There are people in your own backyard without adequate housing.
You don't have to travel far to make a positive difference in someone's life...
the Fuller Center for Housing seeks to improve living conditions by helping those people to help themselves.
HOW WE GOT STARTED IN HENRY COUNTY
Project McDonough started when concerned McDonough citizen, Mark Galey (President of the Atlanta Fuller Center) reached out to Shane Persaud (local Architect), and other community leaders. Since then, the program has repaired and remodeled over 35 homes for deserving families in Henry County, Georgia.
By working alongside volunteers and repaying construction costs on terms they can handle, homeowners like Mrs. Miller are able to regain a sense of basic human dignity. If you found yourself in a similar, unfortunate situation, wouldn't you want someone to offer you a helping hand?
Millard Fuller - 1935-2009
Millard Fuller was the founder and former president of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). His 29-year leadership, beginning in 1976, forged Habitat into a worldwide Christian housing ministry, building 200,000 homes with projects in 100 countries.
He passed away on Feb. 3, 2009 at the age of 74. He was laid to rest at Koinonia Farm in Americus, Ga., the birthplace of Habitat and The Fuller Center, and the home of his former mentor, Clarence Jordan.
"I see life as both a gift and a responsibility. My responsibility is to use what God has given me to help His people in need." - Millard Fuller
"I don’t think it's an exaggeration to say that Millard Fuller has literally revolutionized the concept of philanthropy." - Former President Bill Clinton.
For more information on Millard, Linda and the Fuller Center for Housing, Inc. please visit www.fullercenter.org
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It began with members of Wesley Way United Methodist Church who participated on a smaller project with The Fuller Center in 2008, and were eager to get involved again. The word began to spread quickly through the community. Participation from the Mayor’s Office, Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, along with other churches, organizations, businesses and volunteers from the community all contributed to the ongoing success of Project McDonough.
The project started out with some planned renovations to Mrs. Miller’s home on Old Griffin Road and a few others on Lemon Place, but quickly rippled to a total of 17 projects with approximately 150 volunteers during a three-day home repair event in June. The central location for Project McDonough has started in the Blacksville community with projects on Old Griffin Road, Lemon Place, George W. Lemon Drive, and King Boulevard in McDonough. Home repairs are assessed based upon needs, which have included roofing, painting, gutter repair, window repair, railing & wheelchair ramp repairs, yard clean-up and light landscaping.
In the case of Mrs. Miller’s home, the scope was much more involved and included the rebuilding of the front and rear porches, roof repair, replacement of flooring, ceilings , a new kitchen, new bathroom fixtures, new HVAC system – just to list a few.