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About Us


Our Vision
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Our Mission Statement
Seeking to put God’s love into action, The Fuller Center for Housing brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.


1. Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief
that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that we must be “hands and feet” of that love and grace in our world. We
believe that, through faith, the minuscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful
relationships can grow among all people.

2. Focus on shelter.
We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable
shelter. We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others
to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.

3. Advocate for affordable housing.
In response to the prophet Micah’s call to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God, we promote decent,
affordable housing for all, and we support the global community’s commitment to housing as a basic human right. We
will advocate for just and fair housing policy to eliminate the constraints that contribute to poverty housing. And, in
all of our work, we will seek to put shelter on hearts and minds in such powerful ways that poverty housing becomes
socially, politically and religiously unacceptable.

4. Promote dignity and hope.
We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something
to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to
live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships.

5. Support sustainable and transformational development.
We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and
spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it
demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources entrusted to us.

About The Fuller Center for Housing of Merced County
The Fuller Center for Housing of Merced County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles
that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. The Fuller Center for Housing of Merced County
is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving
homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families
improve their shelter conditions. The Fuller Center for Housing was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child
should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should
be a matter of conscience and action for all.

All are welcome
The Fuller Center for Housing of Merced County has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable
place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the
other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, The Fuller Center welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds
and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion. As a matter of policy, The Fuller Center for Housing and its
affiliated organizations do not proselytize. This means that The Fuller Center will not offer assistance on the expressed
or implied condition that people must either adhere to or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging
designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.

About The Fuller Center for Housing
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.


Board of Directors

Prospective board members or committee members are always welcomed.
Join us at a board meeting to see if there is a spot that suits you.
We meet at our the ReUse Store 1230 Broadway Avenue Atwater on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.


President: Janice Sorge
Vice President: Lyle Allen
Secretary: Elisa Pouncey
Treasurer: Sylvia Giordano

Administration: Janice Sorge
Church Relations: Val Fogelberg
Construction: Lyle Allen
Public Information: Janice Sorge
Facebook, Website communication: Eric Pouncey
Family Services: Nellie Venegas,
Budina Bunch Smith, Diana Paxton
Finance: Sean Arnold, Louis Smith
Fund Raising: Your name could be here
Volunteer Coordinator: Nellie Venegas

A D V I S O R Y   B O A R D
Darryl Young
Alice Gilbertson

M E M B E R   A T   L A R G E
Diana Paxton

Pete Delacruz
Fred Pillsbury
George Gallaher


Board Meetings

Schedule 2022
Jun 27
July 25
Aug 22
September 26
October 24

Annual meeting July 16
Third Saturday in July each year

Agenda Minutes


The Fuller Center
for Housing

of Merced County

P.O. Box 423
Atwater, CA 95301-0423

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