News got Habitat history wrong in recent story
Congratulations to Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Michigan on 30 years of providing affordable and decent housing for lower-income families in our area. However, I would like to make one important correction to the recent article regarding this notable anniversary and give credit where credit is due.
Habitat for Humanity was not founded in 1976 by Clarence Jordan, who died in 1969, although he was a crucial influence on the actual founder, Millard Fuller.
Millionaire Fuller and his wife, Linda, went to live in Jordan’s interracial farming community in Americus, Ga., Koinonia Farm, where the idea for Habitat was born, as they absorbed Pastor Jordan’s biblical preaching and teaching.
The Fullers eventually left Koinonia and pledged their entire fortune and the rest of their lives to creating, building, and supporting Habitat, implementing its motivating principles of putting love into action and to giving a hand up, not a handout, to our brothers and sisters in need. As a former board member of Detroit Habitat and later executive director of Alpena Area Habitat for Humanity for five years, I met and talked with Millard Fuller several times, as well as with his good friend and Georgia neighbor, President Jimmy Carter. Millard was an energetic, caring, and committed Christian that I was privileged to work with and know. Many owe him a debt of gratitude for his vision and compassion in founding Habitat, and for his hard work and persistence in helping it grow and thrive.