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Fuller Center planning busy summer, busier fall

LANETT — The Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project is getting ready for a busy summer and an even busier fall. Plans are to build a new home in Valley’s Red Dirt Hill neighborhood in June and two more houses in West Point in September. They will be CFCP Homes No. 40, 41 and 42.

As a warm-up project, they coordinated a porch-building project for an elderly West Point resident.

“Racine Hargett, who lives just outside West Point on Horseshoe Bend Drive contacted us about a wheelchair ramp,” CFCP Executive Director Kim Roberts said. “Doug Dewberry went to look at it and determined that not only did a new ramp need to be built but the porch needed to be replaced as well. Doug and his crew started on Tuesday and were finished on Thursday. We want to thank the West Point Methodist Church for helping us with the financing.”

Rodney and Carmen Lott of West Point will be the new homeowners of Home No. 40.

“The concrete pad will be poured next week,” Roberts said. “We will start construction on June 18th and plan to have the dedication on June 22nd.”

Lending a big helping hand with the project will be the Stuck family from Pennsylvania. There are 13 of them and they are really dedicated to home-building projects.

“They have been here several times, and they’re great,” Roberts said. “We didn’t have to call them; they called us to ask if they could help us this summer. They’re the best kind of friends you can have.”

The new home will be the fifth one built in Valley since 2016. The first four were built in the Rehobeth neighborhood.

Norbord will be donating the OSB for Home No. 40, Knauf will be donating the insulation, Behr the paint and 4Seasons the heating and air.

“These gifts in kind help a lot.” Roberts said. “We have had enough Hardie board donated for three houses. That should get us through the year, and we have had some youth groups volunteer to do the painting.”

Roberts said it’s a blessing to be on the receiving end of this kind of support from the community.

“We have people offering to help from all over,” she said. “The store has been unreal. We are so busy and are outgrowing the space we have here. People are donating to us all the time, and people like to shop here. They find good quality merchandise at very affordable prices.”

With the CFCP being a 501(c)3, everything that’s generated goes right back into the community to help deserving people have decent housing they can afford.

“We had our fourth anniversary at the ReUse Store in April,” Roberts said. “Time really flies. We have stayed busy since we opened, and I have had such good help from the staff.”