Newsletter Highlights: Upcoming Events

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Dimes for a Difference 

We're kicking off a new spring-inspired campaign next month! With the help of our volunteers, we have converted small birdhouses into collection jars for loose change. Small gifts of loose coins add up to big changes for those living in poverty housing. If you are interested in displaying a birdhouse collection jar at your business or workplace, please contact the office to make arrangements! Stay tuned for more information!

JMU & Wittenberg Spring Break Volunteer Groups

Spring break is right around the corner, March 3-10! This year FCHM will host two groups from James Madison University from Harrisonburg, VA and Wittenberg University from Springfield, Ohio. We love working with college groups during this "alternative" spring break!

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Mary Pinson Spring Floral Workshop

Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 10 from 10am-12pm! Mary Pinson, a well-known floral designer in Middle Georgia, will host a workshop in her studio to benefit FCHM! Design, create, and take home your own floral arrangement alongside Mary and other design enthusiasts.

The workshop fee includes the cost for materials and supplies. Find more details on our Facebook, and reserve your space here

Read more from the February Newsletter here

Newsletter Highlights: Get Involved!

Join Us for a Work Day

Our February Work Days are: Saturday, 2/10 and Saturday, 2/17
2069 Beech Avenue from 9am-12pm
 

Share Your Thoughts

Blight Committee Meeting The next blight committee meeting will be on February 16, at 11:30 a.m., at Macon Area Habitat for Humanity. This is a great space to meet and address the concerns about blight in our community; we hope to see you there!

 

Host a Supply Drive: Paper Products

The FCHM appreciates all the groups who help us keep our cost at a minimum by donating monthly materials and supplies used regularly. Donations of this type help Fuller Center Macon stretch every cent gifted to the organization.  See a full year's schedule of supplies and materials we use regularly at www.fullercentermacon.org.  

Any group can participate, whether a school, church, civic club, book study group or your bridge team.  Products we're collecting in February are paper products.  We use tissues, toilet paper, plates, napkins, paper towels, and cups when volunteers work all day at the work site.  We use zip lock bags to store nails and screws.  March and April Supply Drive will be for Safety Products used on the construction work site and include safety glasses, work gloves, plastic gloves and dust masks. 

Thank you for adopting The Fuller Center Macon and helping us to keep our costs low!

 

Read more from the February Newsletter here

Newsletter Highlights: Napier Heights

Community Meeting

Join us on Saturday, February 10, for the first Napier Heights Community Meeting! This is designed to be a space to get to know the Napier Heights neighborhood, express ideas or concerns, and establish a long-term community group. The meeting will be at 11am at Outreach Mission Church of God, 2140 Montpelier Avenue. 

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One Week Until St. Peter's Group! 

Volunteers with St. Peter's from Elmhurst, Illinois, will be working with FCHM from February 17-24 in the Napier Heights neighborhood! This is St. Peter's third year volunteering with FCHM and we love spending time with this group of hardworking, loving individuals! There will be a potluck dinner Sunday, February 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Echeconnee to welcome the group. All are invited to attend! Bring a covered dish. 

Read more from the February newsletter here

Newsletter Highlights: Recent Events

A Night with Maggie Renfroe

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What a night! The Second Annual FCHM Benefit Concert with Maggie Renfroe and Reid Houghton on Saturday, January 27 was a huge success! Maggie and Reid performed some incredible music for a full house and the crowd loved it!

With your help, we raised a total of $12,267 and over $1,800 in raffle ticket funds alone. The winner of the 50/50 raffle, a member of the Renfroe family, generously donated his prize back to the Fuller Center Macon. Thank you to all who organized, attended, donated, and sponsored this event! If you couldn't make it to the concert, check out this video instead!  

Thank you to our sponsors: Cherokee Brick, GEICO, James-Bates-Brannan-Groover, LLP, McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & CO, Fazoli's Italian, Widner & Associates, & Greg's Georgia Gardens. 

 

Moxie Matters Tour Featuring Dianne Fuller

On January 24, 2018, the Moxie Matters Tour came to Macon, Georgia! The event is co-hosted by Jen Hatmaker and Nichole Nordeman and was "a night of lively conversation and soulful music on wrangling delight out of the mess of life." The event emphasized empowering women and featured FCHM's Executive Director, Dianne Fuller! The interview portion of the event with Dianne was both inspiring and as conversational as talking with a friend. It was great to spread FCHM's name while connecting with the community during this fun-filled evening!

 

Read more from the February Newsletter here.

Mercer Partnership Gives Students Real Life Experience

It's January and school is back in session! Mercer University students Jordan Moore and Erica Duncan are excited to work with the Fuller Center for Housing of Macon during this academic year! Their positions began in August and will continue through early May. Jordan is a junior majoring in Religion. This is her second year with the work-study partnership, interviewing families and assisting with the application process. Erica is a sophomore double-major in Sociology and Spanish. She is the first intern through Mercer's Community Development and Engagement Program and is focusing on Napier Heights revitalization. We're so glad to have them with us!

Newsletter Highlights: Napier Heights

The Fuller Center for Housing Macon is working to revitalize the Napier Heights neighborhood. Check out what's going on over the past few months!

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Getting to Know the Neighborhood Have you seen our volunteers and staff out canvassing the streets of Napier Heights? As we hand out flyers for our upcoming block party, we've also stopped to talk with residents and families. It's been great to get to know the people of Napier Heights! 

Derelict House Torn Down The property at 1231 Holt Avenue, donated to FCHM in 2016, has been demolished! This blighted structure had become unsafe and was an eyesore for the neighborhood. Thank you to Southern Equipment Company and Jeff Surles for their help.

Community Garden Morgan Wright, a Macon resident, has received the Emerging City Champion/880 Cities Grant sponsored by the Knight Foundation to install a community garden in the Napier Heights neighborhood. Community gardens are a great way to "grow" neighborhood pride and educate about healthy, sustainable food choices. More updates will be available soon!  

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Looking for 4-Bedroom Home We are currently looking for a 4-bedroom home in the Napier Heights neighborhood. If anyone knows of a property that FCHM could acquire or have donated, please contact the office at 478-845-8087.

In the Works We have a lot of projects in the preliminary stages, including the establishment of a mini-park, improving crosswalks, getting ownership of derelict houses, and forming a neighborhood association. As always, we welcome and invite community input! 

Newsletter Highlights: #MyGivingStory

#MyGivingStory Contest Update Congratulations! Erica Duncan, who is the Community Development & Marketing Intern at FCHM this academic year, was named a winner for the Spanish division of the #MyGivingStory contest from Giving Tuesday!

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The prize is a grant of $1,500 to the entrant's preferred non-profit - in this case, FCHM! Thank you to everyone who entered their #MyGivingStory, read, and voted! 
You can read Erica's story here, and translated to English here

Read the rest of our January Newsletter here.

VISION, A PLAN WITH ACTION!

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My father-in-law always dreamed big! His dreams were so big that other people would argue with him that his dream could not possibly be done. With determination, hard work and an enthusiasm that defied any negativity, he plotted a course and held steady until the goal was met.

Each day I talk with people who live in deplorable conditions. Ceilings that are falling down from the roof leaking, rotten floors, no heat or hot water, broken windows, and unsafe entry ways are all critical repair needs that low-income homeowners deal with every day but are unable to afford the repair costs.

The Fuller Center Macon is dreaming big! We want to concentrate our work in the Napier Heights community to help revitalize that neighborhood. Ravaged by derelict properties, vacant lots and needed house repairs, this community can be transformed.  Progress will inspire other homeowners to fix up their houses, so while the task seems impossible, it is not!  Jesus once told his disciples, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

The Fuller Center recently interviewed a homeowner several months after they moved in to make sure everything was going well.  Before they moved in, her nature was reserved and anxiety issues kept her from working.  But it was obvious she was a changed person.  Her demeanor was more open, expressive, and joyous.  She informed us that her doctor had approved her returning to work.  She was asked, “We can’t help but notice a difference in your personality.  What happened?”  She said, “Before, when we lived in a crowded home, I didn’t sense my children were happy, but now they are.  And when they are happy, I am happy.  And they are VERY happy.”

This is a bold dream. In order to make our dream a reality, we will need many partners and believers.  We need your prayers because prayer makes a difference.  We need friend-raisers.  Please share what is happening in Napier Heights with your friends.  Pass along this newsletter, or find people who want to receive our newsletter.  We don’t just need funds, we need fund-raisers.  The Fuller Center organizes several fund-raisers each year and volunteers help us make these successful.

Monthly Donors, You are our Heart and Soul

This month the Fuller Center for Housing of Macon honors a special group of friends, our monthly donors. No matter the amount given, their recurring gifts provide a stable monthly income on which we can depend. These friends are the yeast of the organization. They understand the mission and provide a foundation each month upon which we can accomplish the mission of Fuller Center Macon. THANK YOU MONTHLY DONORS

When you join Fuller Center Macon’s Foundation Builders, you join a special and dedicated group of people making a difference each month to provide safe, healthy and affordable housing for middle Georgians. By working together, we can eliminate substandard housing in Napier Heights….and then all of Macon! 

Print and return the information below to The Fuller Center for Housing of Macon, Ga, Inc. P.O. Box 18148, Macon GA 31209, or email Dianne Fuller at dfuller@fullercenter.org

FULLER CENTER BIKE ADVENTURE 2017

SUMMER 2017 BIKE ADVENTURE
DIRT to DC

Love to cycle? Love adventure? Love to make new friends? Well, have we got the deal of a lifetime for you!  Join the Fuller Center Bike Adventure for any leg of the trip, or the entire summer and not only do what you love, but help others while you’re cycling. Along the way, you will change lives by building houses. Partner with the Fuller Center of Macon to collect pledges for your ride and help families right here in middle Georgia. 

So you can have a summer where you, cycle, meet new people, tour the country, help build houses across America, and support safe, healthy and affordable housing in middle Georgia. Our Bike Adventure team leaders like to ask: ”Thirty years from now, will you wish you had spent more time in an office or more time out exploring beautiful countryside, getting your hands dirty and changing the world?”

To register for one of the Bike Adventure Trips or read more information, go to www.fullercenterbikeadventure.org