United Church of Christ


 Fuller Center for Housing (Chatttahoochee, Lanett)

Contact: Sharon Tarver-Evans, Registrar for U.S. Builds
               701 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
               Americus, GA  31719
E-Mail:     starver@fullercenter.org
Phone:     229.924.2900    *Fax:  844-645-3485
Website:  http://fullercenter.org/chattahoocheevalley
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/fullercenterproject?fref=ts
Register on-line: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=fullercenter&id=31

The Fuller Center for Housing faith-driven and Christ-centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need worldwide.

Projects/Focus: Building new and repairing existing homes working with families in need.  The exact projects will be determined close to group arrival and based upon the progress of previous accomplishments of our volunteers and available resources.

Educational/Advocacy Components: Each group will receive an orientation about the community they will be serving.  This will include a discussion about poverty housing in the area, and the economic benefit of our “hand up-not a handout” approach and how this builds a Fund for Humanity, recycling homeowner payments to serve other people in need in the community.  Churches  do mission work by empowering the people they serve.

Time:  Spring (March, April, and May)

Group Size:  10-25  Teams will need to include volunteers with construction skills to assist with site supervision.  There is not a full time construction supervisor in Lanett. 

Minimum Age: 18+ years

Accommodations:  Plant City United Methodist Church.  Millard Fuller Legacy Build volunteers and Bike Adventure volunteers enjoy staying here.  Food:  Breakfast will be provided.  Teams prepare their own lunches and dinners.

Cost:  $110 per person

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 Urban Ministry(Birmingham)

Contact:  Danny Jones
               1229 Cotton Avenue SW
               Birmingham, AL 35211
Email:    danny@urban-ministry.org
Phone:   205.781.0517
Fax:       205.781.2011

Urban Ministry:  is a United Methodist mission agency in Birmingham's West End whose mission is to serve poor and low-income persons in the Birmingham area with programs of compassion and wholeness.  "Urban Ministry's zip code (35211) is in the second percentile nationally for median income among all zip codes in the country".  Or one hundred percent of children in the area live below the poverty line.

Project/Focus:  Volunteer groups paint the exteriors of homes for low-income homeowners (typically elderly and/or disabled).
If group members have home repair skils, we can also provide home repair opportunities.

Educational/Advocacy Components: Urban Ministry staff provide structured evening opportunities for reflection and education related to the experiences of the day, poverty, and other issues.  Varied resources are incorporated, including Scripture and small group study.  Some group leaders opt instead to provide their own evening programs tailored to their group's particular interests.

Time:  Summer mission camps June 1-August 1 (one week each Sunday-Friday); fall and winter breaks; weekends year-round.  Details available on the website. 

Group Size:  80 maximum

Minimum Age:  Middle School

Adult to Youth Ratio:  One adult for every 5-7 youth

Accommodations:    The Joe Rush Center for Urban Mission is located in the former education building of a United Methodist Church.  It has 40 bunk beds.  Food is provided for summer mission camps.  Other times of year, visiting groups have the option of food provided or providing and cooking thier own food.  Meals are prepared in a full kitchen in the fellowship hall.

Cost:  Summer Mission Camp:  $275 per person (Sunday evening through Friday morning).  One adult may attend at no cost for every 6 youth attending.  Fee includes room, board, staffing, paint, brushes, rollers and other supplies.

Other times of year:  Costs depend on length of stay and whether Urban Ministry provides the food.

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