In Memoriam

For more than three decades, Rosalynn Carter and her husband President Jimmy Carter donated their time and voices to help Habitat build with more families around the world. 

“I really can’t make speeches of Habitat because I get so choked up. I look and see the homeowners, and I see all the wonderful volunteers who are just working to do something good for somebody who needs help,” she once said. 

“They’re there just for the purpose — almost without exception — of just doing something good for somebody who is less fortunate. And so it’s being able to help people, but it’s also being in a place where everybody wants to do something good.” 

Her impact was unmistakable. “Over the years, she blessed us with her compassion for serving others and commitment to improving housing conditions around the world,” says Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford. “Mrs. Carter helped change the lives of thousands of homeowners, empowered countless women and inspired millions of people.” 

How Habitat helped shape former first lady Rosalynn Carter

For over 30 years, former first lady Rosalynn Carter dedicated her voice, time and energy to building and advocating for affordable housing alongside Habitat. She once sat down with us to share why the mission of a decent, affordable home kept her coming back year after year.

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