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Habitat’s 300,000th and 300,001st houses






Volunteers working on a house in Guatemala.




Habitat Collier County volunteers raise walls


The milestone houses mark a decade of major growth for Habitat

300,000th house
In November 2008, Habitat for Humanity celebrated a major milestone, raising walls on its 300,000th and 300,001st houses since it was founded in 1976. The 300,000th house — located in Naples, Fla. — is now the home of Medelsonne and Rose Garraux. The family of five had been living in a two-bedroom apartment that cost about 40 percent of the family’s income. Their housing costs in their new Habitat home were reduced by nearly a third.

300,001st house
A day later, volunteers in Zacapa, Guatemala, broke ground on the 300,001st house, signaling Habitat’s ongoing commitment to creating simple, decent housing around the world. Everson Galdamez and his wife Wendy Liliana Pérez are the owners of the Guatemala home. The family’s previous bamboo-frame house was torn down so that Habitat volunteers and the homeowners could build a sturdy and attractive cinderblock home in its place.

In remembrance
Habitat’s 300,000th house was built in remembrance of Mary Ann Durso, former executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, who died in May 2008. Mrs. Durso and her husband spent 15 years working as full-time volunteers to build the largest Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the United States. Under the leadership of the Dursos, Habitat of Collier County has helped provide more than 5,000 people with safe, decent and affordable shelter.

Celebratory prayer
A special prayer was written to commemorate these milestone houses.

Special thanks
Several national corporate partners were instrumental in helping Habitat reach its latest major home-building milestone. To learn more, see Snapshot of Habitat for Humanity’s National Partners and Sponsors.