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Habitat for Humanity building program honors Martin Luther King

Habitat for Humanity volunteers observe
Martin Luther King Day with service to community

AMERICUS, Ga. (Jan. 10, 2004) — Habitat for Humanity volunteers will gather in more than 80 locations across the United States on Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Day, to help neighbors in need. Events will include home construction and commemorative services that honor the memory of the civil rights movement leader.

Building on the Dream is Habitat for Humanity International’s third annual celebration of Dr. King’s legacy of working to bridge racial, social and economic gaps. This year Habitat affiliates will build more than 120 homes that will stand as a tribute to the legacy of Dr. King.

“We are grateful to the thousands of Habitat volunteers who will remember Dr. King’s dream by helping their neighbors in need,” says Paul Leonard, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “By working together to help people overcome poverty and homelessness, we can build up hope for families everywhere.”

Habitat homes will be built or celebrations held throughout the United States in Arkansas, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming and Washington, D.C. People of all races, religions and cultures are welcome to participate in Building on the Dream.

“Dr. King’s holiday affords us the opportunity to reflect upon the past while seeking hope and the resolve for a bright future for everyone by providing volunteer opportunities across the country that help turn deserving family dreams of homeownership into reality,” says Dr. Victoria Peagler, director of Building on the Dream.

Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical 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.