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Armenian Church forges ties with Habitat for Humanity

Armenian Church forges ties with Habitat for Humanity

DETROIT, Mich. (June 28) – On Tuesday, June 21, Habitat for Humanity and the Armenian Church announced details of a new partnership to combat poverty housing in the United States and worldwide.

The announcement, at Masco Corp. headquarters in Taylor, Mich., followed a breakfast hosted by Masco Corp. to honor the head of the Armenian church: The Catholicos and Supreme Patriarch of All Armenians, His Holiness Karekin II. The Primates of the Eastern and Western Dioceses of the Armenian Church of America and Canada, a representative from the office of Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, the Armenian ambassador to the United States, and a delegation from Habitat for Humanity-Armenia attended the breakfast.

The goal of the partnership between Habitat and the Armenian Church is to provide homes to 100 families over the next three years, primarily in Armenia, but also throughout the world. Since it was established in 2000, Habitat in Armenia has built homes for 600 people in need.

“We are delighted about our blossoming friendship with the Armenian Church,” said Rick Beech, director of church relations for Habitat for Humanity International. “The relationship is evolving into a partnership that will not only strengthen community ties but also enable us to serve more families in need.”

Masco Corp. is a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity, locally and around the globe, including Armenia. The Catholicos’ visit occurred during the 22nd annual Jimmy Carter Work Project, a blitz build in which President Jimmy Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, and thousands of volunteers completed 230 homes by June 24 in the host cities of Benton Harbor and Detroit, and in more than 60 other communities in the region as well as in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Volunteers from many churches sponsored and built homes. .

About Habitat for Humanity International
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