Potomac Highlands Fuller Center For Housing Working With Local Veteran

Daniel Champ Bio

The Potomac Highlands Fuller Center for Housing is a non-profit organization in Pendleton County, WV. This summer, the Center is working on a home building project for local veteran Daniel Champ.

“I’m Daniel Champ, I’m from Pendleton County, Franklin WV. I served in the Marine Corps as an infantry rifleman. I joined because my grandfather was a Marine, and then 9/11 happened, so, I decided that’s what needed to be done. And then, I suffered from some injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan, and I returned home with some issues. And my way of coping is fly-fishing – actually, I learned fly-fishing from Project Healing Waters and the Potomac Highland Wounded Warriors. They got me interested in that, and I kind of carried on with that, and that’s basically how I fill my time, and keep my mind away from things.”

Center Board of Directors member John Connor explained how the project came about, and how it is funded.

“We had a community member that made a referral to us, so we reached out to Daniel’s family and then we learned of him, and his situation, his current housing situation and his background. So we gave him a call and said “We might have an opportunity to partner with you, if you’d like to come in and apply and learn a little bit more about our program and how it works.”

“So Miller Fuller, the founder the Fuller Centers, and of course, Habitat For Humanity prior to that – he believed in Biblical economics, and in Exodus, there is a command that when you lend to the poorest amongst you, who are in need, you should not be like the money-changers, and not exact interest upon them. We do, first and foremost, not rob the family of the greater blessing – we all know that it is far more a blessing to give than to receive. And so, the families do pay for their home, but it is only the building materials, and supplies that need to be purchased, and any sub-contracted labor that must be paid for. So that keeps it low-cost mortgage, and then coupled with that principle of not charging interest, keeps it an incredibly affordable payment for the new home, and at the same time, knowing that Daniel’s payments will go on to bless and serve the future families that we’ll partner with.”

“So in addition to the generosity that these work camp volunteer groups are extending to us, and the house sponsorship, that only gets us so far financially, and we do still have a budget deficit to get this house finished. So we are certainly reaching to some corporate contributors of building materials and supplies. We’re certainly trying to get some new building materials donated at no cost to the project, and we’re certainly appealing to vendors for discounts.

“One great way that folks who maybe don’t feel able-bodied enough to come out and volunteer, but would still like to support the project  – we would be humbled by any contributions, financial contributions they could make towards the project. If anyone would like to call and discuss donation details, they would be more than welcome to contact me, John Connor, and my number is 304-668-4300. And I can certainly attest to the fine stewardship of the Fuller Centers – we don’t waste any money, because we don’t have it to waste, let’s put it that way. We’re very dependent upon the financial generosity of local individuals, local organizations, any civic-minded clubs that would like to contribute – no amount is too small, and certainly no amount is too large. We would welcome any contributions that could be made to the project.”

Additional contact information can be found at the organization’s website, www.fullercenter.org/potomac-highlands.

Mr. Champ concluded with his thoughts on having a house of his own.

“Well, it means everything to me, because it opens up my whole life really. The possibility of actually having my own family in a house that’s stable, because I’ve been moving around, and worrying about if I will have a home in the following year, or not. So, it guarantees that, and makes more things open and available for me.”

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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