"It's fulfilling, it's a wonderful experience for us."|
This year's Jimmy Carter Work Project completed another 157 houses. During Habitat's Building on Faith Week, Sept. 11-17, the former President and Mrs. Carter joined thousands of volunteers in New York City, Jacksonville, Fla., and Sumter County, Ga., for the JCWP 2000. The weeklong event included the dedication of Habitat's 100,000th house and the beginning of a campaign to build another 100,000 houses by 2005.
On Sept. 11th the former President and Mrs. Carter arrived in New York City, home of the first JCWP 17 years ago. In Brooklyn 12 houses were built while a 10-unit rehab took place in Harlem. At the end of the week, the New York affiliate had the honor of dedicating Habitat's 100,000th house.
Two days later, on Sept. 13th the Carters arrived in Jacksonville, Fla., joining volunteers in support of a formidable 3-week, 100-house effort sponsored by HabiJax, the local affiliate.
Moving on to Sumter County, home of Habitat for Humanity's international headquarters, on Sept. 14th the Carters returned to their home town of Plains, Ga., for the third and final phase of the JCWP 2000. Thirty-five houses were built in two Sumter County locations: 30 houses in The Easter Morning Community in Americus, and 5 houses at Milestone Estates in Plains.
Wrapping up the week on Friday, Sept. 15, the former President and Mrs. Carter were on hand in Plains to celebrate Habitat's 100,001st house dedication and the realization of the Sumter County Initiative -- the combined efforts of Habitat and local community groups to provide all Sumter County residents the option of simple, decent, affordable housing.
"Everyone -- all of us, every last person on God's earth -- deserves decent shelter," stated Millard Fuller, Habitat's founder and president. "It speaks to the most basic of human needs -- our home -- the soil from which all of us, every last person, either blossom or wither. We each have need of food, clothing, education, medical care, and companionship; but first, we must have a place to live and grow."
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