Clark County nonprofit seeks family to move-in to renovated home

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The Clark County Fuller Center For Housing is rehabbing a house in Springfield.

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A Springfield nonprofit is looking for the right family to move into a newly renovated home.

Volunteers with the Clark County Fuller Center for Housing are finishing up repairs to a house in the St. Bernard’s neighborhood in Springfield. The four-bedroom home will be ready for move-in by the end of the month, Executive Director Kermit Rowe said, but the organization still needs to find a family that’s a good fit.

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“Some of the partner families are people who never thought they would own a home,” Rowe said.

The Fuller Center wants to sell the home to a family in need. The family must meet certain income standards to qualify, he said, but the payments on the house would be lower than any rent payment.

“We work with them to teach them how to be homeowners,” he said.

The charity recently completed repairs on another home, he said, and a single mother and her children moved in.

Most of the work on the homes is done by volunteers like John Grubb.

“It’s a good thing to do … It helps people out in the community,” he said.

Grubb is retired and decided he wanted to give back.

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“Everybody comes and does what needs to be done … It’s kind of fun to be involved,” he said.

The volunteers repair drywall, paint rooms and install doors. Everyone has a strength, Grubb said.

“It gives you the opportunity to help a family that’s in need,” he said.

And it’s rewarding, volunteer Ray Raber said.

“I’m trying to give back to the neighborhood,” he said. “I’ve been pretty well blessed in my life.”

The Fuller Center is always looking for more volunteers, Rowe said.

“Our volunteers are really our bread and butter,” he said. “They’re the people that hold our organization up and make our organization successful.”

The organization also works with the Neighborhood Housing Project of Greater Springfield and the city of Springfield.

More information about how to qualify to purchase the home is available by calling Rowe at 937-325-2514. Other homes will soon be available as well, Rowe said.

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