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Habitat for Humanity and Dell provide support to local disaster-recovery organization

AMERICUS, Ga. (April 26, 2007) — Habitat for Humanity International continues to assist in tornado-recovery efforts in Americus by lending a hand to Sumter Disaster Recovery Inc. In addition to providing office space for the newly formed disaster assistance organization, Habitat coordinated the donation of four computers from its partner, Dell Inc.

Formed directly as a result of the March 1 tornado, Sumter Disaster Recovery provides assistance to area homeowners who have exhausted all means of rebuilding or repairing their homes. The organization plans to be a permanent fixture in the community, ready to respond to future natural disasters affecting Sumter County.

“The laptops from Dell will make a significant difference in our operation,” said Jody Wade, case management director of Sumter Disaster Recovery. “The laptops will be used to assist in compiling the information needed to reach our goal of helping families affected by the storm.”

“We are grateful to have a relationship with organizations like Dell that reach out and help communities in a time of need,” said Jim Thie, Habitat chief information officer. “Dell’s generous donation of computers will undoubtedly help Sumter Disaster Recovery efficiently organize, manage and process homeowner requests for assistance.”

Dell has been a partner of Habitat since 2000 and provides Habitat its products and services at an affordable rate.

Sumter Disaster Recovery is located in Habitat’s Clarence Jordan Center. Habitat currently provides office space in the same building for Sumter Regional Hospital Department of Education and Paxen Group due to the tornado.

For more information about Sumter Disaster Recovery, please call (229) 924-9414.

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 225,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .