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Habitat for Humanity International assesses tornado damage to headquarters hometown

Offices plan to reopen on Monday, March 5

AMERICUS, Ga. (March 2, 2007) Habitat for Humanity International is assessing the damage caused to the hometown of its operational headquarters as a result of a powerful tornado that touched down in the city on Thursday night. HFHI also is working with the local chapter of the American Red Cross to coordinate volunteer needs in the area.

The nonprofit organization’s disaster response unit is currently assessing the damage and checking on the well being of HFHI staff members and neighbors who live in the impacted area. So far, it has been estimated that hundreds of homes have been damaged, including three Habitat houses.

“During this time, we are asking people to pray for Habitat for Humanity staff members, as well as our friends, family and neighbors in this community that has been so important to our organization over the years,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International.

HFHI headquarters operations were not damaged as a result of this devastating storm but currently remain without power. Offices in Americus will be closed today but the organization hopes to reopen by Monday, March 5.

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.