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Habitat for Humanity hosted national conference for U.S. affiliated organizations


“No Hands but Yours” conference aimed to equip Habitat affiliate leadership and staff

ATLANTA (Jan. 23, 2009) – Habitat for Humanity International welcomed representatives from many of its 1,600 U.S. affiliated organizations to its national conference, Jan. 20–23. The theme of the event was “No Hands but Yours.”

“The purpose of the conference was to allow leadership and staff of Habitat’s affiliates to gather for informative workshops and networking opportunities,” said Larry Gluth, vice president of Habitat’s U.S. and Canada area office. “It was a great opportunity for affiliates to exchange ideas and meet with many of their peers who are doing affordable housing work all across the country.”

The conference sessions for Habitat executive directors on Jan. 20 included speakers Daryl R. Conner, chairman of Conner Partners; Terie Dreussi Smith, author of “Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals;” and Jay Hall, president of Jay Hall and Associates. The speakers covered topics such as sustainable building practices, designing services and programs for youth and organizational change strategies.

The main conference sessions, Jan. 21–23, included speakers Ron Terwilliger, chairman of Trammell Crow Residential; Renee Lewis Glover, CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority; Jonathan T.M. Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International; Stacy Allison, author of books such as “Beyond the Limits: A Woman’s Triumph on Everest;” Andy Stanley, author and senior pastor at North Point Ministries in Atlanta; and Gluth.

The more than 80 workshops and sessions were taught by Habitat for Humanity affiliate leadership and Habitat for Humanity International staff. Topics included green building construction techniques, volunteer management and recruitment, fund-raising, managing affiliate operations, public and community relations and advocating for those in need of affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity was ranked No. 14 on the list of largest U.S. homebuilders by “Builder Magazine.” Additionally, Habitat for Humanity was ranked the 14th largest nonprofit organization by the “Chronicle of Philanthropy.” In 2008, Habitat for Humanity helped more than 49,000 families in nearly 90 countries around the world with new house construction, major renovations and repairs.

Presenting Conference Sponsors:
Dow Chemical Company
Home Depot Foundation
Lowe’s
Schneider Electric/Square D
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Valspar
Whirlpool

Bronze Hammer Conference Sponsors:
Blackbaud/Target Analytics
D’Alessandro Inc.
Lockton Affinity
Starbucks

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 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.