51st Fuller Center Home Sponored by Diocese

Fuller Center for Housing NWLA, in partnership with Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Smith, Jr., the Catholic Diocese of Shreveport, Downtown Shreveport Rotary Club and other community partners, dedicated its 51st home at noon, at 323 E. 72nd Street, across the street from St. Catherine of Sienna Church, on Saturday, July 26.

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Well were the recipients of the second Fuller Center home in the Cedar Grove community. In addition to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Smith, the Diocese of Shreveport and the Shreveport Rotary Club made monetary donations to support this build.

“The Diocese of Shreveport would like to congratulate the Fuller Center for the completion of their fifty-first home in Shreveport adjacent to the former Church Parish of St. Catherine of Siena in Cedar Grove,” said Fr. Rothell Price, Vicar General for the Diocese of Shreveport. “Our diocese was honored to work with the Fuller Center through our donation of the property and financial contributions made to complete construction.  I can think of no better way to help re-establish a sense of hope and civic pride to the people of Cedar Grove than through the successful and proven methods of the Fuller Foundation and our diocese is grateful to be a part of this wonderful achievement.”

“Building a stronger community through service to others is at the heart of Rotary Club of Shreveport’s mission,” said Francesca Moreland, President of Rotary Club of Shreveport. “Partnering with the Fuller Center to provide an affordable home to a deserving local family is gratifying and such a fitting way to do just that.”

Bishop Michael Duca attended the dedication of the home and took part in the ceremony, blessing the home for its new inhabitants. During his blessing, Bishop Duca asked that the home be “filled with the love that binds a family together. Make it a place of refuge where those who are here may find security and peace and from that find a richness in their lives that is never found when we are unsure of where we will live.”

The Fuller Center helps families in need of affordable housing and helps rejuvenate areas in the community. Contact Lee A. Jeter, Sr. at 318-230-5678 for more information regarding the Fuller Center home builds and how to become a volunteer.

by Lee Jeter and Jessica Rinaudo

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