Habitat for Humanity frames home at the University of Georgia with Athens family




Ryan Lewis
Athens Area Habitat for Humanity

(706) 208-1001 ext. 202


Habitat for Humanity frames home at the University of Georgia with Athens family


WHAT:          The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia will be the new home to nearly four decades of Habitat for Humanity’s historical records and documents. To commemorate this special occasion, Habitat for Humanity International will frame a house in partnership with a local family, the University of Georgia, Athens Area Habitat for Humanity and the Habitat-UGA campus chapter.


Photo, video and interview opportunities, as well as a tour of the collection, will be available to media.

WHEN:          Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 8:30-11:45 a.m.

  • 8:30 a.m.         Construction begins
  • 11:30 a.m.       Remarks from Habitat for Humanity International, University of Georgia and Athens Area Habitat for Humanity

WHO:             Guest speakers will include:

  • Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International
  • Jere Morehead, president, University of Georgia
  • Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost, University of Georgia
  • Spencer Frye, director, Athens Area Habitat

WHERE:       Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Richard B. Russell Building
300 S. Hull Street
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Parking will be available at the Hull Street Parking Deck. The entrance to the deck is located at Baxter Street.

To coincide with the opening, the Library will feature an exhibition of highlights from the collection that shares the history and international significance of Habitat, including the philosophy of partnership housing; newsletters from Koinonia Farm, a Christian farming community that would become the catalyst for Habitat’s movement; and photographs and memorabilia from significant projects, such as the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

Habitat’s records are the largest addition to the Library’s growing collection of materials revolving around the topics of housing, philanthropy and social change.


About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org

About Athens Area Habitat for Humanity

Habitat builds simple, decent houses with the help of the partner families and sells them to qualifying families at no-profit and no-interest. Homeowners must repay the cost of building their home with no interest charge and 100% of the mortgage payments going towards the funding of future Habitat houses. Athens Area Habitat for Humanity, an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of substandard housing in Clarke, Oconee, and Oglethorpe counties in the state of Georgia.