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Fuller Center aids those in need of a home

Noelle Leavitt Riley
The Fuller Center has an annual Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure where volunteers bike across the nation, stopping at various cities to work on homes. Last summer, Craig was a stop for the adventure. Neil Folks stands with a group of enthusiastic volunteers.
Noelle Leavitt Riley

When times are tough financially, it’s not easy to become a homeowner.

Imagine having an opportunity to own a home interest-free when you’re down on your luck.

Thanks to the Fuller Center for Housing, such dreams come true not only for families across the globe but also those in need right here in the giving town of Craig.

“We have several young families that are having a hard time with the economy and a hard time with ownership,” said Neil Folks, president for Moffat County Fuller Center. “It gives them a chance to get back on their feet.”

The Fuller Center is a 501©3 and was started by Millard Fuller who was one of the founding fathers of Habitat for Humanity. The mission of the Fuller Center is based around Christianity and “faith in action.”

“Building and restoring homes around the world for people in need, the Fuller Center seeks to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ with action — lifting families out of poverty by lifting them out of poverty housing. An ecumenical Christian organization, the Fuller Center welcomes volunteers and supporters of all faiths and backgrounds who share the belief that every child should have a decent place to call home,” states the Fuller Center brochure.

The organization follows the biblical saying that “if you lend money to the poor, don’t charge interest,” Exodus 22:25.

That’s exactly how the nonprofit aids those in need across the globe.

A Craig branch of the Fuller Center started six years ago and was the first covenant in Colorado, said Vicki Burns, treasurer and secretary for Moffat County Fuller Center.

Craig volunteers have provided housing to those in need through three homes in the city — one of which was used for Habitat for Humanity until the organization changed its policy, only aiding cities that have 15,000 or more people.

That’s when Craig volunteers looked into creating a local covenant of the Fuller Center, as it doesn’t have the same restrictions as Habitat for Humanity.

Craig has completed one home that has helped yield better financial situations for community members, and the organization is in the process of building another home.

Basically, if a family wants to get into a Fuller Center home, they have to go through the application process and work a minimum of 300 volunteer hours on the home they’re purchasing. They then get to purchase a home with an interest-free mortgage.

The organization also has a Greater Blessings program that helps the disabled, veterans and senior citizens.

“There’s a lot going on with the Fuller Center right now,” Folks said.

The Craig covenant currently is looking for new community volunteers.

“There’s a wide range of volunteer opportunities,” Burns said, highlighting that the organization needs help with building, construction, carpentry, painting or simply delivering lunch to those working on the house.

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Neil Folks at 970-326-8726.

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