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Habitat's History

Updated: Apr 18, 2021

How it all began...

It was 1965 in Americus, Georgia, that Clarence Jordan, a biblical scholar, and co-founders Millard and Linda Fuller developed a unique concept in Koinonia Farm called "Partnership Housing". They believed that the poor needed capital, not charity. Along with other community members, they formed a revolving "Fund For Humanity" to manage home building projects. Taking donations to purchase building materials, they recruited volunteer laborers to help construct simple homes alongside family members who eventually own the homes. The cost of building materials would be repaid by the homeowners to the Fund for Humanity at 0% interest, making these funds available for subsequent projects.

In 1976, the Fund for Humanity concept was taken to Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), three years later, Habitat for Humanity International was founded. Later on, thanks to the involvement and awareness raised by U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, Habitat is now present in all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 70 countries.

With the mission statement of "Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope". Habitat has helped 35 million people achieve strength, stability, and independence through safe, decent, and affordable housing through its affiliates. Such is the case of Habitat for Humanity Rabun County. Since, 1989 we have partnered with a broad coalition of individuals, churches, and businesses to build 35 homes in Rabun County for low-income families seeking safe shelter.

As of 2013, Habitat for Humanity International was the largest not-for-profit builder in the world.

Habitat for Humanity of Rabun County began its work in 1987 when a group of concerned citizens wanted to help bring affordable homes to deserving families. Since its inception, over 37 homes have been built and lives changed.

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