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Habitat for Humanity supporter wins 2008 ‘Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award’ for national builder program

ATLANTA (Feb. 25, 2008) – Habitat for Humanity supporter Tom Gipson has won a 2008 Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award for his work as the national chair of the organization’s “Home Builders Blitz” program. The program recruited 1,000 professional home builders, subcontractors and suppliers to build 459 single-family homes in communities across the United States in 2006. Gipson and president of Keystone Custom Homes, Jeff Rutt, who oversees Hope International, were honored for their home-building contributions during an award dinner on Feb. 14, as part of the 2008 International Builders’ Show.

“One of the challenges I have faced, and all of us face, is how best to give back to our communities; and the Home Builders Blitz helped many of us in our industry meet that challenge. We are in a unique position to help solve the housing needs of our country and our world. We have an obligation to help. We need to help. We can help. We must help,” said Gipson during his acceptance speech.

Home Builders Blitz was started in 2002 by Gipson, a professional home builder in Raleigh, N.C., who supported Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to eliminate poverty housing in his community. He rallied other local builders for an accelerated build, which was so successful that Habitat for Humanity International decided to promote it as a nationwide event in 2006.

Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz 2008 will take place May 31 to June 7, 2008, and will involve more than 1,000 professional builders with projections to build more than 260 homes across the United States.

Professional builders will join Habitat for Humanity’s second national builders’ event to build homes in 110 cities throughout 32 states.

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 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.