Mission Statement, Board Members and FAQs
The Fuller Center for Housing, faith-driven and Christ-centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need worldwide.
Executive Director, Corneilus Butler
Corneilus Butler is a native of Birmingham Alabama and a graduate of Berea College in Berea Kentucky with a business degree in Finance. Corneilus Butler brings a very unique style of leadership to the Fuller Center for Housing with a deep passion for Real Estate coupled with a love for community development. Corneilus has an energetic and creative vision to propel the Fuller Center for Housing of Louisville as a leader in stabilizing families to build stronger neighborhoods through housing.
- Executive Assistant, Malyssa Collins
- Finance, Becky Blair
- Chairman, Jim Mims
- Co-Chair, Chris Lebouf
- Secretary, David Hobbs
- Treasurer, Chad Blanchard
- Director & Site Selection, Rue McFarland
- Director, Hal Thomas
- Director, Gene Dyson
- Director & Family Selection Committee Chair, Ross Johnson
- Director, Lynn Rippy
- Director and Church Partnership, Pastor Steven Smith
- Director and Church Partnership, Pastor Darrell Wilson
Advisory Board Members
- Billie Wade
- Leonard Moison
- Whitney Meadows
- Katie Crotzer
- Justin Blair
- Becky Blair
What is The Fuller Center for Housing?
The Fuller Center for Housing is a Christian 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to eradicate poverty housing by promoting partnerships with individuals and community groups to build and rehabilitate homes for people in need.
What is The Fuller Center’s vision?
The United Nations estimates that more than 1 billion people around the world live in substandard housing — including millions in the United States. The Fuller Center for Housing, faith driven and Christ centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need worldwide.
How do you accomplish your work?
The Fuller Center creates partnerships within communities that bring together churches, schools, businesses, and civic organizations to build decent, affordable homes for people who are unable to secure adequate housing by conventional means.
The Fuller Center works in partnership with our Covenant Partners, other service-oriented organizations and countless volunteers to build and repair homes. All homeowners work hand-in-hand with volunteers to build their own homes, which are then sold to them on terms they can afford — based on no-profit, no-interest loans. With some smaller renovation projects, an innovative payment program, called “The Greater Blessing Program” is utilized, whereby recipients promise to repay the loan amount without signing an actual mortgage agreement. They decide the monthly amount they can afford to repay and the period of time that it will take to repay the cost of repairs. There is no legal obligation to repay these loans. It is a leap of faith in the basic goodness of humankind and is proving to be very successful.
The Fuller Center is committed to keeping administrative costs low to ensure that the maximum amounts of funds go toward building and repairing homes for people who need them.
Where are you currently building homes?
Starting in the once-blighted Boston Court, The Fuller Center for Housing of Louisville has transformed the Court and is continuing to make a difference throughout the Shawnee/ Russell neighborhood on the West end of Louisville. Internationally, The Fuller Center has Covenant Partners in place or forming in Nepal, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, El Salvador, The Netherlands, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, The Republic of the Congo, Australia, the Cook Islands, Peru, India, Armenia, Ghana and Sierra Leone.
How do you choose cities or regions in which to build?
We do not do the choosing – communities that recognize need in their regions approach The Fuller Center to help them address their concerns. The need is great! The Fuller Center will go where we are asked to help.
How can an individual get involved?
There are several ways to become involved. As a tightly-run, cost-conscious organization, we are always in need of people’s time, talents and treasures!
- Volunteer – Individuals committed to building homes can join one of The Fuller Center’s upcoming builds or events. You can find upcoming events and builds on our blog. Volunteer a friend or family to serve Louisville!
- Donate - We welcome all donations to be used to fund our programs. Tax-deductible contributions can be mailed to The Fuller Center for Housing of Louisville, 4509 West Market St., or can be made online at www.fchky.org. In-kind donations of tools, building materials and services are also greatly appreciated!
- Spread the Word – Tell your family, friends and colleagues about The Fuller Center and its work. Visit the Fuller Center media to get on the spot events, volunteer opportunities, and information. Share our facebook event posts and discuss how our homes are making a change on twitter. Watch and like our homes progress photos on Instagram and receive great homeowner tips and information on Pinterest.
- Prayerfully consider starting a Fuller Center Covenant Partnership or campus program in your community. For more information, contact our Director of Partner Development, Kirk Lyman-Barner at firstname.lastname@example.org or give him a call at (229)–924–2900.
How are families selected?
The Fuller Center for Housing of Louisville is focusing on rehabilitations and our Greater Blessing Program. There are income guidelines and criteria that must be met before being approved. If you are interested in information on applying for a house for yourself or someone you’re concerned about, please call 502–272–1377 for more information.
Engage members of your local church leadership or local contractors and contact us to learn how to apply for the program or serve your community.
Are you a Christian organization?
We are! The Fuller Center is an ecumenical Christian organization that bases its work on what Millard Fuller called, “The Economics of Jesus” and “The Theology of the Hammer.” We work in partnership with God and men and women around the world as we build God’s Kingdom on earth by improving and transforming lives. We gladly invite and welcome volunteers and supporters of all faiths who share our basic belief in giving people dignity by helping them build and own a home.
Do you have to be a Christian to be affiliated with The Fuller Center?
Absolutely not! We work with people of all faiths who share our basic belief in giving dignity to all by helping them own a home. For example, many of our partners in Nepal are Hindus, and we work with Christians and Buddhists in Sri Lanka.
How are you different from Habitat for Humanity?
Since both organizations were founded by Millard and Linda Fuller and share the same goal of eradicating poverty housing worldwide, there are naturally many similarities. However, The Fuller Center is different in four key ways:
- The Fuller Center seeks to empower local organizations, keeping a lean and efficient structure. By keeping salaries and operating expenses at a minimum, we ensure that a high percentage of the money we receive is at work building houses in local communities.
- The Fuller Center continues the practice of building homes at no profit and charging no interest.
- We feel strongly that government has a critical role in providing adequate shelter. However, while we gratefully accept government help in acquiring land or installing infrastructure, we do not accept government funds for house building.
- In its repair ministry, The Fuller Center utilizes a unique repayment method which does not require the home as collateral. This innovation has allowed us to reach out to help the folks who are deemed “too poor to help” by the credit and financial standards of Habitat for Humanity and others.
Are you competing with Habitat for Humanity?
Absolutely not! More than one billion people live in poverty housing around the world. The worldwide housing situation is so grave that we need Habitat, The Fuller Center, and thousands of other such organizations. And since the need is so great, we believe God will provide enough resources to all these ministries to accomplish God’s work.
What is the “Greater Blessing Program”?
This ministry completes repairs on owner-occupied houses and encourages recipient families to repay the cost of the materials over time, on terms they can afford, without interest and without the use of a mortgage. This gives families the opportunity to experience the greater blessing of giving. These repairs bring the house to an adequate, livable condition, allowing the residents to live safely in their own homes for a much longer time, but without requiring the title to the property as collateral. We provide payment envelopes in the “Greater Blessings Box,” a small, hand-carved wooden box made at Koinonia.
Why did Millard Fuller leave Habitat for Humanity?
After a successful record of more than 28 years as founder and President of Habitat for Humanity International, the board of directors decided in 2005 that it was time to part ways with its founder and his wife, Linda, due to major differences, primarily about Habitat’s vision and operating philosophy. Millard, along with Linda, continues the mission to eliminate poverty housing around the world through this new organization, The Fuller Center for Housing. Millard Fuller has experienced extraordinary professional success. Former President Bill Clinton said he “literally revolutionized the concept of philanthropy.”
Why did he form this new organization rather than just retire?
Through the dedication of thousands of committed people around the world, Habitat for Humanity sheltered more than a million people in need during Millard’s time as its leader. Yet, throughout the world, more than 1 billion people continue to live in poverty housing, and 100 million are homeless. Millard’s lifelong mission is to eliminate this shameful situation and he finds great joy in his life’s work! Moreover, many people today start over at the age of 70. Millard still water skis, climbs mountains, and loves hiking. He says, “There’s nothing in the Bible that tells you to retire to Florida with a fishing pole when you turn 70.”