The Story Of Habitat For Humanity

Formation and Growth of Habitat for Humanity

  • Formed in 1976 in Americus, Georgia
  • Goal of bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope
  • Grown into a worldwide organization
  • Provides affordable housing for those in need
  • Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalind began their service in 1984

The Carter Work Project

  • Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalind participated in the Carter Work Project
  • Held in Nashville in 2019
  • Over 1500 volunteers participated for a week
  • Served over 20 households in Nashville
  • President Carter is a champion for bringing people together to build homes and communities

Importance of Affordable Housing

  • Affordable housing is crucial for communities like Nashville and Atlanta
  • Rental housing costs are increasing rapidly
  • Habitat houses offer lower mortgage payments compared to inadequate rental homes
  • Buying a Habitat house provides a wonderful opportunity for affordable housing
  • Ensuring the need for affordable housing is taken care of is important for any community

Dedication of Volunteers

  • Thousands of volunteers are the lifeblood of Habitat for Humanity
  • Volunteers like Steve Lanehart and Kurt Denney have helped build hundreds of homes without pay
  • Volunteers play a vital role in making their community a better place to live
  • Habitat provides an opportunity for everyone to get to the starting line
  • Volunteers contribute to the sense of community and the power of building homes together

Impact on Home Recipients and Volunteers

  • Habitat provides a sense of peace and independence for home recipients
  • Being involved in building their own home makes it more special
  • Volunteers experience the joy of seeing a home come to life from a mere slab
  • Volunteers feel blessed and fulfilled by being part of the movement
  • Home recipients and volunteers mutually benefit from the Habitat experience

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