Fuller Center Project to dedicate two more homes in Beauregard

Published 4:00 pm Friday, July 5, 2019

BEAUREGARD — Kim Roberts and Robin Pierre of the Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project (CFCP) have been in the Beauregard community often in recent days, coordinating the construction of two new CFCP homes.

“Around lunch time on Saturday, July 13, we will dedicate two new homes in Beauregard,” she said. “The Auburn campus of the Church of the Highlands is sponsoring it, and they have done an incredible job.”

The build hasn’t been as fast-paced as most CFCP builds, but it has been a thorough process and both new homes are well on pace to be finished before next Saturday.

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One of the homes is being built for Bill and Tonya Yarbrough and their six-year-old son, Oscar. They lost their home on Lee Road 721 in the March 3rd tornado.

“Daniel Holland of Holland Houses, Auburn, is the house captain, and around 20 people have been doing the construction work,” Roberts said. “They started on June 14.”

The second new home is being built for Barbara Rowan and her 16-year-old daughter. They lost their mobile home in the tornado.

“Barbara was warned by her brother to get out that day,” Roberts said. “She and her daughter went a short distance away to Barbara’s mother’s home. It’s a brick house, and they were safe there. It’s a good thing they went there. The mobile home was completely destroyed.”

The Rowans will be much closer to Barbara’s mother now, as the new home is being built on her property.

“Eric Ward, who owns a framing company in Auburn is the house captain,” Roberts said. “Steve Tramell is the co-captain.”

The two new homes will bring the total of CFCP homes in Beauregard to five. The first three were dedicated in May. Two more new homes will be going up in August and 11 more will be added in this fall’s Millard Fuller Legacy Build. In all, the CFCP will take part in building 18 new homes this year in Beauregard.

The next two homes will be built for James and Stephanie Taunton and their six-year-old son Zachary, and Misty Baker and teen daughters Madison and Jayleigh. The Faith community of Beauregard will be sponsoring the Taunton build. The Columbus First Baptist Church, WRBL TV-3 and Kissin’ 99.3-FM will sponsor the Baker family build.

On Sunday evening, Sept. 29, a crowd of approximately 200 people is expected to be present for the kickoff dinner for the Legacy Build. Pastor Rusty Sowell and Providence Baptist Church will be the hosts.

“This will be massive,” Roberts said of the Legacy Build. “People from all over the U.S. will be there.”

The Hallmark Channel will sponsor three of the Legacy Build homes.

“They have been so good to deal with over the phone,” Roberts said. “I can’t wait to meet them in person. Coca-Cola will be providing all the drinks for these home builds. Knauf will be providing the insulation and Norbord the OSB.”

“We started here in April and by the end of October we will have 18 new homes here,” Roberts added. “That is amazing. The community support we have gotten is overwhelming. We had never before taken on anything like this, but it has been such a good experience. We are excited about what we are doing. It has been on our hearts to help these people. The community support has been fantastic.”

The Beauregard community was devastated by the March 3 tornado outbreak. A total of 23 people were killed, dozens more were injured and hundreds left homeless. The East Alabama Medical Center and its nonprofit charity have relocated everyone affected by the storm at no cost until permanent housing can be found for them. Samaritan’s Purse has also relocated many Beauregard residents into new modular homes with storm shelters.