Statement from Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford on Rosalynn Carter’s health

ATLANTA (Nov. 17, 2023) – “The entire Habitat for Humanity family is praying for Mrs. Carter and President Carter as she enters hospice care at their home. We pray that they continue to experience the blessings of time with their family and with each other, and they draw comfort from knowing people around the world are sending them prayers, love and support.” 

Rosalynn and former U.S. President Carter first volunteered with Habitat for Humanity near their home of Plains, Georgia, in March 1984. Later that same year, the Carters joined Habitat volunteers in New York City’s Lower East Side to renovate an abandoned building in partnership with families in need of affordable housing. That trip marked Habitat for Humanity’s first Jimmy Carter Work Project (later renamed the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project). Each year until 2020, the Carters volunteered with Habitat alongside more than 104,000 volunteers across the U.S. and in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair 4,390 Habitat homes. 

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