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Home Interiors, Habitat to dedicate women-built homes

Home Interiors & Gifts, one of the nation’s largest direct sellers of home décor accessories, and its foundation, A Pocketful of Hope® Charities, helped to raise funds to pay for construction through the sale of its exclusive, limited edition Summer Garden Candle and Shade

GRAND CHUTE, Wis., June 22, 2004 — Two new Habitat for Humanity families will be given a Bible and house keys , Sunday, June 27, at 2 p.m., as volunteers gather to dedicate the homes built entirely by all-women crews. Working for the past three weekends, concerned women from the community have given their time and energy to completely build the houses from the ground up during Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat’s fifth annual Women Build.

“We are grateful that women in this community have worked hard to make simple, decent homes a reality for low-income families,” said John Weyenberg, executive director of Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat. “I am also grateful to Home Interiors & Gifts for their efforts in raising funds to pay for the houses and also volunteering to work on the homes.”

Home Interiors & Gifts, one of the nation’s largest direct sellers of home décor accessories, and its foundation, A Pocketful of Hope® Charities, helped to raise funds to pay for construction through the sale of its exclusive, limited edition Summer Garden Candle and Shade. In addition to the houses in Grand Chute, Home Interiors & Gifts is helping to sponsor and build seven other Habitat Women Build homes across the United States and one in Mexico.

“Home Interiors champions the dignity and importance of women, and believes that the home is a haven and the greatest influence on the character of mankind,” said Mike Lohner, chief executive officer of Home Interiors & Gifts. “By partnering with Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, we empower and train women to build not only homes, but also lives, which is also Home Interiors’ mission.”

Besides presenting the new house keys to homeowners, Home Interiors & Gifts will also hang front door wreaths and deliver welcome packages, which include exclusive home décor items in the Home Interiors collections.

For Diane Angeletti and her children, 10-year-old Logan, seven-year-old Orion, and six-year-old Calypso, the new Habitat home will bring a peace of mind that the family has long needed. It has been a struggle for Diane to find adequate and safe housing, while trying to raise two autistic children. The family’s current apartment is on the second floor with an easily accessible water heater that presents dangers for her children with special needs. Diane’s new home is designed with certain precautions, such as a locked furnace and water heater room, to allow the family to live in a safe environment.

About Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc.
Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc., is a member of the Direct Selling Association, and markets exclusive home decorative products through non-employee, independent decorating consultants in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada. Founded in 1957, the Dallas-based company reported net sales of more than $617 million in 2003.Founded in 1957, the Dallas-based company reported sales of more than $570 million in 2002. Home Interiors & Gifts’ premium brands include Thomas Kinkade®, Boehm at Home™ and the Better Homes and Gardens™ Collection. For more information, please visit Home Interiors on the Web at

About A Pocketful of Hope® Charities
Throughout the years, Home Interiors & Gifts has established a rich legacy of giving to others. It is estimated that Home Interiors has given more than $65 million to charitable causes and community organizations since 1957. However, Home Interiors was inspired to officially create A Pocketful of Hope® Charities in response to the tragic events that befell our nation on September 11, 2001. With its initial fundraising campaign benefiting the victims and families of 9/11, A Pocketful of Hope raised $1,000,000 for the American Red Cross’ Liberty Disaster Relief Fund. Home Interiors & Gifts and A Pocketful of Hope Charities have raised funds and awareness for organizations that support issues relevant to women, children and families through various successful campaigns. Past beneficiaries include the American Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity International and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

About Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities in which all people can live and flourish. By providing a hand-up, not a hand-out, Habitat for Humanity helps families realize their dreams of owning a simple and decent home. Through a commitment of sweat equity, no-interest mortgage payments and the expectation they will continue to support other Habitat projects, homeownership will become a reality for qualifying families.

About Women Build
The mission of the Women Build department of Habitat for Humanity International is to work through affiliates to nurture, recruit and train women to build simple, decent, healthy and affordable houses. More than 450 Habitat houses have been built in the United States by women crews. Lowe’s is the national underwriter of the Women Build program. For more information on Habitat for Humanity and its Women Build program, please visit

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.