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Habitat for Humanity committed to Americus

Habitat for Humanity committed to Americus

AMERICUS, Ga. (Feb. 2, 2005) – Habitat for Humanity, a committed citizen of the Americus community for nearly 30 years, will continue to call the southwest Georgia town home, said Paul Leonard, chief executive officer.

“Habitat for Humanity has a significant investment in Americus – three major buildings, 32 houses and our Global Village & Discovery Center,” said Leonard Wednesday. “For the foreseeable future, Habitat will continue to maintain its strong presence in this community.”

For some time, Habitat for Humanity has been operating various regional offices outside of Americus, in cities such as Bend, Ore., Jacksonville, Fla., and Nashville, Tenn. Habitat’s major gifts unit is managed from Canton, Ohio, and the church relations program is located in Raleigh, N.C.

“As we seek to grow and manage the work of this worldwide ministry, other aspects of our operations may be located outside of Americus,” Leonard said. For example, “we currently are seeking office space in Atlanta for the analytical and management function of our finance operations. This location of a relatively small staff has been made necessary by the competitiveness in this field today.”

But the large core staff of Habitat for Humanity International, “the people who shop in local businesses, eat in local restaurants, worship in local churches and participate in schools and civic activities, will continue to live and raise their families in Americus,” said Leonard.

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. www.habitat.org