2010: Brighter futures in Minneapolis
In 2010, thousands of volunteers joined President and Mrs. Carter in Baltimore and Annapolis, Md.; Birmingham, Ala; Washington D.C.; and Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.
In Minnesota, President Carter was joined by Walter Mondale, his former vice president, and Sen. Al Franken. The Minneapolis homes were part of the Hawthorne Eco Village, in which Twin Cities Habitat is one of several partners. The Carter Work Project became a catalyst for more Habitat work in the neighborhood, which has since reduced crime and increased owner-occupied housing.
The first two children reading in the video above are Symphonie and Vera Lawson, sisters who live in the Hawthorne neighborhood. Their house was one of 26 homes built, renovated and repaired for families in Minneapolis and St. Paul during the 2010 Carter Work Project. Two years after moving in, both girls were winners of Twin Cities Habitat’s annual essay contest, “What My Habitat Home Means to Me.”
The girls’ observations bring to mind something that President Carter said during his days on the Minnesota build sites: “Habitat gives us a more defining description of what a human right is: the right to live in a decent home, to have education for our children, health care, a decent job, self-respect, and a chance for our children to look to the future with optimism.”