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LONG BEACH FAMILY RECEIVES HOME REPAIRS FROM FULLER CENTER FOR HOUSING OF LOS ANGELES – GETTING A HAND FROM LONG BEACH VOLUNTEERS AND DONORS
Fuller Center for Housing of Los Angeles completed its first renovation in Long Beach, and is actively searching for more Family Partners.
LONG BEACH, CA. — On February 28, 2015 – 37 volunteers wrapped up Long Beach’s first repair and renovation on the family home of Irene and Gabriel Villicana with their three children. On March 22, 2015 Fuller Center Executive Director David Howard and Epicenter Church Pastor, Steve Miller, dedicated the Villicana Build in front of a crowd of volunteers and church members, and one church member being so inspired, he offered to pay the first four installments for the building materials.
On Saturday February 28, volunteers gathered together with the Villicana family for a one-day repair and renovation. Along with volunteers from Epicenter Church and Fuller Center, the build received generous support and help from the North American Retail Hardware Association, Behr Paints, Home Depot, Dunkin’ Donuts, Southern California Edison, and Starbucks Coffee.The crew of 37 volunteers accomplished:
- Installed a new pantry in the kitchen;
- Painted the family dining room;
- Repaired and painted hallway walls and trim;
- Installed eight new doors throughout the house;
- Replaced the toilet;
- Repaired and painted walls & trim in the bathroom;
- Renovated the master closet;
- Installed a new master closet;
- Painted the master bedroom.
When asked about her family’s experience with the Fuller Center renovation, Irene said, “My family and I are so very blessed that our paths have met. Who knew there is help out there for struggling homeowners and their families that help restore their homes to better their living conditions. Working with the Fuller Center staff has been great, they are such loving, caring, and patient people. During our project, we were taught how to do certain construction jobs that we never knew how to do. As a family we worked together with staff and volunteers to accomplish a common goal, the project build. It has been an amazing experience for us. We learned many new things, made new friends, and cannot wait to help the next family in need. I cannot thank the Fuller Center enough, we are truly BLESSED!! As the first family, we wish nothing more than many more builds and to continue impacting other people’s lives with their homes.”
“This is Fuller Center LA’s first build in the Long Beach community, and we are looking forward to many more renovations throughout Long Beach and the surrounding areas.” said David Howard. Nancy Wharton, Fuller Center Partner Family Director added, “We are actively seeking new homeowner Partner Families who need overdue repairs. Assistance of the volunteers and expertise from experienced team coordinators makes these repairs possible. We are asking the local churches and service organizations to nominate potential Partner Families.”
For more information, press pictures, and videos about the repairs and dedication ceremony visit the Villicana Build Page.
About The Fuller Center for Housing:
The Fuller Center for Housing is an affordable, housing nonprofit organization working in 64 U.S. cities and 19 nations throughout the world. The organization was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller, who also founded Habitat for Humanity and grew it into the worldwide icon of housing for those in need that it is today. The Los Angeles covenant partner of The Fuller Center for Housing launched in 2014 and operates in the entire Los Angeles/Orange County region.
After leaving Habitat for Humanity, Millard and Linda Fuller chose to start The Fuller Center for Housing in 2005 as a way to continue their vision of a grassroots movement working to eliminate poverty housing worldwide. By forming local partnership organizations, The Fuller Center provides the structure, guidance and support that communities need to build and repair homes for the impoverished among them. The Fuller Center has built or repaired more than 650 houses for low-income families around the world. Visit Fuller Center’s website linked below for more information.
Fuller Center for Housing of Los Angeles: www.FullerCenterLosAngeles.org
Villicana Build Page: http://fullercenterlosangeles.org/all-project-list/villicana-build
Partner Family qualifications: www.FullerCenterLosAngeles.org/programs
Fuller Center for Housing International: www.fullercenter.org
Epicenter Church of Long Beach: www.epicenterchurch.com
Hardware Retailing article: http://www.hardwareretailing.com/nrha-matching-grant-funds-house-renovations