DETROIT LAKES — A local family of four will soon have a new home, thanks to the Detroit Lakes chapter of the Fuller Center for Housing…but to complete the project in time for the fall, the organization aims non-profit needs volunteers to help with “construction days”.

Tom Thibeau, of Bangor, Maine, removes siding from the Detroit Lakes Fuller Center home project on Dean Street on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Rebecca Mitchell / Fuller Center for Housing

Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday this summer, until it’s finished, builders will be hard at work on the new home, located on Dean Street.

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Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure volunteer Carrie Daiker adds siding to the exterior of the home on Dean Street in Detroit Lakes on June 21, 2022.

Rebecca Mitchell / Fuller Center for Housing

“It’s a beautiful three-bedroom house,” said Jim Velde, president of the Fuller Center local chapter. “It was given to us by a Detroit Lakes family who lived on East Shore Drive.”

However, the land did not come with the house donation, so the chapter was granted a new location at 396 Dean Street; the building was moved to its permanent location in early June.

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The home donated to the Detroit Lakes chapter of the Fuller Center for Housing for its latest home project was moved from its original location on East Shore Drive to its permanent home on Dean Street earlier this month.

Beth Pridday / Fuller Center for Housing

“We made it a hiker,” Velde said. “The new family is just excited to be able to move in as soon as we’re done. We hope to have them in there by Labor Day.

“We’re tweaking it a bit on the outside, with new siding and new shingles on the roof; on the inside, we’re fixing a few cosmetic things. everything is torn now.”

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Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure support team members Pam VanHoose, left, and Cindy Hepp, center, work with local volunteers at a Fuller Center for Housing project on Dean Street in Detroit Lakes on June 21, 2022.

Rebecca Mitchell / Fuller Center for Housing

Building sessions will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Volunteers are also needed to bring snacks, although all time slots for this service are full for the month of July, according to a Wednesday, June 29 post on the Fuller Center Facebook page.

Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure Stops by Detroit Lakes

Recently, the Fuller Center’s annual Bicycle Adventure fundraiser made an overnight stop in Detroit Lakes.

Fuller Center volunteers are in the midst of a 10-week journey across the country, traveling 3,900 miles from Oregon to Maine to raise funds and awareness for the fight against poverty housing.

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Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure riders (front to back) Rolff Christensen, Steve Dobbs and Ron VanHoose ride between Fargo and Detroit Lakes on June 20, 2022.

Rebecca Mitchell / Fuller Center for Housing

A group of 17 cyclists arrived in Detroit Lakes on Monday, June 20, after a 61-mile ride from Fargo. After an overnight stay hosted by First Baptist Church, they spent an entire day working on the local Fuller Center house on Tuesday, June 21.

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Fuller Center for Housing leaders and Bicycle Adventure volunteers work on a home project in Detroit Lakes on June 21, 2022.

Rebecca Mitchell / Fuller Center for Housing

The group then attended the Tuesdays Picnic Fundraiser in Fuller Center Park at Detroit Lakes City Park.

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Fuller Center for Housing Bicycle Adventure participants and local home building volunteers (left to right) Ron VanHoose, Daryl Olson, Pam VanHoose and Tom Thibeau stop by the Detroit Lakes Chapter Fuller House fundraiser Tuesdays in the Park at City Park in Detroit Lakes on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Vicki Gerdes / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Four band members – Tom Thibeau of Bangor, Maine, Daryl Olson of Centralia, Washington, and Ron and Pam VanHoose of Nashville, Tennessee – sat down for an interview with the Detroit Lakes Tribune during the picnic, then had a another night in town before setting off again for the next leg of their journey on Wednesday, June 22.

“We started in Seaside, Oregon on May 21, and we’re going all the way to Portland, Maine, arriving on July 31,” Thibeau said. “When we’re done, we’ll have cycled just under 4,000 miles.”

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Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure participant Daryl Olson rides through the hills of North Dakota on June 17, 2022.

Rebecca Mitchell / Fuller Center for Housing

Thibeau, Olson and the Van Hooses all planned to be with the group for the entire cross-country trip, although some joined the bikers later in the trip, and others would leave before they reached the end.

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Cyclist Laverne Nakai of Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure rides on a windy day in North Dakota on June 15, 2022.

Rebecca Mitchell / Fuller Center for Housing

“We’ll put our rear tires in the Pacific and the front tires in the Atlantic,” Olson said.

“We are traveling through all the states that border Canada and the Great Lakes,” added Thibeau, noting that they would also be stopping in Niagara Falls.

“We’ll have half a day to explore Niagara,” Pam VanHoose said, “although most days we’ll get up early and move to the next town unless a construction day is scheduled.”

Van Hoose is part of the group following the riders in a support vehicle equipped with bike repair equipment, spare tires, first aid kits and other supplies.

“We make sure they get food and water every 20 miles or so, and help them if their bike breaks down,” she said, adding: “So far the The weather was pretty good and no one was hurt.”

If a cyclist needs a short rest, they can also ride in the support vehicle for a little while, until they have recovered their energy to continue, Van Hoose said, noting that participants ride between 50 and 100 miles each day of the trip. .

Tuesday’s construction day in Detroit Lakes was quite productive, Olson said, noting that they managed to remove the old siding from the house (the original structure was donated by an anonymous contributor and moved to the Dean Street location) and added new siding to three sides of the structure before stopping it and heading for the picnic.

“This (Detroit Lakes House) was the third of 7 builds we’ll do for the trip,” Van Hoose added, noting that while some were planning to stay and listen to the free Tuesdays in the Park concert hosted by the Historic Holmes Theater at 7 p.m., the four of them would probably return to their foster homes quite early, as they would leave at 8:30 a.m. the next morning.

In order to participate in the bike adventure, each of the riders was responsible for raising a minimum of $4,900, Thibeau said, with Olson adding that about 97% of the funds raised go directly to Fuller Center housing projects, as their food and shelter along the way is provided by local churches in each community.

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The Fuller Center Local Chapter Fundraising Picnic will be held every Tuesday through August 30 at Detroit Lakes City Park, in conjunction with the Holmes Theater Tuesdays Summer Concert Series in the park. Freshly grilled hot dogs and burgers with all the trimmings will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. when the music starts.

The suggested donation is $5 per plate, with proceeds going to support local Fuller Center projects, such as the current construction of the house.

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Musician Eric Reitan performs during a recent Tuesdays in the Park concert at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, June 14, 2022.

Vicki Gerdes / Detroit Lakes Tribune

The remaining concerts in the Tuesdays in the Park series include Mike Hokanson, July 5; Doc & the Scrubs on July 12 (as part of the Northwest Water Carnival festivities) and again on August 9; Generation Gap 2.0, July 19; Tim Eggebraaten, July 26; Ulen Centennial Band, August 2; DeMasi Brothers, August 16; Larry Swenson, August 23; Lakes Area Community Concert Band, August 30. There is no charge to attend, but a free offering will be taken.

What: Tuesdays in the park, with picnic provided by the Fuller Center for Housing and music provided by the Historic Holmes Theater
When: Every Tuesday in July and August, with picnic from 5.30 p.m. and music at 7 p.m.
Where: Detroit Lakes City Park (artists will perform at the bandstand)
How: Free offerings will be taken for the picnic (suggested donation of $5 per plate) and concert, with proceeds to support the Fuller Center for Housing and participating artists.