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It Takes a Village (with help from some wayfarers)

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Wittenberg University Student Volunteers

The week of March 7-12 the Tallahassee Fuller Center partnered with Good News Outreach to assist the residents of Maryland Oaks Crossing. During the weeklong project, volunteers replaced deteriorating skirting around 18 mobile homes and installed mulch in the community’s playground.  Maryland Oaks Crossing is a ministry of Good News that provides single parent families with safe quality rent subsidized housing on the west side of Tallahassee.

Several groups, including 10 students from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio participated. The incredible group of young people visited on a service-oriented Spring Break.  Other groups participating included the Florida A&M and FSU student and alumni chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and congregation members from New Harvest Church of God.

In addition, First Baptist Church of Tallahassee graciously provided lodging to the Wittenberg University students for the entire week, and the Men of Good Shepherd Catholic Church provided a hearty picnic style meal to the students and Fuller Center board members on Tuesday evening.

We would like to extend our grateful appreciation to everyone for their participation.

TFCH-Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity group

Volunteers from Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

TFCH-New Haven Church

New Harvest Church of God Volunteers

Tool Donations Needed

We had an unfortunate occurrence in November when our construction trailer was broken into on a project site.  A large number of our tool inventory was stolen and will require replacement.

If you, your business or your church is interested in assisting us in replacing our tools, with either a financial donation or an in-kind donation, we would be immensely grateful.  Ideally, we need to complete two Greater Blessings Project Tool Boxes.

Each project box would contain the following tools:

Number of Items Item Description
1 Large Rubbermaid storage box
10 Hammers
5 Crow bars
5 Utility knives w/extra blades
20 Pencils
5 Speed squares
1 Carpenter square
3 Tin snips
10 Pair gloves
10 Saftey glasses
10 Dusk masks
10 Sets foam ear plugs
1 First aid kit
1 Regular screwdriver
1 Phillips screwdriver
2 Scraper blades
1 Small level (2′)
1 Large level
1 50′ Extension chord
1 GFCI w/multi plugs
10 Cloth nail aprons
1 Set drill bits
1 Set misc screwdriver tips
1 Crescent wrench
1 Channel lock wrench
1 Vice grips
1 Flashlight
10 Tape measures
1 Roll duct tape
2 Paint brushes
1 Chalk string ling
1 Hacksaw
1 Handsaw
1 Circular power saw
1 Power Sawz-all
1 Corded power drill
2 Cordless power drill
6 Hardhats
2 Extension ladder
2 Step ladder
2 Drywall pan
2 Drywall trowel
4 Saw horses

In addition, we are in need of a compressor, hoses and two nail guns – the largest item that was recently stolen.

If you are willing to help us restore our tool inventory, please contact us at: info@tfch.org for more information.

Autumn 2014 Project Season

United Church of Tallahassee volunteers work on Vivian Cromartie's roof on a cold morning in November

United Church of Tallahassee volunteers work on Vivian Cromartie’s roof on a cold morning in November

The Tallahassee Fuller Center for Housing has had a very busy fall 2014 project season.

In October, volunteers completed several repairs on the home of Keta Monroe in the Chaires community.  Working alongside Keta and members of her family, we installed new steps at both entrances to her home and installed new kitchen cabinets.  We will be returning in the next few weeks to help her install new flooring in the living area of her home.  It is hoped that Keta and her family will be able to move back in to her fire-damaged home soon.

In October and November, volunteers from the United Church of Tallahassee, FSU Habitat and members of Vivian’s church family spent three Saturday’s putting a new roof on the home of Vivian Cromartie in Havana.  In addition to replacing her roof, our volunteer crews also completed interior repairs made necessary by water damage created by the long leaking roof.  Vivian is partially disabled due to having a stroke several years ago, but she is currently working hard and traveling daily to complete her two-year degree at Tallahassee Community College.

Volunteers from  Trinity United Methodist Church, FSU Habitat, United Church of Tallahassee and Good Shepherd Catholic Church worked many Saturdays and weekdays in October and November to replace the roof on the home of Bobby Flowers in Tallahassee.  Although Bobby is partially disabled as a result of a car accident two years ago, he and members of his family will be completing interior repairs to his home following completion of the roof project.

Thank you to all of your dedicated volunteers!  We expect to dedicate all three projects in early January.  As a result of working through our long list of projects over the past several months, TFCH will now be able to once again take applications for assistance early in 2015.

A Greater Blessings Story

 

 

 

Despite all that he has experienced, Lewis Robinson is a man with a deep faith in God, and thus is a patient and thankful man. In 1995, Lewis was struck by a car while jogging. His injuries left him a quadriplegic requiring constant in-home care.  In recent years his older mobile home developed leaks that began to cause interior damage. Surviving on only Social Security and food stamps, he was unable to afford to repair his home. In September 2011 he asked the Tallahassee Fuller Center for Housing for assistance.  While his need was readily apparent, it took us nearly a year to come to his aid. This past summer, Deer Lake United Methodist Church agreed to partner with TFCH to fully fund the replacement of Lewis’ roof.

On September 15th and 22nd, volunteers from the Deer Lake United Methodist Missions Team, TFCH and members of Lewis’ family gathered to lovingly construct a new roof for his home and to modestly improve his landscaping.  At a particularly powerful dedication ceremony, Lewis expressed his love and gratitude to all those who acted as the hands and feet of Christ to help him. Recognizing the spirit of partnership upon which the Greater  Blessings Program is based, and regardless of his meager income, Lewis gratefully offered a $25 monthly gift for one year to help others in need.

 

 

 

The loving spirit of Lewis and all who came together on those pleasant late September days is captured in a short video prepared by Deer Lake United Methodist.  Please take a moment to watch. We are certain that you too will be blessed.

 Click here: http://deerlakeumc.org/media.php?pageID=97

 

Two Major Projects Mark the Beginning of the Fall 2011 Building Season

 
The Tallahassee Fuller Center completed two major projects beginning in the late Summer of 2011.

On four steamy work days in August and September, volunteers from Good Shepherd Catholic Church, United Church of Tallahassee, the Deer Lake United Methodist Youth Group, Holland and Knight Law Firm and Ability First constructed a handicap ramp for Ms. Thelma Harp.  Ms. Harp, who recently has required a walker to get around, has lived in her home on Abraham Street in since 1954.  At the project dedication ceremony on Saturday, November 19, Ms. Harp expressed heart felt gratitude to all those who turned out to help her. 

Ms. Harp watches volunteers complete the construction of her ramp.

 

John Ryor presents a Bible to Ms. Harp at the dedication celebration on November 19th. The Bible was signed by all those present as an affirmation of their love and support of Ms. Harp.

On nearby Alabama Street, a large contingent of volunteers from Bradfordville 1st Baptist Church, FSU Catholic Student Union and Good Shepherd Catholic Church constructed a new roof for Ms. Janie Jiles on Saturday October 1 & 8.  The project was substantially funded by Bradfordville 1st Baptist Church.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who gave of their time and talent on those two beautiful October days.  Ms. Jiles project will be dedicated on December 3rd.  

Bradfordville 1st Baptist volunteer crew removing Ms. Jiles old roof.

 

Volunteers from Catholic Student Union put finishing touches on Ms. Jiles roof.

 

TFCH Celebrates Completion of Three Greater Blessings Projects

The Tallahassee Fuller Center for Housing celebrated the completion of three Greater Blessings Projects recently.

 On September 11, we dedicated the home of Linda Andrew’s on Kittrell Road in Quincy.  The repair project, that included the construction of a handicap ramp, deck repair, siding repair and a fresh coat of exterior paint, was funded by Trinity United Methodist Church and completed in August by volunteers Trinity’s young adult ministry.  The dedication and home blessing was led by Associate Pastor Tony Fotsch.  Linda, a retired Leon County kindergarten teacher, who suffers from multiple health problems, expressed immense gratitude and told us that the help that she received was life-changing.

Also, on September 11, a wheel chair ramp constructed at the home of Mary Horn by the Bradfordville 1st Baptist Church youth group was dedicated.  Mary, who lives on Seminole Circle in Havana, recently had back surgery and suffers from extensive nerve damage in her legs and feet.  The ramp will help Mary greatly following her next round of surgery.  In addition to Mary and members of the TFCH Board, Mary’s daughter and son-in-law were also in attendance at the dedication and home blessing ceremony.

Bradfordville 1st Baptist Youth Group Construct Handicap Ramp for Mary Horn

Mary Horn Project Dedication

The following weekend, on September 19, TFCH held a dedication and home blessing at the home of Diane and Clyde Young, who reside on Doonesbury Way in Tallahassee.  Diane is a full-time caregiver for her disabled 83 year old husband.  Their home required extensive repairs including a new roof, exterior door, siding repair, widening a bathroom door to allow wheelchair access and installation of a bathtub grab bar.  This was truly an ecumenical project, as volunteers from Good Shepherd Catholic Church, FSU Student BuildersBradfordville Baptist Church and Killearn United Methodist Church and Deer Lake United Methodist Church worked on the project that was completed last spring.  Diane led us in prayer and thanksgiving and Fr. Robert Young blessed Diane and Clyde’s home.   In addition to TFCH Board members and project volunteers, members of FSU Student Builders celebrated with the Youngs.

Clyde and Diane Young Project Dedication