Tomorrow, in former President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, Ga., Habitat for Humanity will dedicate its 100,001st house -- the first in a campaign to build another 100,000 Habitat houses by the year 2005.
Lloyd Troyer, long-time Habitat friend and volunteer, is heading up construction of the house that will belong to Eugene and Michele Hughley.
Troyer has been a house leader for 12 consecutive Jimmy Carter Work Projects. Earlier this year he was invited to South Korea to observe a 32-unit blitz build. He was subsequently asked to assist with planning for the JCWP 2001, which will take place in six South Korean locations.
Encouraged by his brother Leroy, who had participated in the JCWP 1986 in Chicago, Troyer first worked with Habitat in Milwaukee, Wis., during the JCWP 1989. He was a house leader for that event.
A retired commercial contractor and land developer, in 1993 Troyer and his wife Loretta moved to Americus for two years, while he served as project manager for the complete renovation of the Rylander building, Habitat's new international headquarters.
Since 1995, the Troyers have made annual trips to Americus from their home in Middlebury, Ind., to spend the months of November through March visiting Habitat friends and volunteering in HFHI's Finance department.
This week the Troyers and thousands of other volunteers from around the world made the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2000 a great success. Through their efforts another 157 families have been provided with simple, decent, affordable homes.