Joplin non-profit calls on community to help win national contest

Local woman shares why JAFCH has her vote

JOPLIN, Mo. – A non-profit aimed at doing home repairs and home builds for low income families is calling on the community it serves to help win a national contest.

The top 40 organizations with the most votes online will win the state farm neighborhood assist grant, totaling $25,000.

One woman shares why she thinks Joplin Area Fuller Center for Housing is more than deserving.

Deborah Honey has called this house home for the past 20 years. Before that, it was her mother’s.Home

Over time, though, the place had gotten pretty run down. Habitat for Humanity said it should be condemned, but the Joplin Area Fuller Center for Housing decided to take a look to see what they could do.

“That’s when I found out that I only had one beam underneath my entire house, and that all the beams had rotted at the ends and some of them had fallen away and they just weren’t there. From this room, I could see into the next. The wall had dropped down about four inches,” said Honey.

What seemed hopeless, turned out to be something doable with the help of some volunteers and a lot of TLC.

“They picked out the floor, which was perfect, and he got the beams underneath the house, and he fixed all that up and started working on the floor in the kitchen, which was really bad, and he got that leveled out fairly good and got my cabinets back and everything,” said Honey.

Honey’s story is one in a long line of many. The non-profit, which formed in 2011 after the Joplin tornado, helps veterans, the elderly and any low income family, often including them in the project. They call their clients partners.

“We do try to give people more of a hand up than a hand out. In other words, we wanna provide them with a service, but we also wanna take the service we provide them and pass it along to the next person,” explained Don King, President of JAFCH.

Both King and Honey are hoping this organization is selected, knowing the good it can bring, and the lives it can change.

“That feeling of relief, that’s that ‘peace that passes understanding,’ as God says. That’s what Fuller House gave to me,” said Honey.

You can vote up to 10 times per day.

Vote here.

The competition ends on Friday, Oct. 2.

You can learn more about the nonprofit here.