Millard Fuller, Co-Founder of Habitat For Humanity, dies

(excerpt from) Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller dies
By Christopher Quinn / Updated: 12:22 p.m. February 03, 2009

Millard Fuller, the visionary Christian with a single-minded, some say stubborn, focus that resulted in more than 300,000 houses built for the poor, died unexpectedly Monday night.

Fuller, 74, was the driving force in founding Habitat for Humanity in 1976, a nonprofit that started in little Americus, Ga., but whose name is known around the world…in 2005, he founded a new organization, the Fuller Center for Housing in Americus, which was doing the same work…

Habitat for Humanity and the Fuller Center build houses for the poor in the U.S. and around the world. The families who live in the houses must help build them alongside volunteers, and they must pay back a no-interest loan that makes the housing affordable.

Habitat attracts volunteers from across America, from blue collar workers to former presidents such as Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, from back-porch pickers to recording stars, all joining to nail shingles or drywall.

“Millard Fuller was one of the most extraordinary people I have ever known,” Carter said in a statement issued Tuesday. “He used his remarkable gifts as an entrepreneur for the benefit of millions of needy people around the world by providing them with decent housing.”…

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