Memory of Bossier teen inspires new home, new start 0

Posted on 22, August 2012

in Category Community, New Construction, News, Television, Volunteer


KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) – With an oversized pair of scissors, Charles and Vernita Brown cut the ribbon on their new home. But becoming homeowners wasn’t that easy. Mr. Brown first overcame addictions, he and his wife were once living in a shelter, and dozens of volunteers worked for two months to build their home, from the ground up. And a young Bossier teen named Katy Watkins, who died in a 2006 car accident, inspired them all.

“Katy was a understated, humble, steady, committed young person, ” said Asbury program director Angela Pfanner. She says Katy was the ultimate volunteer, always anxious for the next big church mission. So this Fuller Center build was named ‘Katy Build’, in her honor.

‘Katy Build’ honors Bossier teen killed in crash

“With this going on, her name will live on, “said a very excited Vernita Brown, knowing she’d be moving into her home in just hours.

A joint venture between the Fuller Center for Housing and Asbury United Methodist Church helped the Browns achieve the new start they’ve worked so hard for. After building 44 new homes for qualified families in Shreveport, The Fuller Center completed their first home in Bossier City’s McCall subdivision. The Renesting Project led the charge in furnishing the Brown’s new home, with help from a couple of local businesses.

To learn more about Katy Watkins, The Fuller Center for Housing or the Renesting Project, watch our report or click on any of the attached links.

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