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HFH Easter Morning Build 1999 Focuses on Faith

Habitat for Humanity Focuses on Faith this Easter
More than 1,000 volunteers to build 25 homes during Holy Week

Americus, Ga. - March 28, 1999 - More than 1,000 volunteers from all across the U.S. will gather in Americus, Ga. during Holy Week to put their faith into action by working with Americus-Sumter County Habitat for Humanity’s Easter Morning Build. Working side by side with several future homeowner-families, the volunteers will build 25 new houses with Sumter County families who presently live in substandard conditions.

The decision to build during Holy Week emphasizes Habitat’s commitment to ministering as a Christian organization. “Many people know that Habitat builds houses. With the Easter Morning Build, we want to illustrate why we build houses,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “We build as a hands-on demonstration of our belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ.”

The Easter Morning Build begins Friday evening, March 26, with a special ceremony welcoming the volunteers to Americus. Framing of the homes will start early Saturday morning, with construction continuing through to Maundy Thursday. Should all go to plan, all 25 houses will be dedicated on Good Friday, the families will move into their homes on Saturday. The new homeowners and volunteers will then join together at the work site one last time for an Easter morning sunrise service, led by local churches, celebrating the hope and rebirth announced in Christ’s resurrection and witnessed to in the new life the homeonwers will begin that day.

The Easter Morning Build is part of the Sumter County Initiative (SCI). Established in 1992 by local residents committed to eliminating poverty housing in Sumter county by September 2000, the SCI is a cooperative effort of Habitat for Humanity, local government, churches and other civic groups.

“It is increasingly difficult to find a substandard house in Sumter County because SCI has been active in targeting substandard houses and in providing alternatives of decent, safe, affordable homes for many residents,” said Desi Wynter, executive director for the Americus-Sumter County Habitat for Humanity affiliate . “The 1999 Easter Morning Build is an important step toward the eradication of substandard housing in this community.”

SCI is demonstrating how a concerted effort in any community can afford all residents the opportunity to live in decent homes. At least 12 other communities across the U.S. have followed in Sumter CountyÕs lead, announcing their intention to work with Habitat for Humanity to eliminate substandard housing in their communities.

The houses being built by Habitat for Humanity during the Easter Morning Build are in the Easter Morning Community, a 142-lot subdivision in the northwest corner of Americus just off U.S. Highway 19. The subdivision was opened last year during the first Easter Morning project, during which 20 new homes were built.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. Habitat 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 70,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 350,000 people worldwide. It has affiliates in every state of the United States and in 60 other countries around the world.