Robin Nelson and children Bailey, 11, Preston, 9 and Liam, 5, at the dedication of their new Fuller Center home in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

Many stories in one

Every Fuller Center home dedication is special, but the recent dedication for Robin Nelson and her three children in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, tells many stories all at once.

It is a story about volunteerism. The Detroit Lakes Area Fuller Center for Housing could not have gotten the job done without the dozens of people who donated their most precious commodity, their time.

It is a story of rebirth. This beautiful new home is actually a like-new home as it was rebirthed from a donated home that was moved and then underwent major renovations. The house and this family were rejuvenated and uplifted.

It is a story about family participation. Robin provided more than her share of sweat equity in the renovation work. She developed not only pride of ownership and made dozens of new friends, but she says she also enhanced her sense of "self-sufficiency" as she learned new skills along the way. Our partner families are just that — partners, not charity cases. And Robin's zero-percent-interest payments will help others get the very same hand-up into simple, decent housing.

It is a story about economic sensibility. With the costs of building materials currently running high, Fuller Center partners are finding ways to keep homes affordable. One of the best ways to do that is to take vacant or dilapidated properties and breathe new life into them.

It is a story about new beginnings. While this is the 12th home dedication overall for our partners in Detroit Lakes, it is their first dedication as a Fuller Center partner after previously working under another housing nonprofit's umbrella. While we do not recruit affiliates or plant partners, we do welcome anyone who wants to learn more about joining or transitioning to our grass-roots housing ministry. (Learn more about joining here.)

It's even a story about our Bicycle Adventure! Our cyclists on last year's cross-country ride had a great build day with Detroit Lakes shortly after the property was moved to its new location and renovations began.

And it's a story about telling our story. "All the hard work paid off," Robin told the Wadena Pioneer Journal, which published an outstanding story about the entire process, complete with photo galleries. Our mission grows when homeowners, volunteers and leaders tell others about their experiences with The Fuller Center. And when media outlets help us spread the good news, our reach grows even further, and more families will benefit!

Every Fuller Center project is a story comprised of multiple stories. Every Fuller Center home is a message about the Gospel. Every Fuller Center home is a sermon of God's love — a sermon preached through actions more than words.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to help all of God's children have simple, decent places to live. We couldn't do it without you!

In Christian partnership,

David Snell, President, The Fuller Center for Housing

The full story, galleries from Detroit Lakes
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College students volunteer time in tornado recovery efforts

The Mayfield-Graves Fuller Center for Housing received a huge boost recently when college students who are studying various areas of construction at both Kansas State University and Murray State University used some time off from school to work on long-term tornado recovery projects in Kentucky.

Full story

Plan ahead for one of our 2023 Millard Fuller Legacy Builds

Registration has not yet opened, but you can save the dates for two of the Legacy Builds that will be accepting out-of-town volunteers for their weeklong blitz builds. The Carroll County (Virginia) Fuller Center will have a build week April 30-May 6 of this year, while the Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project will build three homes in Opelika, Alabama, this October.

One house at a time, but also one community at a time

The Fuller Center is not just building homes in El Salvador but thriving communities of whole homes that have completely transformed the lives of hundreds of families. In a new special report, we pay a visit to some of these communities and explore how your support is not just uplifting families but also fostering a true sense of community.

Special report, photos & video

Bicycle Adventure already has two 2023 build days in the books

The Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure wraps up its two-week, 800-mile Tour de Florida ride from Tallahassee to Key West this weekend. In the first week, the riders hopped off their bikes for two build days — one in Tallahassee and another in Brooksville.

2nd build day photo gallery

Our cyclists are not the only members of our Adventure who get to experience America and make memories that last a lifetime. Our support staffers on the ride play crucial roles in telling our story and keeping the ride moving along. Whether you're looking to add an exciting entry to a resume or just want to be a key member of a team that is building a better world in a fun way, we'd love to hear from you! Here are current open positions for 2023:


(Feb. 24 - March 12)


General Support

Photography and social media volunteer


(May 26 - Aug. 6)


General Support

Photography and social media intern

Video intern


(May 26 - June 25)

Photography and social media intern

Contact or go to this page for more details:

VIDEO: From empty field to 50 homes in one year

For the complete story of how the 50 families of Juayuá, El Salvador, moved from shacks to decent homes in time to celebrate Christmas, click here.

Don't forget to create a Facebook fundraiser on your birthday! It's easy and remarkably effective! Click here to start one.
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