Attached are pictures from this morning’s groundbreaking ceremony in Hammond, LA. It was a very special occasion because members of St. Luke Lutheran Church (Leda Thompson’s church) from Cabot, PA were in attendance. They partnered with Crossroads Missions to build the house frame in their church parking lot last September not knowing which family would actually get to live in it. This morning 6 members of that church were present to meet Chanta Bryant and her 2 sons, Travion Robertson and Charles Bryant. Chanta is a single mom who works for Urgent Healthcare in Hammond. Travion is a senior at Ponchatoula High School where he plays football, participates in Interact and other organizations. His dedication has earned him an academic scholarship to Millsaps College in Jackson, MS where he plans to major in premed. Charles is in 5th grade. The house they were living in was flooded in March of 2016 and then mold took over. Getting a new home in partnership with The Fuller Center for Housing means the world to them!
Also attending the groundbreaking ceremony were Pete Panepinto, Mayor and Lisa Lambert, Public Information Officer for the City of Hammond; Glen Alack, pro bono general contractor overseeing the Fuller Center’s work; Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center Board Chairman David Danel and Board Member Bobby Martin, Construction Managers James Harris and Gary Kelly, Tamara Danel, Executive Director, Christine Kelly, Administrative Assistant; volunteers from Christ our Anchor Presbyterian Church in Annapolis, MD; Barry Chance, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Hammond; and Quad Area Youth Build students and staff who will complete the construction of the house.
“This was the first time we have ever had representatives from all the volunteer components together for a groundbreaking ceremony” Tamara Danel exclaimed. “Who would have ever thought that the volunteers from Pennsylvania who built the frame in their church parking lot would get to meet the family who will live in it and the volunteers who will complete it!”
Chanta Bryant and her 2 boys are truly grateful for all the people who will help them finally have a home of their own!
Tamara C. Danel Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing