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Fuller Center puts faith in action

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Second family to receive home built by volunteers, funded with donations

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Two sizable donations and the faith of Fuller Center for Housing members has built the foundation for the Carroll County’s organization’s second home project, says Oliver McBride.
A little more than a year after officials with the Fuller Center for Housing - Greater Carroll County Area turned over the keys for the first home to Krystal Rosier, the non-profit has a blueprint to find a second deserving family and raise a second house, McBride said last week.

The housing ministry is inspired by the work of Milliard Fuller, who left Habitat for Humanity to continue to provide decent homes through the Fuller Center. The Carroll chapter is a covenant partner.
“It’s built upon the belief that our faith has to be put to work — if we want people to understand what faith is about and love is about, they have to see it in action… “ McBride said about the ministry.
“There are people who are in need of good and decent housing for their families and it’s important that we have an organization in our community that strives to address that need.”
Two significant contributions —made by the Hillsville Presbyterian Church and an anonymous donor for $15,000 each — preceded the Feb. 27 announcement by the Fuller Center.
Pastor Kevin Campbell explained the $15,000 from the church came through a bequest by the late Harriett Funkhouser.
“Our church gave a contribution of $15,000 to the Fuller Center for Housing kind of as the beginning seed money for the building of another house,” he said.
While McBride expects that’s not enough to complete a whole project, it will allow the organization to “step out in faith” that the other needed items will come in and community volunteers and organizations and churches will get involved, too.
“We’re going to begin believing that the funds and materials will become available,” McBride said. “We won’t wait until we have everything we need.”
Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church has already pledged to make a monthly contribution, McBride said. Monetary donations are important, and there are many other ways to help, such as providing labor and in-kind services, giving materials and praying for the effort’s success.
The Fuller Center officials also need to identify a family that can provide the necessary sweat equity and have the needed income to purchase the home, he said. The chosen family will essentially have a mortgage without interest.
“We do need a site,” McBride added. “We have a couple that are under consideration, but that’s another contribution that someone could potentially make is to offer a lot… a nice, level lot that has access to water and sewer would be just wonderful!”
The board of directors hopes that volunteers who have been going outside the community to get involved in similar projects will decide to participate with the Fuller Center in Carroll County, McBride said.

For more information, contact the Fuller Center for Housing - Greater Carroll County Area, by writing to P.O. Box 1822, Hillsville, VA 24343 or calling (276) 733-2385.