The idea that became Habitat for Humanity first grew from the fertile soil of Koinonia Farm, a community farm outside of Americus, Georgia, founded by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan.
On the farm, Jordan and Habitat’s eventual founders Millard and Linda Fuller developed the concept of “partnership housing.” The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build decent, affordable houses. The houses would be built at no profit. New homeowners’ house payments would be combined with no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fundraising to create “The Fund for Humanity,” which would then be used to build more homes.
Beau and Emma were the owners of the first home built by Koinonia’s Partnership Housing Program. They and their five children moved into a concrete-block home with a modern kitchen, indoor bathroom and heating system, replacing the unpainted, uninsulated shack with no plumbing where they had previously lived.
In 1973, the Fullers decided to take the Fund for Humanity concept to Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo. After three years of hard work to launch a successful house building program there, the Fullers then returned to the United States and called together a group of supporters to discuss the future of their dream: Habitat for Humanity International, founded in 1976.
The times have changed, the build site locations have grown in number, but the very real change that Beau and Emma’s family experienced is shared by families today who partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Thanks in no small part to the personal involvement of U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn and the awareness they have raised, Habitat now works in 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in nearly 70 countries and has helped 6.8 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.
Clarence Jordan said back in 1940:
What the poor need is not charity but capital “not case workers but co-workers”
And what the rich need is a wise, just, and honorable way of divesting themselves of there over abundance. This still holds true today.
You can help us by donating you gently used items to the Habitat ReStore. Our donation hotline is 219-972-3000.
Congratulations to John Zaleski who was the winner of the Earth Day Event gift basket on April 22, 2017...Read More »
When you recycle a vehicle, you help Habitat...Read More »
First Look Griffith
Lovely pictures starting at $10 today
Love seat for $75 and 50% off today
Very nice like new whirl Pool Tub for $375
Double Sink Top for $250
Stackable Washer & Dryer for $250 with 25% off today
Very nice counter tops for $50 each
We have office chairs for $25.00 each
Nice table with 6 chairs for just $225.00
Sectional couch for $125.00
Nice Grandfather clock for $250.00
First Look Merrillville
starck piano needs some tlc…..only $400 you get 20% off at register
Many different colors $15 a case or grab a pallet for $12 a case