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Habitat for Humanity planning SuperBUILD to aid hurricane victims

Detroit-area affiliates to frame 40 homes to provide security, sanctuary for families that relocated to Texas in wake of hurricanes Katrina, Rita

DETROIT (Jan. 27, 2006) – Metropolitan Detroit Habitat for Humanity affiliates, in partnership with Habitat’s international headquarters, will frame the walls for 40 homes over six days – Jan. 28-Feb. 2 – that will be containerized and shipped to Texas where they will quickly be rebuilt for families displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Dubbed SuperBUILD by the Detroit, Oakland and Macomb County Habitat affiliates, the event is staged in conjunction with Super Bowl XL and is an official, Super Bowl XL Detroit Host Committee Sanctioned Community Impact event and part of the National Football League’s Community Outreach Program. During the construction week, one home will be dedicated to each of the NFL’s 32 teams.

“We are proud to be part of the celebration of the Super Bowl in Detroit,” said Rob Dewaelsche, executive director of the Detroit Habitat affiliate, “but we are just as proud to be a part of the healing and rebuilding process for victims of last year’s hurricanes. These houses are our way of sharing hammers and hands across America to help some of these families get permanently resettled.”

The building project kicks off at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, with a short program and devotion at a warehouse at 882 Oakman Blvd., in Detroit (the former Yellow Pages building). The houses will be framed on four decks that will built in the warehouse, with volunteers from across southeast Michigan and beyond building frames in morning and afternoon shifts. The homes that are built will be shipped to Habitat affiliates in Houston, College Station and Fort Worth, Texas, said Dewaelsche.

The build concludes at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, and a short closing program, featuring several NFL players, officials from Habitat affiliates and the international headquarters, from sponsors and supporters and volunteers, will follow to mark the changes in the lives of families that will be made possible by SuperBUILD.

“This project demonstrates the true global nature of Habitat’s work,” said Chris Clarke, senior vice president of Habitat for Humanity International. “Here we have affiliates and volunteers in the northeast coming together to help the affiliates and families along the Gulf Coast who are still struggling for normalcy. We saw it in the wake of the 2004 tsunami, we see it here … wherever there is need, Habitat’s wonderful family of affiliates, sponsors, volunteers and families are always extending a hand to help.”

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for one million people.