History – Timeline & Milestones (1977-1983)

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First Habitat for Humanity headquarters, 19771977 

Millard’s first book, “Bokotola,” telling about early years of the Fullers’ marriage, business success, giving away fortune to seek Christian service, starting partnership housing ministry at Koinonia Christian Community and Fullers’ work of successfully carrying the idea to the middle of Africa in 1973 on a plot of land called Bokotola.

March 1977 – Fullers purchase a house from friend Rev. Jim Jackson for $2500 at 417 W. Church Street, Americus. Because the old wooden porch was falling down, it was replaced with a smaller brick porch, planters and steps. Linda took charge of minor repairs to the interior: replacing carpet, installing shelves for law books, purchased used office furniture and made curtains from bed sheets.

June 1977 – The Fullers move 10 miles from Koinonia to Americus, Ga. Millard supports his family by practicing law. One room of Fuller’s law office was used for a part-time typist for HFH. Linda worked with Millard as law office receptionist, typist for legal documents, Habitat correspondence, newsletters, bookkeeper and photographer. Fuller children and volunteers stuffed, sealed and put stamps on newsletters.
Millard in Zaire, 1974
1978

House building started in Zaire in 1974 continues to expand; citizens in San Antonio, Texas, form the first official U.S. Habitat affiliate.

1979

HFHI headquarters moves from Millard Fuller’s law office to a renovated house next door. Jim and Janette Prickett move from Indiana to Georgia to be administrator and bookkeeper. The First Habitat house in Americus is built. The First Habitat affiliate in Latin America — Guatemala — is approved.

1980

Love in the Mortar Joints, Millard’s second book, covering early development of Habitat for Humanity, is published.

1981

HFHI’s fifth year – a total of 14 U.S. affiliates and seven international affiliates, 342 Habitat houses completed. The Fullers walking to Indianapolis to celebrate the seventh anniversary of Habitat.

1983

Habitat World is introduced, replacing Habitat Happenings as HFHI’s news publication.

HFHI celebrates its seventh anniversary with a 700-mile walk led by Linda and Millard Fuller from Americus to Indianapolis. Hundreds come to Indianapolis from around the U.S. and overseas for a 3-day celebration. From the Walk, an extra $100,000 was raised to meet increasing budget needs.

HFHI declares the third Sunday in September as the first International Day of Prayer and Action for Human Habitat.

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