The Programs of Fuller Center Macon
The Fuller Center of Macon engages in two types of programs: Greater Blessings and Save-a-House/Make-a-Home. These programs have a multitude of resulting benefits for the community. After the renovations, the house is not standing empty attracting crime, and the look of the neighborhood is greatly improved. The benefits to the family include: (1) a safe and affordable dwelling; (2) the pride of home ownership; (3) improved school grades for children; and (4) more disposable income for the family.
Greater Blessings Program
The Greater Blessings program makes minor repairs or renovations for individuals and families who cannot afford repairs. Costs for these repairs total less than $4,000. The Fuller Center does not hold a mortgage but gives the family a Greater Blessings box with donation envelopes, asking the family to contribute back to the organization for the cost of the repairs
The Save-a-House/Make-a-Home Program receives donated or foreclosed houses and renovates those houses for low-income families who are not eligible for traditional loans. This program incorporates the principles of assessing no interest on the loan and requiring the family to work on their own house, investing “sweat equity.”
The Projects of Fuller Center Macon
Greater Blessings Projects
Volunteers are helping us repair a home on Boulevard. After dealing with water pouring into their house and water damage on the exterior and interior of their home, the family is grateful to be warm and dry.
Charles’ house off of Houston Avenue began with a very damaged roof, but after being exposed to the weather, much of the interior of the house was damaged as well. Volunteer groups and business partners helped us repair the roof, paint the ceiling and walls, and replace the carpet so that Charles and his family now have a decent, safe, and dry home.
Our very first project in November of 2011 was a good-looking house in Fort Hill. Ms. Ann’s roof was almost rotten through in many places, causing water to damage the attic area and walls of the house. Blue tarps hung on two sides of the roof, covering places where rainwater ran into the house. Professional roofers and volunteers scraped off four layers of roofing material before installing new decking and shingles. No more rain in Ms. Ann’s house.
Our first Save-a-House/Make-a-Home project, which was completed in 2014, was a 1920s home on Birch Street. Donated to the Fuller Center, the house required a new roof, new plumbing and electrical, and complete renovation of the interior. With the help of business partners and many, many volunteers, the house is now a safe, decent home for a family.