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Habitat for Humanity Co-Founder Receives National Award



AMERICUS, Ga., Sept. 18, 2002 - Linda Fuller, co-founder of Habitat for Humanity International, will receive the Award of National Recognition at the Alternatives 2002 Conference on Sept. 19 in Atlanta for her work in providing affordable housing for people living with mental illness. The Alternatives 2002 Conference’s advisory committee, made up of 32 mental health service consumers from across the United States, unanimously selected Fuller for the award.

“The Alternatives Conference celebrates self-help and empowerment for people who have mental illness,” said Bob Glover, executive director of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. “It is fitting that Linda Fuller is being recognized at the conference. Her project, A Partnership to Open Doors, gives people with mental illness the chance to work towards the concrete goal of homeownership as they work towards their own recovery.”

Fuller founded “A Partnership to Open Doors,” a Habitat for Humanity International partnership with the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), to build houses with people who suffer from mental illness. These Habitat houses have been built in Denver and Indianapolis, and there are upcoming builds scheduled in the Atlanta area.

The award will be presented Thursday, Sept. 19 at the 9 a.m. opening session and welcome panel, during which Dr. David Satcher, former surgeon general of the U.S., will also be recognized. Alternatives 2002 is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Peachtree Street North East.

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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 3,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.