DENHAM SPRINGS – A nonprofit group that helps build homes in disaster-hit areas is coming to Livingston Parish, the Livingston Young Professionals (LYP) were told.
Kevin Foster, of First Guaranty Bank, a member of the LYP steering council, told its luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 15, about the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders.
The nonprofit group will be seeking volunteers to help in its year-long project in the Walker and Denham Springs areas, he said.
Members of the group, with headquarters in Americus, Ga., will be arriving this month, according to the website for the Fuller Center for Housing, its parent organization.
Millard Fuller founded the Fuller Center for Housing in 2005. He founded Habitat for Humanity in 1976.
Foster said he met Bart Tucker, director of Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders, when he came to the bank on a financial matter.
The Rebuilders came to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina (2005), Hurricane Gustav (2008) and Hurricaen Issac (2012. It also went to New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Foster said.
“Managers and workers will be coming, and they will be looking for volunteer teams with the goal to build a certain number of homes,” Foster said.
“I’m excited about this,” he said.
“They will need volunteers,” added Jamie Seal, of Quality Engineering & Surveying, also on the LYP steering council.
“They say Millennials want to be involved with things that are meaningful,” Seal said.
The group will be working with S.M.A.L.L. Fuller Center for Housing, of Walker, a “covenant partner,” and Christ’s Community Church and South Walker Baptist Church, the website said.
“A Fuller House chapter is based in Hammond,” said April Wehrs, Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce president.
That chapter is working on a home in Springfield, but the Rebuilders respond to disaster areas, she said.
“I’ve supported Fuller House in Hammond for years,” she added. “The Number 1 issue here is housing. This amplifies it more.”
Seal said the Livingston Young Professionals is looking for those in the 21- to 40-year-old range who want to contribute to their community.
The steering council welcomes any young professional to attend its meeting the third Friday of the month at the Chamber office.
“The more input we have, the better our events,” he said.