The Joplin Globe has an outstanding feature on 40-year-old Eric Karraker, the latest person to partner with the Joplin Area Fuller Center for Housing, which works in the Missouri area devastated by a massive tornado five years ago.
While Eric may suffer from some disabilities, determination to work hard and caring for others are definitely not among them as The Globe details in this extensive story.
“We never thought he would ever own his own home,” said Eric’s mother, Cindy Karraker, a Spanish teacher at Carl Junction High School. “This is just a miracle.”
Joplin Fuller Center director Randy Crane said the objective is to provide Eric with an energy-efficient home that can be financed over 15 or 20 years with small payments so that it is not an economic burden. His mother said Eric has an independent spirit and has long lived on his own and chooses to make his own way financially.
“We never thought he would ever own his own home. This is just a miracle.” — Cindy Karraker, Eric’s mother
The house is to be built with prefabricated panels supplied by Fuller Center partner CrossRoads Missions and built by members of a church in Memphis, Tenn.
“They wrote on the studs and walls messages of love and hope and Bible verses,” Cindy Karraker said. “Eric read every one of them and took pictures of them.”
Joplin Area Fuller Center Project Coordinator Jackie Jacobs said The Fuller Center’s Director of U.S. Covenant Partner Support — Brenda Barton of the international affordable housing ministry’s headquarters in Americus, Ga. — helped connect the local group with CrossRoads.
The 1,000-square-foot house will have 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, and the interior safe room will double as a laundry room. The Joplin Area Fuller Center for Housing has built four houses and repaired 40 to 50 homes since the Joplin tornado, director Crane said.