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Hundreds attend Habitat for Humanity conferences in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (Oct. 12, 2007) – Habitat for Humanity executive directors and staff from across the country recently met in New Orleans for two annual, consecutive Habitat conferences. More than 730 attended Habitat’s Executive Directors and Focus on the Future conferences, Oct. 8 – 12.

During the conferences, Habitat affiliate leaders and staff had an opportunity to meet and share best practices and to attend a variety of training workshops designed to help increase the organization’s homebuilding capacity.

“Our work throughout the world is accomplished through our affiliates and national organizations, whose combined efforts have produced more than 225,000 houses in the past 30 years,” said Larry Gluth, vice president of Habitat’s U.S./Canada Area Office. “These conferences provide affiliate leaders and staff an opportunity to gather to reflect on how their individual efforts have helped thousands of families live in safe, decent and affordable housing and to renew their vision to help additional families for the year ahead.”

The Executive Directors Conference occurred in the beginning of the week and featured Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford and Pat Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson addressed Focus on the Future conference attendees as the keynote speaker and Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu spoke at the closing luncheon. Additionally, more than 300 Habitat affiliate leaders and staff toured areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina and participated in a volunteer work day constructing homes in Musicians’ Village, a 72-home New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity community for hurricane-displaced families.

As part of closing activities, several affiliates and volunteers were recognized through Habitat’s Pioneers in Excellence Awards ceremony. Three Affiliate of the Year awards were granted by population category and two affiliates received awards for creativity and innovation. Two volunteers who made significant contributions to advance the mission of Habitat were also recognized

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 1976, Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.