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The house that Fuller Center built

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — The Fuller Center volunteers built a house, but it’s up to recipient Krystal Rosier and family to make it a home, in the words of Chase Stevens, who worked on the project at Carroll High School.
More than 30 people gathered with Rosier and family to dedicate the new house that first took shape on the grounds of Carroll County High School before being transported north on Main Street to Crestview Drive last summer and finished on site.
Millard Fuller, who founded the Fuller Center for Housing after leaving Habitat for Humanity, had the “theology of the hammer,” local chapter representative Oliver McBride explained at the dedication on Feb. 2, with many supporters standing around the living room walls.
“One’s faith had to be demonstrated in action,” McBride said.

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Many people of faith felt moved to serve by raising funds and working and supplying materials and services for the project, he noted. Churches across the Twin Counties and one as far away as Tazewell gave their time to help.
Businesses that supplied assistance included Grayson National Bank, the Jackson Law Group, Lynchburg Crane, Blue Ridge Paving, Virgil Hall, the Town of Hillsville, Jackson Insurance, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Blue Ridge Concrete Products, Rotenizer Drapery and Carpet and Southern States.
Also helping were Allen Childress; Jeff Reynolds; college students home for Christmas break; church youth groups; and approximately 400 students from Carroll County High School’s building trades, math, drafting and other classes, McBride said.
One of the first efforts made by high school career and technical education classes involved raising $3,000 to build a house in Haiti after a massively destructive earthquake.
The Fuller Center chapter board of directors have worked hard to create this house, “and we’re not finished,” he said. “In the end, it’s just a huge, big thank you from the Fuller Center organization for everything that’s been done.”
Building trades teacher Vance Leggett recounted that fellow teacher Rusty Warren joked that he hadn’t had to do a lesson plan for two years, while their classes constructed the Fuller Center home in two halves from the floor up.
In a way, this is the third home that Carroll high students are responsible for, as Stanley Tools matched the $3,000 to build two houses in Haiti, he said.
Students did more than work on construction lessons at the high school. They learned about applying math, information technology, drafting and working as a group.
As for geometry, he Pythagorean theorem got used over and over, Leggett said.
“My sophomore year basically started a journey,” said Stevens, now a senior, the student representative.
It wasn’t only the students, but teachers and principals, as well.
“It all boils down to us building a house and this family being able to turn it into a home,” he said.
Pastor Ty Harrison presented Rosier with Bibles for the family and Sally Chitwood handed Rosier the keys.
Rosier thanked everybody for all the work they had done for her and her family.