Friday, September 10, 2010

Homes Dedicated on 9-11

/PRNewswire/ -- On Sept. 11 thousands of volunteers are wrapping up a week of building, repairing or dedicating more than 100 homes for those in need as part of the worldwide Millard Fuller Legacy Build, organized by the Fuller Center for Housing.

The Fuller Center for Housing is an affordable housing nonprofit working in 60 U.S. cities and 17 nations throughout the world. The Legacy Build, now in its second year, was established to honor Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity and The Fuller Center.

"September 11 affected the lives of millions and destroyed a community. This is a way that I can rebuild a community close to my own home," Jodi Newell, a volunteer from Indianapolis, Ind. said. "It's a day out of my life that will help the lives of many others."

Six newly renovated homes will be dedicated on Sept. 11 in Atlanta, Ga. as part of the Legacy Build. The Fuller Center of Greater Atlanta is calling the dedication a Day of Celebration. Six families will celebrate as they walk their new homes that were once abandoned or in dire need of major renovation.

In a time where the nation has seen record numbers of home foreclosures, the Fuller Center for Housing, with the help of thousands of volunteers, is demonstrating the capability of citizens to continue to address the housing needs of low-income families.

Indianapolis, Ind. is the international host city for the worldwide Legacy Build. Home dedications in that city will be held Sept. 10 for the 22 families. In just one week, eight new homes were completed, 13 dilapidated homes received major repairs and one abandoned duplex was completely remodeled.

"When I get those keys, I'll be filled with joy," Sherrice Harris said about Friday's dedication of her new home. "I'm filled with joy now seeing all these people come together to help me and my family."

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