Habitat for Humanity Dedicates 70,000th "Milestone House"
Canton, Ohio - September 17, 1998 - When volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Canton frame up their 100th house to commemorate the affiliates 10th anniversary, they also will be providing a safe, decent, affordable home to the 70,000th Habitat family in the world. The dedication of the house will be the culmination of Building on Faith week, Habitat for Humanity International's worldwide celebration of Christian faith and service. The milestone 70,000th house is being constructed by several church groups in Canton.
Habitat Founder and President Millard Fuller will lead the Sept. 19 dedication. Joining him will be Gov. George Voinovich and Mayor Richard Watkins. As part of Time Warner Inc.'s partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Canton, Bugs Bunny will be on hand to join in the celebration.
During the dedication ceremony, 17 volunteers from Canton churches will be commissioned to go Jinoteca, Nicaragua, to build 10 houses. Along with building locally, the Canton affiliate has raised $22,000 to help eliminate poverty housing in the developing world. After the day's events in Canton, Fuller will go to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, to dedicate the organization's 70,001st house.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. Habitat brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The homes are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda, Habitat for Humanity has built homes providing shelter for more than 350,000 people worldwide. It has affiliates in every state of the United States and in 59 other countries around the world.