Build a house, change a life, fulfill a dream
When Nancy Windham lost her husband to cancer two years ago, she also thought she was losing their dream to build a house.
"It was something we always talked about and tried to save up for," Nancy said. "After he passed, I would look at the building supplies we had gathered and think, 'it's not going to happen now – not with him gone.'"
Nancy has since started the healing process and has come to learn that God has bigger plans.
"My husband and I used to work in ministry," she said. "We were involved in church and if there was something that needed to be done or someone needed help, my husband was there. He had such a way with people and had such a drive. I mainly supported him and the ministry; and I loved it. It feels so good to give and help others.
"But after he passed, I found that I was the one who needed help. And that was more difficult for me to accept because I was use to being on the other end," she continued. "But God is working in me and I'm growing. I'm learning that sometimes the ones who usually do the ministering sometimes need help, too."
Nancy said her pastor told her about the Fuller Center for Housing and suggested she fill out an application.
"So I filled out an application, and when I got it – I was just overwhelmed," Nancy said. "I was so happy to think 'I'm going to see our dream through.' It is also really special that the home I am moving into will be the 50th home built by the Fuller Center (of Webster Parish)."
Nancy, who now works for the Webster Parish Library at the Cotton Valley Branch said help from the Fuller Center is exactly what she needs.
"With the loss of my husband, income is not what it used to be," she said. "But this will allow me to have my own home and live – this organization is opening up a door to a new chapter in my life."
However, that door needs volunteer help to be opened.
Construction of Nancy's home will begin September 27 and residents of northwest Louisiana are asked to assist the Fuller Center of Webster by making not only monetary donations but also by rolling up their sleeves and working on site.
Nancy's home will be located at 251 Stonewood Road, which is located off Ashley Road and can be found by traveling north on Hwy. 371 between Dixie Inn and Cotton Valley. The work schedule is Monday through Saturday each week.