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Our View: Power of community support

This weekend will mark an important moment for some members of the Beauregard community, thanks in large part to the efforts of those associated with the Greater Valley Area’s own Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project. The CFCP, one of the more well-known and prolific nonprofits in the area, has turned its attention to the neighboring Beauregard community and Lee County area in the wake of the deadly March 3 tornado outbreak. As a result of those efforts, two new CFCP homes will be dedicated on Saturday for local residents who saw their homes and lives destroyed as a result of the tornado barrage.

The Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project has focused on building affordable housing for individuals primarily in Lanett, Valley and West Point since its inception in 2007, however this project in nearby Beauregard signals an important and needed diversion from the nonprofit’s normal practices.

Those involved with the organization saw a massive need in a nearby community, and have stepped up to provide help to people in dire need of the group’s services.

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. 

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.”

As proof of the significance of the Legacy Build’s impact on the area, The Hallmark Channel has agreed to sponsor three of the Legacy Build homes.

The efforts on behalf of local leaders in this regard is significant. The man hours these projects take are serious, and the work is often challenging. However, the reward for the labor put into these projects is also obvious, which is in part why the CFCP has been so successful in its efforts both locally and in Beauregard.

The work the CFCP is carrying out is a refreshing reminder of the power of community support, and a tremendous example of neighborly and brotherly love in the face of crisis.