Local family to receive Fuller Center house

By Dean Palmer - Special to the News

The Surry/Stokes Fuller Center for Housing announced recently the selection of a family for its reclaimed Pilot Mountain home.

“We’ve chosen a well deserving family for the Pine Street home,” noted Fuller Center representative Stephanie Johnson. “Melissa Hannah and her children have already begun their sweat equity requirements to purchase the home at 207 Pine Street at a 0 percent interest mortgage.”

According to Johnson, the house has been used for the Surry/Stokes office during the search for an owner and now needs substantial cleaning and refurbishing.

“It needs a lot of work,” Johnson said. “We will be having a giant yard/house sale to raise funds for this project. We’re looking for people who would like to rent a space on the property on the day of the yard sale as well as anyone who would like to make donations for the yard sale.”

Anyone wishing to help or donate to the project may call the Fuller Center line at 336-368-1522 and leave a name and number. All calls will be returned as soon as possible. A yard sale date will be determined in the near future and will be available on the recorded line.

“We’ll be having some scheduled donation days and work days coming soon,” Johnson added. “We’ll need volunteers to help with ripping up carpets, general maintenance, cleaning and painting.

”And we’re asking for people to become room sponsors to cover the cost of the paint and flooring for each room and we’ll need gravel for the driveway. We’re in need of paint, cleaning supplies and flooring for four rooms and the hallway as well as financial donations. And prayers are always needed.”

Johnson voiced appreciation to a local business, Connie’s Crafts of Pilot Mountain, which has agreed to become a kitchen sponsor for the project.

The local organization serves as a “covenant partner” in the international Fuller Center organization. Formed in 2005, the Fuller Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with covenant partners in almost 70 communities and 16 countries. While each local organization signs an agreement to work in partnership to build or renovate houses for families in need in their agreed area, all fundraising, construction and family selection is done on a local level.

The organization will host a meeting at the home at 207 Pine Street on May 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Potential board members are being sought and all interested individuals are invited to attend.

By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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