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Thirty First Ladies Build in Partnership with Habitat

Americus, Ga. - July 13, 1999 - Habitat for Humanity International announced today that 30 governors’ wives have committed to participate in “First Ladies Build.” State first ladies will work with other women volunteers to build Habitat for Humanity houses in or near their state capitals.

Arkansas First Lady Janet Huckabee and Indiana First Lady Judy O’Bannon have already completed their First Ladies Build homes. First Ladies Build is the premier program of Habitat for Humanity’s recently formed Women Build department and will continue through 2000.

Cathy Keating, first lady of Oklahoma, joined Mrs. Huckabee at her build. “What better way to be a part of the American Dream than for women to join together to build houses, futures and memories with families in need?” she asked.

Habitat for Humanity International formed the Women Build department to promote women’s involvement in building homes with people in need. A women-built house provides women with a non-threatening environment in which to learn construction skills.

On a Women Build, as with any build, the Habitat partner family works alongside the volunteers to contribute “sweat equity.” The partner family then purchases the home through a no profit, no-interest loan.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit worldwide, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The homes are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 75,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 375,000 people worldwide. It has affiliates in every state of the United States and in 63 other countries around the world.