NYC Mayor Eric Adams volunteers at Fuller Center build-a-thon for veterans in The Bronx
THE BRONX, New York City — The mayor of America’s largest city, Eric Adams, showed up at John F. Kennedy High School in The Bronx on Saturday to swing a hammer and run a chop saw with The Fuller Center for Housing of Greater New York City.
The Fuller Center hosted a build-a-thon at which volunteers built furniture for formerly homeless veterans to thank them for their service. The event was held in partnership with the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services.
Fuller Center of Greater New York City Executive Director Jim Killoran also presented Mayor Adams with its Millard Fuller Award for his leadership and service on veterans issues.
“We are blessed to have a great partnership with the NYC Department of Veterans’ Services. and the Mayor’s office,” Killoran said. “This furniture build-a-thon is a catalyst — a call that every veteran should have decent furniture and a simple decent place to live.
“It was an honor to present Mayor Adams with the Millard Fuller Legend Award for his commitment to veterans, housing, and for swinging a hammer … and using a chopsaw with The Fuller Center of Greater New York City!” Killoran added. “Millard Fuller’s call that everyone should have a simple decent home is speaking louder than ever to all of us to hear!”
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This historic neighborhood of 60 plus homes is located in Yonkers. It was initially filled with workers homes for the factories of the nearby carpet mills, but recently many of the homes have fallen into disrepair.
We are excited to help rehab a veterans home in the area, while also helping to rehab multiple seniors’ homes who are adjacent neighbors. Additionally, our #NMU (No More Ugly) neighborhood revitalization efforts have helped transform the area. Thousands of hours of volunteer labor has been integral in creating planters, painting railings, creating pocket parks and more.
A once blighted neighborhood, we took these former crack houses and zombie homes off the tax roll and turned them into livable homes for veterans and families. All together, we have worked on more than 75 new and rehabbed homes in Yonkers. We have completely transformed whole neighborhoods with our NMU, No More Ugly, movement, and have saved millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money. We are beautifying neighborhoods and making dreams come true!
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