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Habitat Responds to String of Church Burnings

Habitat for Humanity International Responds to String of Church Burnings

June 11, 1996 - Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) and the National Council of Churches (NCC) are joining together to assist in the rebuilding of churches which have been damaged or destroyed by fire over the last 18 months. Habitat for Humanity, a leading home builder throughout the world, will aid the rebuilding efforts by coordinating volunteers to work on the rebuilding project.

Habitat for Humanity has already been part of the rebuilding effort in Alabama through its Alabama Association of Habitat for Humanity, which has coordinated volunteers who are helping to rebuild three of the five churches that were burned in that state.

HFHI will gather the names of people with construction experience who are willing to participate in the church rebuilding program and coordinate with the NCC as to where people are most needed. If people are interested at this time, they can contact 1-800 HABITAT or Rebuilding_Churches@habitat.org.

The NCC is the preeminent expression in the United States of the movement for Christian unity. Comprising 33 Protestant and Orthodox member denominations, including most of the nation’s historically African American denominations, the NCC has a total constituency of 52 million. From its formation in 1950, the NCC has spoken and acted consistently and forcefully for racial justice and civil rights. They also are involved in international disaster relief; refugee assistance and development aid, educational and worship resources for congregations, Bible translations and efforts that bring people of faith together to address poverty.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Habitat works in partnership with people in need throughout the world building simple, decent shelter that is sold to them at no profit, through no-interest loans. Funds, building materials and labor are donated by individuals, churches, corporations and other organizations who share our goal of eliminating substandard housing in the world. Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat is headquartered in Americus, GA.