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Jimmy Carter started Habitat…
FALSE! Millard and Linda Fuller developed the concept of “partnership housing.” The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build decent, affordable houses. The houses would be built at no profit. New homeowners’ house payments would be combined with no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fundraising to create “The Fund for Humanity,” which would then be used to build more homes.
In 1973, the Fullers decided to take the Fund for Humanity concept overseas. After three years of hard work to launch a successful house building program, the Fullers returned to the United States and called together a group of supporters to discuss the future of their dream: Habitat for Humanity International, founded in 1976.
President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn became involved in 1984 and have been long-time advocates and volunteers and really the face of Habitat’s mission and vision.
What about the history of Habitat for Humanity in Jefferson County?
A group from Madison was inspired after doing a build in Terre Haute, Indiana. They soon began the process to open an affiliate and were approved in October of 1993. The first home was completed in 1996. Offices were originally in Madison Presbyterian. In 2011, we moved up to Madison’s hilltop and opened the ReStore. In Jefferson County, we’ve helped over 23 families either though new construction or home repair.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Humility, Courage and Accountability
A world where everyone has a decent place
• Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
• (Although, Habitat does not require people
• to adhere or convert to any specific faith to
• participate in any programs)
• Focus on shelter.
• Advocate for affordable housing.
• Promote dignity and hope.
• Support sustainable and transformative
Our dedicated staff:
Samantha, Diana, Cory, Steve, Rachel,
Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With community support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families.
Habitat serves as a voice for people in need of decent housing by working to change laws and shape policies that affect access to housing through advocacy from local affiliates to global campaigns.
Local affiliates of Habitat international are autonomous but support the mission and vision within their own communities.
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