Habitat Easter Morning Community Under Way
Americus, Ga. - April 6, 1998 - The walls are up and the roofs are on the 20 simple, decent affordable homes being built this week in Habitat for Humanity International's hometown. More than 1,200 volunteers from all 50 states and several foreign countries have gathered to build the first homes in Habitat's most ambitious house-building effort ever in this Southwestern Georgia community.
Working together with the homeowner families, the volunteers raised and sheathed the walls, set roof trusses and covered them with plywood and roofing felt and installed doors and windows. As they finished, electricians and plumbers moved in to install the wiring and pipes. By Sunday evening, what had been the first 20 foundations in what will be a 140-house community were clearly identifiable houses, each beginning to take on its own personality.
Work will continue through Friday, April 10, when the houses will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Building begins each day at 7:30 am and continues until dusk.
Both the name -- the Easter Morning Community -- and timing -- Holy Week -- of this project have special significance. Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to rid the world of poverty housing and make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. At Easter Morning sunrise,
the 20 homeowner families will greet a new day secured by the joy and comfort that comes from having a simple, decent place in which to live.