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Founder, Habitat for Humanity International

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As an ambitious young man in Birmingham, Alabama, Millard Fuller was driven to achieve material success. By the end of his 20s, he was already a millionaire, but as his business prospered, his health, integrity and marriage suffered. These crises prompted him to reconsider his values and direction in life. A thorough soul-searching led to a reconciliation with his wife, Linda, and to a renewal of their Christian commitment.

"I see life as both a gift and a responsibility," Fuller said. "My responsibility is to use what God has given me to help His people in need." Together the Fullers initiated a "ministry in housing," putting into practice what Millard Fuller called "the economics of Jesus." In 1976, they founded Habitat for Humanity International to build decent, affordable homes for low-income families. Citing scriptural precepts, they charged no interest to the poor. Homeowner families were expected to invest their own labor into the building of their home as well as the houses of others. Their small monthly payments fed a revolving fund, enabling the building of even more homes.

The revolutionary program attracted an army of volunteers, ranging from college students to former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn. To date, Habitat has built more than 300,000 homes for more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities worldwide. The Fullers received their country's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of their life's work, "the most successful community service project in the history of the United States."

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