In 1976, Millard and Linda Fuller founded the organization Habitat for Humanity. The concept of the organization was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian community outside of Americus, Georgia. In 1965, the Fullers first visited Koinonia, there they started to start a new life of Christian service. Clarence Jordan is the biblical scholar and founder of the Koinonia Farm. Jordan and Fuller worked hand in hand and developed the idea of "partnership housing." Basically, the concept centered on creating adequate shelter. Volunteers are recruited to build simple but decent houses. From then on the organization has changed thousands of lives. It is indeed a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.
In an article posted by news-press.com, a Cape Coral family was generously assisted by the organization. Angela Perkins and Willie Florence, together with 3-year-old Antonia Perkins, recently moved into their Habitat for Humanity home on NE 5th Court.
The report also mentioned that the family kindly received the symbolic gifts offered to every Habitat homeowner during the dedication of their new residence. The family received a small American flag. The flag symbolizes the achievement of the American dream of homeownership. Another gift that the family received was a Bible imprinted with their names and the date of the home dedication which symbolizes the Christian principles upon which the organization was founded. The last gift the family received was a door knocker which serves as an inspiration to share the Habitat opportunity with others.
For those interested in being candidates to the program, they need to meet a certain financial threshold in order to partner with the Habitat. The candidates need to save $1,200 toward their closing costs. They are also required to attend educational classes, which focuses on home maintenance and budgeting. The candidates also need to contribute 250 hours of “sweat equity” and make a monthly mortgage payment set below 30 percent of their income, which is very convenient for people receiving low incomes.
Angela Perkins fulfilled her “sweat equity” hours by performing office duties for the Habitat. Willie Florence, on the other hand, worked on the ReStore truck, picking up furniture, appliances and other large items. The fixtures were donated to the ReStore Retail & Donation Center. Habitat’s ReStore, regularly offers these items, including other building supplies and household items. In Lee County, the non -profit organization also has a thrift store. It is located in a Cape Coral property
. They usually put the items for sale to the public. The profits assists Habitat’s mission with their housing proceeds.