Volunteers could be seen working tirelessly anywhere you looked, out front sawing wood, on the side, hammering in the last few nails that would hold together the Johnson family’s new home in Lanett. The recipients of the home Jetorrie and her son Matt were floored by their selflessness.
“I really couldn’t believe it, because there was an outpour of a lot students,” said Jetorrie Johnson, recipient of a new Fuller house.
Volunteers ranged in age, but not in gender. The project was the Fuller Center’s first Lind-A-Hand Build for Women, and the all-female crew did not disappoint.
“We started out with a slab first thing Monday morning, and this is what you see today. They are painting wall in there,” said Kim Roberts, Executive Director of Chattahoochee Valley Fuller Center.
The new home may have construction dust in the air now. However, the new space will be a clean environment for the Johnson’s. Mold in the family’s previous apartment impacted 7-year old Matt who suffers from asthma.
The Lind-A-Hand project was named after Fuller Center’s Co-founder, Linda Fuller, who is also the Co-founder of Habitat for Humanity. Fuller was also hard at work during the build. She said she watched all week as Matt has started to embrace his new yard.
“This little kid has been out here running around…chasing and playing with the other kids, enjoying the sunshine. Then, to know he’s going to have a sanitary clean environment to live in,” said Linda Fuller, Co-Founder, Fuller Center of Housing.
The house dedication in the afternoon was full of emotions as the center handed over the keys to the home, and opened a new chapter for the family. Jetorrie said she was trying not to be emotional but it was hard for a few reasons.
“Because of the support, and because my mom isn’t here,” said Johnson.
Jetorrie’s mother may not be alive to see her new home, but the house will always have a woman’s touch.