Save a House/Make a Home

A Housing Initiative that benefits families, financial institutions, and the market

There are thousands of houses sitting vacant in Lake County, IL, contributing to a drag on the local housing market. At the same time, there are hundreds of decent families living in substandard housing ... or, worse, homeless. According to RealtyTrac, there are more than 3000 vacant houses in Waukegan alone, needlessly exacerbating the crisis in the housing market.


We help banks and financial institutions rid themselves of properties that have become a cost burden; and we refurbish those houses and turn them into homes for families. This, in turn, bolsters a struggling housing market. It also improves entire neighborhoods.

Greater Blessings

A Housing Initiative to restore homes to decent, livable conditions

Thousands of people in Lake County own their own homes, yet lack the funds or physical ability to keep them in a state of minimum repair. Many of these homes could be restored to a livable condition with a few hundred to a few thousand dollars and a few days of labor. The Fuller Center for Housing - Hero Project Lake County can help. Homeowners can apply to HERO PROJECT LAKE COUNTY to have their homes restored to a simple, decent living condition. The program seeks to aid homeowners with extremely limited income who cannot afford, for example, to replace a leaking roof, fix broken windows or repair hazardous kitchens or bathrooms.

The Greater Blessing program is based on Jesus’ teaching that it is more blessed to give than to receive, allowing homeowners to experience the "greater blessing" of giving.

The greatest need is for volunteers to help with construction and donors to fund the projects. Help give a family in need the lasting gift of health, security and happiness.

Manna Garden Project

A Wellness Initiative to Address Waukegan's Food Desert

The Manna Garden Project is a local food community initiative that has been addressing the food desert in Waukegan over the last 3 years through its Friday Free Farmers Market. We collected over 80,000 lbs of fresh food via our church, community and business partners.

The Manna Garden Project started as a free farmers market to provide fresh food options to the under-resourced residents of the Southside of Waukegan. It was launched by a grassroots coalition of churches who had a desire to resolve this problem. After attempting to get grocers to come into the neighborhood (to no avail), the plan for the free farmers market was a good temporary solution.

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141 S. Genesee St, Suite A

Waukegan, IL 60085