One Great Hour of Sharing has turned into one great boost for The Fuller Center for Housing’s Superstorm Sandy recovery work in Atlantic City, N.J.
One Great Hour of Sharing is the refugee, relief and development offering of the United Church of Christ and recently gave $25,000 to The Fuller Center to use toward construction costs associated with the 2013 Millard Fuller Legacy Build that will bring more than 200 volunteers to Atlantic City April 28-May 3 to work on about 20 homes damaged by flooding from Superstorm Sandy last fall.
“I think we are clear about The Fuller Center and its reputation,” said Florence Coppola, executive for the UCC’s National Disaster Ministries. “(The Fuller Center) is reliable and also a good partner. And I know that the money will be put to good use. We are obviously, from our side, wanting to be good partners also in this adventure. And it’s recognizing the overwhelming needs in Atlantic City, which is the focus of this Legacy Build, and the people who live in poverty all the time — not just because of Hurricane Sandy, knowing that these are people with no way out.”
Fuller Center Director of U.S. Field Operations is quite familiar with One Great Hour of Sharing, the UCC’s annual appeal to support international and domestic disaster response, as well as development in countries outside the United States.
“As a young preacher’s kid, I watched my father’s congregations join with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors in need around the world, helping to provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed,” Lyman-Barner said.
“After visiting families suffering from the Sandy disaster, this is my first time having a chance to put a face and a name to the people who will be helped by this important grant from The United Church of Christ,” he added. “The entire Fuller Center organizations is so grateful for their support during this time of desperate need.”