Fauquier Community Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving living conditions for the poor in Fauquier County, Virginia. Consisting largely of local churches and other non-profit groups, we bring together people and resources in the community to provide firewood and critical home repairs to those in need. We also produce a periodic Poverty Report based on extensive research that is used to both educate the community and to inspire positive changes in the future. The organization was started by Mr. Lynn Ward, a retired local educator with a passion for helping the poor.
Over the years, Mr. Ward has tirelessly spoken with local church congregations, garnering their help in numerous home renovation projects. Since forming in November of 2014, our organization now has a 6+ year history of meeting the basic needs of Fauquier’s most vulnerable citizens through direct and collaborative assistance.
Success Stories: Our Impact
As Journaled by FCC Founder Lynn Ward
I don't know how old the house was, but the single mother that owned it showed me a 35 foot+ hand dug well that supplied lots of water. The price was $100 and 4 pigs. 25% of the house was under a pitched roof which leaked a little. 75% of the slightly pitched roof leaked a lot. You could walk back there and see a lot of sky. Not only was the plywood rotted, but some of the rafters were also bad. We had a feeling that this was beyond us. But somehow this job got a buzz. People were showing up that I had never seen before, and some of them actually knew what they were doing.
Ripping off an entire roof creates both tons of trash and lots of work.
Someone gave us a sizable donation which hadn't ever happened before. Because of the low slope, we had to put rolls of rubber roofing on the roof, and if the sticky sides happened to fold together, two elephants couldn't pull them apart. But in a month plus of Saturday work, we got it done.
One of our biggest jobs was a house built in 1890 and added on until it had 9 rooms, only 5 habitable. It had 6 children and 2 adults. A tree had knocked down their chimney so they used kerosene heaters which were so old the fumes would not allow a smoke detector. My wife lasted five minutes and had to run outside. If someone knocks over a heater during the night, there will probably be 8 dead people. The fuse box electricity was 85% shot. In the kitchen there was no counter, no sink and no cabinets. The residents said, "Masters gave us this land" so there were several owners. There were at least 25 pickup loads of trash because the many owners left their stuff there.
Each child received an individually decorated room in their chosen colors with numerous decorations. Some church ladies helped with this. A Kettle Run student called me (their student volunteer club worked on this) to tell me he had slept too late to help that day. He said his father (in honor of his own father who was extremely poor) would redo the electricity in the house for free. We were shopping at Home Depot for a 20 ft. long counter which had a right angle turn and trying to figure out how to do that. A man was listening and said, "What are you guys doing?" We told him and he said, "This is on me" and paid.