History – Timeline & Milestones (1984-1989)

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Millard’s first honorary degree1984

Millard recruits former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn to become Habitat partners. The first Jimmy Carter Work Project is held in New York City to renovate a six-story building on the lower East Side. There are approximately 50 HFH affiliates worldwide.

1985

The second annual JCWP takes place, again in New York City, to complete the work started a year earlier.

1986

Millard with President Carter 1984HFHI celebrates its tenth anniversary with a 1000-mile walk from Americus to Kansas City, again led by Linda and Millard Fuller. Millard is presented the “Clarence Jordan Exemplary Christian Service Award” by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Millard Fuller’s third book, No More Shacks! is published. The first Habitat affiliate in Canada is approved.

1987

HFHI headquarters moves to 121 Habitat Street in Americus (named the Clarence Jordan Center on the 30th anniversary of his death in 1999).

Millard receives Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from The King Center for Non-Violent Social Action, Atlanta, GA HFHI’s Campus Chapters program begins. The first chapter is at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. The Appropriate Technology department and Covenant Church program are started. Habitat is formed in the country of Australia. Third HFHI headquarters.

1988

HFHI’s 12th Anniversary is celebrated with a 1,200-mile House-Raising Walk from Portland, Maine to Atlanta, Ga. Volunteer “Walkers” and “Builders” worked on 56 HFH houses during those 12 weeks along the East Coast of U.S.

The JCWP spans two cities — Philadelphia and Atlanta.

Estin Kimberly Fuller marries James Isakson of Ohio (September 17)

HFHI’s Global Village program (short-term mission work teams) and Corporate Donor department are established.
Millard often brought work home 1988
1989

Christopher Dean Fuller marries Dianne Reel of Edgefield, S.C. (March 25)

Hurricane Hugo strikes South Carolina — all Habitat houses in the state survive.

Nashville sets record for the fastest built Habitat house finishing in five hours, 59 minutes.

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