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Old apartments get new look, new life
Challenged families to benefit from project
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Volunteers from Connection Church prep the roof on a former hotel/apartment complex on U.S. 301 North Thursday in anticipation for Sunday's gathering of 10 churches to restore the building for use by Fostering Families Bulloch. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

    An old apartment complex will be getting a new look soon as Fostering Families Bulloch, along with volunteers from several organizations and churches, renovates the buildings on U.S. 301 North.
    The apartments will be used to  house families needing help making positive life changes, said Fostering Families Bulloch founder Chris Yaughn.
    Fostering Families Bulloch is an organization that supports fostering children and families that do so.
    This week, members of Connections Church, including Joseph Carnes, and Lifespring Church have been tackling the former motel-turned-apartments just north of Veteran’s Memorial Parkway.
    “We have access to (use) them for a number of years,” Yaughn said. The apartments will be renovated and used as “a controlled Christian environment for families to purposefully reshape their lives,” he said.
    The apartments are in poor repair and will require materials as well as labor to restore to livable condition. Yaughn hopes donations of time, effort and materials will help transform the buildings into pleasant homes.
    Sunday, at least 10 area churches will have volunteers working on the project, he said. ”We hope to have each unit adopted by a group, and they can restore it from the inside out,” he said. “The structure is there.”
    Connections and Lifespring churches asked to be involved in the project and others have come forth expressing interest, he said.
    The owner of the apartments agreed to allow Fostering Families Bulloch the use of the apartments in exchange for renovations. Yaughn hopes the restored apartments will give challenged families new starts.
    “Maybe this is the kind of place to give them a chance,” he said.
    The apartments have not yet been named, he said. Suggestions for names are welcome.
    Materials, labor and time still are needed, even though the community work day Sunday promises to accomplish a great deal, he said.
    Anyone interested in taking part in the project may contact Yaughn at fosteringbulloch@aol.com.
   
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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