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Habitat for Humanity International awards ‘Open Door Challenge Grants’ to affiliates for work with churches in 2007

AMERICUS, GA (Feb. 26, 2007) – Habitat for Humanity International announces the recipients of its 2007 “Open Door Challenge Grants.” Awarded to nearly 50 local Habitat affiliates, the grant in the amount of $25,000 each allows Habitat to increase its ability to serve more low-income families by providing simple, decent and affordable housing.

The Open Door Challenge Grants are awarded by Habitat for Humanity International’s Church Relations department to local Habitat affiliates that are working successfully to engage support from African-American churches, Willow Creek Association churches, churches in rural areas and with the Catholic Daughters of America.

“The spirit of the grants is to encourage affiliates to reach out to new churches and to begin building strong foundations for new and lasting partnerships,” said Pam Campbell, director of Church Relations at Habitat for Humanity International. “Many of the affiliates that have been awarded the grants have already begun making visits to new churches and finding new contacts in the community.”

Habitat for Humanity affiliates match the challenge grant with donations made by local church groups. The grant funds must be used toward the construction of a Habitat house by the end of 2007. The grants were made possible by a gift from an anonymous donor with a goal to increase Habitat’s work in communities, while motivating new supporters and volunteers from churches.

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.