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Media invited to cover Habitat’s Carter work project

Media invited to Habitat for Humanity’s 2005 Jimmy Carter Work Project

BENTON HARBOR and DETROIT, Mich., (June 8, 2005) — Former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will join Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Habitat leadership, government dignitaries, religious leaders and thousands of volunteers to build Habitat for Humanity homes in Michigan and Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Media are invited to attend the week’s events and capture photos and video of the Carters, sponsors and volunteers as they help to make the dream of homeownership come true with families.

Saturday, June 18, all-day construction in Detroit
• Detroit: All-day construction begins at 7:30 a.m.

Sunday, June 19, 5 p.m., opening ceremonies in Benton Harbor and Detroit
• Benton Harbor: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter will help welcome thousands of volunteers. Reigning Miss America Deidre Downs will emcee and musical artist Tanisha Wilson will provide the evening’s entertainment at Lake Michigan College’s Mendel Center.
• Detroit: Thousands of volunteers will join Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm at the COBO Center to mark the opening and to watch a live satellite welcome from President Carter. The evening’s celebration will be emceed by DIY Network’s Ed Del Grande and entertainment will be by award-winning gospel singers Vicky Winans and Tracy Worth.

Monday, June 20, press conference in Benton Harbor/all-day construction
• Benton Harbor: All-day construction begins at 7:30 a.m. President Carter will build, joined in the early morning by Miss America and Gov. Granholm. President Carter will join Habitat CEO Paul Leonard at a press conference at 10 a.m. in the hospitality area of the construction site. Following the Carter press conference, JCWP event-wide sponsors will hold a press conference beginning at 10:30 a.m. At 3:30 p.m., government leaders from Michigan will gather for Habitat’s Congress Building America press conference in the hospitality area.
• Detroit: All-day construction begins at 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 21, all-day construction
• Benton Harbor: Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter build with volunteers and homeowner families beginning at 7:30 a.m.
• Detroit: All-day construction begins at 7:30 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians will preside over an announcement regarding the Armenian Church’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity to build in Armenia, the United States and other countries. The announcement will take place at Masco Corp. located at 21001 Van Born Rd., Paylor, MI 48180, and check-in at the lobby with Leanne Frost (313-792-6099).

Wednesday, June 22, press conference in Detroit/all-day construction
• Benton Harbor: All-day construction begins at 7:30 a.m. Evening beach party for volunteers begins at 6 p.m. at Jean Klock Park.
• Detroit: President Carter will join Habitat CEO Paul Leonard at a press conference beginning at 11:15 a.m. at the hospitality tent. Following the Carter press conference, JCWP event-wide sponsors will hold a press conference beginning at 11:45 a.m. The Carters begin construction after 1 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., Citigroup will make a check presentation to Habitat in the hospitality area. At 3 p.m., Dow will announce details of its work to help with Habitat’s tsunami relief effort.

Thursday, June 23, Bible presentations in Detroit/Windsor press conference
• Benton Harbor: All-day construction begins at 7:30 a.m.
• Detroit: Morning construction with the Carters begins at 7:30 a.m. with Bible presentations to new homeowner families at 9:15 a.m.
• Windsor, Canada: Carters participate in Bible presentations and house photos. Carter press conference will begin at 11:50 a.m. at the construction site. Carter will also make remarks after lunch at the construction site.

Friday, June 24, Bible presentations in Benton Harbor/closing ceremonies
• Benton Harbor: Construction begins at 7:30 a.m. and Bible presentations with the Carters begin at 11:15 a.m. The homes will be dedicated at 3 p.m. Closing ceremonies with the Carters begin at Lake Michigan College at 5 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Dove award-winning artist Ginny Owens.
• Detroit: Construction begins at 7:30 a.m.; houses are dedicated at 3 p.m. with closing ceremonies onsite beginning at 4 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Grammy nominated artist Paul Colman.

Addresses and locations
The COBO Conference Center
One Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

Detroit Habitat’s Construction Site
Corner of Selden and Roosevelt avenues, off of MLK Boulevard
Detroit, MI

The Mendel Center
2755 E. Napier Ave.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Harbor Habitat’s Construction Site
Corner of McCord and East High streets
Benton Harbor, MI

Windsor-Essex Habitat’s Construction Site
1605 Bruce St.
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Media credential forms
In Benton Harbor and Detroit, there will be areas for media to check in and receive credentials and parking passes for the construction sites. Media credential forms for the JCWP may be obtained in advance by e-mailing afoster@habitat.org.

About Habitat for Humanity
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