Habitat for Humanity’s 2018 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project heading to Mishawaka and South Bend, Indiana

ATLANTA (July 17, 2017) – Habitat for Humanity’s 35th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will take place next year in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Over five days, future homeowners will work alongside President and Mrs. Carter and hundreds of other volunteers from Indiana and around the world to build or improve about 30 homes in Mishawaka and South Bend.

“We look forward to welcoming President and Mrs. Carter to Mishawaka for this transformational and inspiring project,” said Jim Williams, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County. “Thanks to the generous involvement of volunteers and sponsors from across the country, we will be able to help dozens of families have a more secure place they can call home.”

In addition to the work in St. Joseph County, local Habitat organizations across Indiana will complete construction projects in honor of President and Mrs. Carter and their legacy of helping raise awareness of the need for decent, affordable housing.

Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn

President and Mrs. Carter pass a hammer to Jim Williams, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County, to announce Mishawaka and South Bend, Indiana, as the host sites for the 2018 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world every year with Habitat, donating their time and voices to build and improve homes as well as raise awareness of the critical need for decent and affordable housing. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes. The Carters just completed their 34th work project in Canada, building in both Edmonton, Alberta, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, as part of a nationwide effort to build 150 homes in honor of Canada’s 150th birthday.

“We are honored by the continued support of President and Mrs. Carter as we help families achieve strength, stability and independence through shelter,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Thanks to their dedication and our Carter Work Project volunteers, we can continue to fulfill our mission to empower families working toward a path to homeownership.”

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

About Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County

Since 1987, Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County has helped more than 400 families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. The organization mobilizes volunteers and community partners to build affordable housing and promote homeownership. The affiliate serves the 12 cities and towns of the county in the northern part of the state less than an hour’s drive from the shores of Lake Michigan and just 90 minutes from Chicago. To learn more, visit hfhsjc.org.