Bart Tucker, president of the board of directors of Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders, Inc. will be in Mason on Saturday to present information to local residents about the work his group does to assist those who have lost their homes due to Gulf storms of the last few years.
Mr. Tucker is an acquaintance of Curtis and Rene Schulze of Mason, both of whom have assisted in the rebuilding program of the agency along the Mississippi Gulf coast. The Schulzes worked with the group to rebuild flooded homes that had been gutted after Hurricane Katrina, and the Fuller Center has completed 82 homes, 15 which were new construction.
The Fuller Center is a non-profit, Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. They work with families that have lost their homes to either rebuild, or build anew, using both paid and volunteer staff. The bulk of their funding comes from church sponsorship, and they work with local churches to obtain either dollars or volunteers. They also work in partnership with other Christian groups such as Kairos Carpenters (through whom Mr. Tucker met the Schulzes).
They have now made three exploratory trips to the Texas Golden Triangle, particularly the Bridge City and Orange region, assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Ike. In Bridge City alone, over 4,000 homes were flooded, and the group plans on beginning their rebuilding there in late winter of 2009.
Bart Tucker will present information about the Fuller Center's activities, as well as detailing their 2009 plans, during a meeting at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 10th. The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m., and everyone in the community is invited to come and hear this inspiring story, and to possibly even discover ways that they may become involved.