Wall frames arrive for second annual Shreveport blitz build
For release: Aug. 3, 2007
The first wall frames have arrived in Shreveport for the second annual Millard and Linda Fuller Blitz Build, set for Sept. 15-22 in the Allendale neighborhood, near downtown Shreveport.
Frames for five houses were delivered by two large trucks from Indiana, where they assembled by volunteers.
Also, more than 200 volunteers in Minnesota grabbed their hammers on a hot Saturday earlier this summer and built the walls for more houses that will be constructed in Shreveport. The "Made in Minnesota" effort was coordinated by the Hope Filled Hands ministry of Elk River, Minn.
Ten homes will be built in one week during the blitz and, in a new benefit for the community, volunteers will perform minor repairs at five existing homes.
"This will be more than fixing up houses. We will build friendships and partnerships with the families and teams. We can't wait," said Jewel Mariner, an Allendale Community Coordinator for Shreveport-Bossier Community Renewal.
Hundreds of volunteers are expected from Minnesota, Indiana, Florida and many other states across the nation for the blitz build, which is part of the Building on Higher Ground project, a partnership between The Fuller Center for Housing and Shreveport-Bossier Community Renewal.
The Fuller Center plans to build at least 60 houses on Higher Ground, a nonprofit initiative started after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005.
Volunteers can sign up now for the blitz online with The Fuller Center for Housing. Shreveport-area volunteers are asked to call the SBCR office at (318) 425-3222.
Shreveport-Bossier Community Renewal is a nonprofit effort to restore safe and healthy communities through caring relationships. Founded in 1994, SBCR reaches at-risk youth through Friendship Houses built in impoverished neighborhoods, strengthens education through the Adult Renewal Academy, partners with The Fuller Center for Housing and connects caring partners who turn their neighborhoods into safe havens of friendship and support. For more information, go to www.sbcr.us.
Contact: David Westerfield, director of communications