"After building eight new houses and rehabilitating seven in October, Fuller Center of Webster has caught its 'second wind,' and has four projects scheduled for completion this year," said Charlie Park executive director of Fuller Center of Webster.
The local housing ministry hosted three teams of college volunteers during March with the students working in Minden and Springhill.
Volunteers from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire; University of Idaho (Moscow, Idaho); and Taylor University from Upland, Indiana contributed to the development of new houses for three more new homeowners.
"Even prior to the arrival of the first college team, an excellent partnership with Lakeside High School resulted in the initial walls being raised for the house located in Minden," Park said. "Then recently, volunteers from the Youth Challenge Program (YCP) at Camp Minden provided valuable assistance in getting the roof decking completed and covering the roof with felt paper."
In efforts to bring the house to its current state of construction, numerous other tasks were performed by YCP.
There are three projects in Springhill presently under way, according to Park.
One house is almost complete while another is just in the rough-in plumbing phase. Another project – also in Springhill – is a rehabilitation of an existing Fuller Center house.
With the previous homeowner choosing to move out of state, Fuller Center of Webster reclaimed the house and is preparing to sell it to another selected homeowner family.
The family chosen for this rehabilitated house has been doing all the work to get the house ready.
"This is to satisfy the requirement for homeowners to accomplish 'sweat equity' in addition to purchasing the house," Park said "Our organization is purchasing all the necessary materials and paying for the professional labor needed. But the vast majority of the labor is being contributed by the homeowner family and their extended family."
According to Park, presently a team of employees from Conoco-Phillips in Minden and a Sunday school class from First Baptist Church of Minden are organizing their volunteers to work on the project in Minden.
Any other group or any individuals wishing to help on any of these projects should call Billy Joiner, construction coordinator, at 268-4079.
"Fuller Center of Webster is still dedicated to helping God's people in need build simple, decent houses in order to get people out of substandard living conditions," Park said.
All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of IRS regulations, and anyone wishing to contribute can send them to P. O. Box 155 in Springhill, LA 71075.