projects in the county per year, which require $1,500 to $2,000 in repairs on average.
"It’s a blessing for (Mayfield) and his family, and it’s a blessing for the volunteers," she said. "He’s been on our waiting list for a long time, and we’re happy to be able to help." Continue reading >>