Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter on Monday kicked off a week of working alongside Habitat for Humanity home owners and hundreds of volunteers in Memphis, Tennessee, to build and repair homes during Habitat's 33rd Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
The initiative includes:
Nineteen new homes in the Bearwater Park area just north of Uptown Memphis, ten neighborhood beautification projects, including painting and landscaping and six aging-in-place projects to enhance accessibility and mobility for seniors.
"Decent shelter is something we all need to thrive," said President Carter. "With the help of volunteers we will create strong, stable homes and communities."
Country music stars and longtime Habitat volunteers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will join the Carters during the week. Brooks and Yearwood have been helping Habitat build and strengthen communities in the U.S. and around the world since 2007.
"It's an incredible honor to have President and Mrs. Carter in Memphis to help us raise awareness and consciousness of the many housing issues faced by families in our community," said Dwayne Spencer, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. "We remain dedicated to addressing housing disparities by both our physical actions — pounding nails and raising walls — as well as by serving as a voice for so many who have few options to improve their housing situations."
Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled across the U.S. and the world with Habitat, donating their time and voices annually to build and improve homes, and raise awareness of the critical need for decent and affordable housing. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside more than 92,260 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair 3,944 homes.
Habitat's Carter Work Project is made possible through volunteers, home owners and the following national sponsors for this year's build week: Tennessee Housing Development Agency; The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc.; FedEx Corporation; The Plough Foundation Aging in Place Initiative; Bank of America; The Dow Chemical Company; Lowe's; Memphis and Shelby County Community Redevelopment Agency; ServiceMaster; Altisource; AutoZone; City of Memphis, Division of Housing & Community Development and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati; First Tennessee Bank; Hope Church; Nissan North America; Oasis of Hope; and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation.