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Habitat Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Habitat for Humanity International Celebrates 20 Years of Home and Hope Building

September 1, 1996 - Thousands of people sharing the vision of eliminating poverty housing worldwide will unite the weekend of August 30-September 1 in Atlanta, GA, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Habitat for Humanity International. Anniversary participants will rejoice in Habitat’s success even as they reflect on the continuing need for affordable, decent shelter–an issue as critical today as it was when Habitat founder Millard Fuller first stumbled upon this “simple idea that works” in 1976.

“This anniversary celebration is a time to reflect upon Habitat’s humble beginnings 20 years ago and its incredible growth throughout the last two decades,” says Fuller. “Habitat has brought together hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world who have helped make a difference; we come together to celebrate our accomplishments but realize we have so much more work to do in eliminating substandard housing from the world. We must not be complacent. Millions of people still languish in truly pitiful living conditions throughout the United States and around the world.”

The event theme, Framing the Future on Foundations of the Past, will be foremost on everyone’s mind as the weekend kicks off with a welcome to the hundreds of cyclists and walkers from locations as diverse as Olympia, WA, and Americus, GA. Events for the remainder of the weekend include a vespers service, a variety of workshops and seminars, a classic Habitat for Humanity “Habitation”, and a 20th birthday party for the international housing organization.

Immediately following the Anniversary events, Habitat volunteers will begin looking ahead to 20 more years of home and hope building as they pick up hammers and set to work on a 20-home blitz build in Habitat’s home town of Americus, GA, where the vision began. The blitz will occur in conjunction with the Sumter County Initiative, an ambitious local effort to rid Habitat’s home county of poverty housing by the year 2000.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to making decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat works in partnership with people in need to build simple, decent shelter that is sold at no profit, through no-interest loans. Founded in Americus, GA, by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International has over 1,200 affiliates located in all 50 states and more than 250 international affiliates coordinating some 800 building programs in nearly 50 countries.