Fuller Center for Housing (Chatttahoochee, Lanett)

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Contact: Sharon Tarver, Registrar for U.S. Builds
               701 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
               Americus, GA  31917
Phone:     229.294.2900    *Fax:  229.924.2901
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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 to charity 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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Harvest of Hope (Birmingham)

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Phone:  800.333.4597

Harvest of Hope is a national gleaning network that educates participants concerning the domestic and global hunger problem with the encouragement to make a lifelong commitment to being part of the solution.

Project/Focus:  Participants glean nutritious produce from farmers’ fields and orchards after harvest. This food, instead of being left behind to rot, is delivered to those in need through programs such as local food banks and soup kitchens. Harvest of Hope is a national gleaning network.

Harvest of Hope regional offices are located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina , western North Carolina and Tennessee. The national office is located in Big Island, Virginia.

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 Urban Ministry (Birmingham)

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Contact:  Danny Jones
               1229 Cotton Avenue SW
               Birmingham, AL 35211
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.  People in this area in the second percentile nationally for median income. 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).

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:  None

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 the summer mission camps.  Other times of year, visiting groups have the option of food provided or providing and cooking their 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, pain, 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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 Habitat for Humanity Mission Rebuild (Tuscaloosa)

Contact: Natalie Nuce
              U.S. Volunteer Projects Manager, Global Village, Habitat for Humanity International
              121 Habitat St. Americus, GA 31709
Phone:  229-410-7972

The Mission Rebuild program is a part of Habitat for Humanity International helping to rebuild a disaster affected area. The local Habitat in Tuscaloosa, AL has great need as they continue to build homes in a subdivision that was leveled during the April 2011 Tornado.  They also help with critical repairs in the community as needed. Mission Rebuild is a one week build experience that is helping bring change to the community of Tuscaloosa by serving the local Habitat affiliate.

Project/Focus:  The project entails five full build days (M-F) with supervised construction work. No skills are necessary just a willing heart and spirit.   The types of construction projects will vary depending on the need at the time of the groups visit.

Educational/Advocacy Components:   Mission Rebuild asks the group leader to participate in an online course that goes over the basic foundations of Habitat for Humanity’s Mission and Principles.  Habitat is very involved in advocacy for affordable housing and participants can learn much more about Habitat’s efforts.  The local Habitat staff will help explain how Habitat works, but there is not a focus on advocacy per se.  Group leaders can utilize advocacy resources found in opening section of UCC Mission Trip Opportunities booklet or at   The hope is that group members gain an understanding of how their small part in building for a family in need plays a bigger role in making an impact for low income families in need.

Time:  Mission Rebuild teams can be scheduled all year round depending on host affiliate availability.

Group Size:  10-30

Minimum Age:  16 years

Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:5 (for minors age 16-17)

Conditions:  The team stays at a YMCA camp with two bunkhouses separated by gender. There are bathhouses for men and women respectively with hot showers.  A common lodge, kitchen and gathering area for meals and lunch prep.  Food is provided for breakfast and lunches (packed and taken to worksite each day).  Four dinners are provided during the M-F time frame.  Groups arrive on a Sunday and depart on Saturday and must provide their own transportation to and from Tuscaloosa and to and from the worksite each day.

Cost:  $500 per person which includes room and board and a $300 donation to Habitat Tuscaloosa

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Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115