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Fuller Center Offers A Hand-Up, Not A Hand-Out

Volunteers with the Yalobusha County Fuller Center for Housing pictured during a break during Saturday’s workday on Pate Street in Water Valley included (front row, from left) Deshun Robinson, Clayton Horton, Claude Harris, Jerry Turner and (back row) Jermaine Taylor, Tremaine Robinson, Katrina Geenen (homeowner) and Mack Dudley. The crew tackled multiple projects at Geenen’s house.04

By Lucia Holloway
Herald Contributor
In spite of misting rain, James Person, Yalobusha County Fuller Center For Housing board member, kicked off Saturday’s work-day project at the 1930s home of Katrina Geenen at 100 Pate Street with prayer, blessing the event.
The fourth home rehab of 2020 in Yalobusha County included repairing rotten porch posts, the roof overhang and adding tin barriers under the home to reduce heat costs during winter.  In addition, underbrush was cut as tree limbs and undesirable bushes were removed during yard clean-up.
First United Methodist Church provided a noon meal.  Larson’s Cash Saver donated bottled water and ice.
The goal of the Christian organization is a hand-up not a hand-out.  Volunteers give their service free of charge.  The home owner pays for building supplies.  Providing adequate shelter for all people in need worldwide is part of the mission statement of The Fuller Center for Housing. Persons who wish to support the organization may mail checks to Yalobusha County Fuller Center for Housing, P O Box 288, Water Valley MS 38965.

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