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Habitat trains construction leaders to build in the Gulf Coast

AMERICUS, Ga. (Feb 26, 2007) – Habitat for Humanity volunteers and staff from around the country have gathered in Gautier, Miss., this week for the organization’s first National Construction Leadership Training. The training aims to increase the skilled leadership available to help rebuild in the Katrina-affected areas.

The training was organized by Habitat for Humanity International’s Construction and Environmental Resources department in conjunction with Operation Home Delivery, the hurricane response branch of Habitat. Participants from around the country will learn important construction leadership skills, not only in construction technique, but also in safety management, energy efficiency and construction management.

“This is going to be an exciting and worthwhile Leadership Training event for all who attend,” said Kevin Ambrey, construction supervisor at Habitat for Humanity International. “People will come away with knowledge, training, resources and valuable hands-on experience. This learning experience will train affiliates in Best Building Practices as presented in the U.S. Construction Standards and leadership skills to teach and lead volunteers in their own affiliates when they return.”

Training participants will use the skills at their local Habitat affiliates, but they are also asked to return and use their new skills to lead teams in the Gulf Coast communities. While attending the training, participants will construct two houses from foundation to dry-in, and then take an additional two houses from completed drywall to finished construction. Additionally, participants attend daily classes on construction leadership.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.