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Founders of Habitat for Humanity Discuss Dedication to Charity

Over three decades, Habitat for Humanity has built housing for more than a million people all over the world who would otherwise be without safe or durable shelter. The organization’s founders, Milla

Founders of Habitat for Humanity Discuss Dedication to Charity

Tom Fudge: The story of how Millard and Linda Fuller founded Habitat for Humanity is the stuff of legend. More than thirty years ago, they were very wealthy people, thanks to Millard’s success in the mail order business. But difficulties with their marriage led to a spiritual crisis. That caused them to give up their possessions and move to a religious community in rural Georgia. Over the years, they built Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Georgia. That’s just a few miles from Plaines, the home of former President Carter, who became the group’s most prominent spokesman.

Two years ago, Millard was fired by the board of the group he founded in a bitter dispute over issues, both personal and philosophical. But now, the Fullers are back in business with a new organization called the Fuller Center for Housing. They join me now in studio to talk about their lives running a charity.

Millard Fuller will speak Thursday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church Symposium, “A Chicken in Every Pot - A Roof for Every Family.” That will be held in the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Artm Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect Street in La Jolla. The symposium is free, but seating is limited. For reservations call (858) 459-3421 or visit www.stjamesbythesea.org .

Guests

  • Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity founders and now founders of the Fuller Center for Housing.