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20-House Easter Morning Blitz to be Held in Americus, Ga.

Habitat for Humanity Will Celebrate Easter By Building 20 Homes in One Week

Americus, Ga. - January, 14 1998 - Twenty families will greet Easter morning sunrise as new homeowners at the end of Americus/Sumter County Habitat for Humanity’s Holy Week blitz build April 4-12. Hammering to hail its Christian foundation, the affiliate will build the first 20 homes of the new Easter Morning Subdivision, a 65-acre plot off US Highway 19, northwest of downtown Americus.

Churches, both local and from afar, as well as several individuals, corporations and foundations have committed to sponsor houses. The entire faith community will be an important factor in the fund-raising and volunteer components of the build. A volunteer work force of more than 1,000 people is needed to complete 20 homes in time for new homeowners to move in on Saturday and wake up in their new homes on Easter morning. Eventually, the subdivision will be home to 142 families.

“Many people know that Habitat builds houses. With the Easter Morning Build, we want to illustrate why we build houses,” said Millard Fuller, Habitat founder and president. “We build to give hands-on demonstration of our belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ.”

In Sumter County, Habitat has built or renovated more than 300 homes. As a partner in the Sumter County Initiative (SCI), a consortium of local government agencies, businesses, and individuals, the Sumter County Habitat affiliate is working to eliminate substandard housing in Americus/Sumter County by the year 2000.

“We are working to impact our own community, changing people’s lives for the better,” says Desi Wynter, executive director of Sumter County Habitat for Humanity. “Our faith says that we must love our neighbor as we love ourselves and by helping families help themselves, we are doing just that.”

Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International seeks to eliminate poverty housing worldwide. An ecumenical Christian housing ministry, Habitat works in partnership with people in need, building simple, decent shelter that is sold at no profit, through no-interest loans. With affiliates in 60 countries, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 60,000 houses, sheltering more than 300,000 people.