Affiliate partners -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1
Each year, former president Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter lend their hands to Habitat for Humanity during the weeklong Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. This year we are celebrating a special milestone, recognizing President and Mrs. Carter for their 25 years of dedicated service to Habitat for Humanity.
The 2008 Carter Work Project will be hosted by Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the cities of Biloxi, Pascagoula and Gulfport, Mississippi. The event will help to draw attention to the U.S. Gulf Coast, reminding people of the region’s ongoing needs and celebrating the 1,300 Habitat homes already built as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Gulf Recovery Effort.
In addition to the work being done at our host affiliate’s sites, the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2008 encompasses work being done by 17 other Gulf Coast Habitat for Humanity affiliate, from Mobile, Alabama, to Houston, Texas.
By the end of 2008, these participating affiliates in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama will build more than 250 houses built in the project’s name. Here’s an overview of the affiliates involved in this project to help get more families in homes along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (Biloxi, Miss.)
As the host affiliate for the 2008 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast will build and repair 60 houses while another 48 houses will be framed for later assembly. HFHMGC serves Harrison, Jackson and Stone counties along the Mississippi River. Since Katrina, HFH of the Mississippi Gulf Coast has completed or started construction on 170 homes. The affiliate is committed to providing the Mississippi Gulf Coast with clean, decent, affordable and safe homes. While eradication of poverty housing is a challenge in all locations, it is particularly challenging here in the light of Hurricane Katrina. The affiliate will tackle the challenge head-on during the Carter Work Project. Ten new houses will be built in Biloxi, another 20 will go up in nearby Pascagoula and 30 more will be repaired in Gulfport. In addition, 48 new house frames will be built to be used by the affiliate later this year. www.hfhmgc.org
Family Stories: The Barbara McGee family – The Monroe family – The Mary and Carla Bunch family – The Daisy Garner family – The Biloxi Lighthouse – Mary Spinks Thigpen – The Melissa Jackson family – The Sherry Anderson family
Bay-Waveland Habitat for Humanity (Bay St. Louis/Waveland, Miss.)
Bay-Waveland Habitat for Humanity was formally incorporated in January 2008, but staff members and volunteers had already built 50 houses as part of a special disaster recovery project organized by Metro Jackson Habitat for Humanity. Moving forward, the Bay-Waveland affiliate has set the goal of building 40 houses a year. For this year’s Carter Work Project, the affiliate will build houses in partnership with 41 families. http://www.habitatbaywaveland.org
Family Story: The Roxanne Fairconnetue family – The Stephanie Flores family
Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity (Thibodaux, La.)
In its first nine years of operation, the Bayou Area affiliate built 26 houses; in the two years since Hurricane Katrina, it has built 79. For this year’s Carter Work Project, the affiliate is building nine houses. www.bayouhabitat.org
Family Story: The Dianne Trahan Family
Calcasieu Area Habitat for Humanity (Lake Charles, La.)
Before Hurricane Rita, the Calcasieu Area HFH built two to four houses a year. Now they build 10 a year. For this year’s Carter Work Project, the affiliate is building three houses. www.hfhca.org
Family Story: The Jamie Goodwin family
East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity (Slidell, La.)
From its incorporation in 1992 until Katrina, East St. Tammany Parish Habitat for Humanity had built 24 homes. Since the hurricane, the affiliate has built 65 homes and renovated or repaired 13. At this year’s Carter Work Project, staff members and volunteers will build 10 houses. www.esthfh.org
Family Story: Anthony and Jessica Talamo family
George County Habitat for Humanity (Lucedale, Miss.)
Between February 2007 and February 2008, George County HFH built 15 houses. Plans are to build 10 more before the end of 2008. For this year’s Carter Work Project, George County HFH will build 10 houses. Phone: (601) 766-0730.
Family Story: Belinda and Earl Phillips Family
Greater Baton Rouge Habitat for Humanity (Baton Rouge, La.)
Since its founding in 1989, the affiliate has built nearly 200 houses in the eight parishes it serves: East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Point Coupee, East and West Feliciana, Livingston, and Ascension. For this year’s Carter Work Project, Habitat of Greater Baton Rouge is building 13 houses. www.habitatbr.org
Family Story: The Madeline Watts family
Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
Before the calamitous hurricanes of 2005, the Hattiesburg affiliate built one or two houses a year. Moving forward, the goal is to build 15 houses a year. As part of this year’s Carter Work Project, Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity will dedicate two houses and start construction on three others. www.hattiesburghabitat.org
Family Story: The Latasha Hill family
Houston Habitat for Humanity (Houston, Texas)
Houston Habitat for Humanity, one of the top 20 homebuilders in the country, built 50 houses a year before 2005. In 2006, the affiliate built 133. For this year’s Carter Work Project, Houston Habitat is building 35 new homes. www.houstonhabitat.org
Family Story: Stephanie and Paris Warren Sr. family
Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County (Beaumont, Texas)
Before Hurricane Rita, Jefferson County HFH built about four houses a year. In 2006, the affiliate built 21; in 2007, 18. For this year’s Carter Work Project, the affiliate is building two houses. www.beaumonthabitat.org
Family Story: The Gloria Prudhomme family
Lafayette Habitat for Humanity (Lafayette, La.)
Lafayette HFH has built 21 homes since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita wreaked havoc in the summer of 2005. As part of this year’s Carter Work Project, the affiliate is starting construction on 12 homes in a rural subdivision near Kaplan in Vermilion Parish. http://local.habitat.org/lafayettela
Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity (Meridian, Miss.)
Before the 2005 hurricane season, Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity built two or three houses a year in and around Meridian. In a 16-month period following the storms, the affiliate built 13 houses and rehabilitated three others. As part of the 2008 Carter Work Project, Lauderdale County HFH will build two houses. Phone: (601) 485-4992.
Family Story: The Tiffany Dellsperger and Tony Backus family
Habitat for Humanity Metro Jackson (Jackson, Miss.)
The affiliate built 41 houses with Jackson partner families in 2006 and 33 in 2007; it’s on track to build 35 by the end of 2008. For this year’s Carter Work Project, the Jackson affiliate will build 25 houses. www.habitatjackson.org
Family Story: The Debra Boyd Brown Family
Habitat for Humanity in Mobile County (Mobile, Ala.)
Before the hurricanes of 2005, Habitat for Humanity in Mobile County built about six houses a year. Since the devastation, the goal is to build 46 a year. For the 2008 Carter Work Project, the affiliate is building 30 houses. www.habitatmobile.org
Family Story: The Margaret Carlton family
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (New Orleans, La.)
In the past quarter-century, more than 200 families have moved into affordable homes through New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. For this special Carter Work Project, New Orleans Area Habitat is going to build more than 90 houses in the most devastated parts of the city. www.habitat-nola.org
Family Stories: The Chaquidra Martin Family -- The Takiva Gray family – The Vanessa Anderson family
Pearl River County Habitat for Humanity (Picayune, Miss.)
Pearl River County Habitat for Humanity is based in Picayune, operating out of an office at First United Methodist Church. For this year’s Carter Work Project, Pearl River County HFH will build four houses. www.habitat-prcms.org
Family Story: The Lynnsey Barnes family
Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West (Covington, La.)
For this year’s Carter Work Project, the St. Tammany West affiliate will lead more than 300 volunteers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia to build 10 houses in West Abita Nursery in Covington in a five-day blitz build. In addition, 20 more houses will either be started or dedicated as part of the Carter Work Project. www.habitatstw.org
Family Stories: The Middleton family – The Kimberley Stewart family – The Miller family
Washington Parish Habitat for Humanity (Bogalusa, La.)
Before Hurricane Katrina, Washington Parish Habitat for Humanity, based in Franklinton, built one house a year. Since Katrina, the affiliate has built 12 houses, with another five to be finished before the end of 2008. For this year’s Carter Work Project, the affiliate is building five houses.
Phone: (985) 281-4955.