Indianapolis Is "Global Capital" Of HFH’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
Americus, Ga. - Jan. 16, 2001 - The world's largest nonprofit housing organization has chosen Indianapolis as its "global capital" for a worldwide celebration of 25 years of building safe, decent homes in partnership with people in need.
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) leaders joined leaders and supporters of the celebration - including Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon and First Lady Judy O'Bannon; Tony George, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway; and Larry Prible, chairman and CEO of Indianapolis Life—to announce HFHI's 25th Anniversary celebration, spotlight a statewide Indiana push to build 250 Habitat houses, and confirm that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will participate in the events Sept. 10-16.
"We are going to invite the entire world to Indianapolis," said Millard Fuller, HFHI founder, president and CEO. "When we gather in Indiana this fall, Indianapolis will become the focus of a global movement to make sure that every person on the face of the earth has a decent, safe place to call "home.""
Indiana's 69 local Habitat for Humanity affiliates will celebrate by initiating Project Build, an effort to build 250 houses throughout Indiana. For example, the Indianapolis Habitat affiliate is committed to build 25 houses in 25 days in the Flanner House neighborhood. The Gary, Ind., affiliate pledged to do a 10-house blitz build in September. Affiliates in Evansville, Elkhart, Muncie, South Bend, and many other communites across the state are planning special events as well. Habitat for Humanity affiliates have built over 1,000 homes throughout Indiana in past years, making significant contributions toward providing decent, affordable housing for low-income families.
President Carter has enthusiastically agreed to join the celebration in September in Indianapolis. "I would not want to miss the Silver Anniversary of the ministry I have admired and supported for so many years," President Carter said. "I look forward to celebrating this worldwide event with the people of Indiana."
Thousands of volunteers from around the world will converge on Indianapolis for a 25-house accelerated build in this city, and to devote significant time to study, preparation and inspiration during the Global Leadership Conference as HFHI moves forward in its effort to build as many houses in the coming five years as were built in the last 25 years: 100,000 homes.
"Indiana is excited about hosting Habitat for Humanity's 25th Anniversary Celebration this year," Governor O'Bannon said. "We have been strong supporters of Habitat's work and we're continuing that with a commitment to build 250 houses throughout the state this year."
Mrs. O'Bannon said, "The fact that Habitat for Humanity is making Indiana its focus for this 25th year is a true testament to our Hoosier commitment to our neighbors and our communities. Habitat epitomizes what it is that makes Indiana strong. That is, neighbor helping neighbor and the awareness the everybody needs a place to call home, both a building and a community."
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 76 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.