Who we Are
The Fuller Center for Housing is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. By forming partnerships with local organizations, The Fuller Center provides the structure, guidance and support that communities need to build and repair homes for the impoverished among them.
The Fuller Center was started in spring of 2005 by Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity. Fuller set out to expand his missionary vision by returning to his roots at Koinonia Farm, a cooperative community dedicated to peace and service in rural southwest Georgia. A new mission statement was issued at Koinonia – also the birthplace of Habitat – dedicating The Fuller Center as a Christ-centered, faith-driven organization witnessing the love of God by providing opportunities for families to have a simple, decent place to live.
The demand for safe, affordable housing is enormous. The United Nations estimates that over one billion people around the world live in substandard housing. In the United States alone, almost two million people live with a hole in their roof, 3.7 million live with broken windows and 2.5 million live in a house where the foundation is crumbling beneath them. Just over one million people live without complete plumbing facilities. (Source: American Housing Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2005)
Many of these people are too elderly or too poor to help themselves through traditional means, but we believe this does not make them any less deserving of our help. The Fuller Center seeks to improve their standards of living by helping those people help themselves. A Fuller Center home is not a hand out, but a hand up. By working alongside volunteers and repaying construction costs on terms they can handle, homeowners are able to regain a sense of basic human dignity.
The Greater Twin Cities Fuller Center for housing is a Convenant Partner to the Fuller Center parent organization. Our primary focus is on the renovation of homes and working in partnership with local churches, businesses and social organizationson to identify families in need within the Greater Twin Cities area and provide decent, livable homes. Read more about the Family Selection process.
Please join us in our quest to improve the health and futures of the world’s people by providing them with simple, decent places to live. Please see our FAQ page for more information, and our Get Involved page for resources on how you can make a difference.