Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, seeking to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.To accomplish these goals, people of all backgrounds, races and religions are invited to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda. Today, Habitat has built over 350,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.75 million people in 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.
Three communities—Anniston, Alabama, LaGrange and Valdosta, Georgia—saw the building of houses and hope June 7-13, 2003, as volunteers from around the world came together to build alongside former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Mrs. Rosalynn Carter and Habitat homeowner families.During the course of one week, 92 housing units were built. But in addition to building houses, volunteers built friendships, love and the hope for a better future for these families and these entire communities. The Jimmy Carter Work Project (JCWP) continues annually. Coinciding with World Habitat Day, the Carters give a week of their time—and their construction skills—to build homes and raise awareness of the critical need for affordable housing.
At the local community level Habitat for Humanity’s work is accomplished by affiliates — independent, locally run, nonprofit organizations. Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area — fund raising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction and mortgage servicing.
One of more than 1,700 affiliates in the United States and 550 international affiliates, Troup Chambers Randolph County Habitat for Humanity is the local, grassroots affiliate organization helping to provide simple, decent housing in south west Georgia. Since 1991 our local affiliate has completed homes for over 400 friends, families and neighbours.
All Habitat affiliates are asked to tithe a percentage of their contributions to fund house-building work in other nations. These contributions provide much-needed funds for international building and give affiliates the opportunity to demonstrate the spirit of Christian partnership.