Habitat Niagara builds with the Carters

20 Jul
Jimmy &  Rosalynn  Carter

In July, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn were in Canada for Habitat for Humanity’s 34th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project to help build 150 homes for Canada’s 150th anniversary – the largest build project in Habitat Canada’s history.

The Carter Work Project was a country-wide effort as Habitats across the nation helped to reach the goal of building 150 homes in every province and territory. Habitat Niagara built and recently dedicated a home in Fort Erie as part of this project. The Carters focused their volunteer efforts in Edmonton and Winnipeg building alongside future homeowners, volunteers, Build Day participants, and Habitat employees including Habitat Niagara’s CEO, Alastair Davis, and COO, Keith Gowans.

Click here to see the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project build video and the builds that they participated in.

Alastair and Keith, along with 1,500 volunteers per day, helped to build 75 homes between Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, during the week of July 10 – 14th, when the Carters were in Canada.

“It was exciting and inspiring to participate on the Carter Work Project and build alongside Mr. and Mrs. Carter and the future homeowners,” explains Alastair. “The Carters are tremendous supporters of Habitat for Humanity and have elevated the awareness for affordable housing across the world.”

“What an amazing experience!” said Keith. “There was a great vibe going on at the build site as we all worked toward a common goal – to build houses for families in need of affordable homeownership. It really cemented the reason that I work for Habitat for Humanity.”

In Fort Erie, Habitat Niagara held a Home Dedication Ceremony on July 14th to celebrate the completion of Scott and Kory’s house and to celebrate being part of the Carter Work Project helping 150 families have a place to call home.

Click here to view photos from the Carter Work Project.

Click on the below links to see the opening and closing ceremonies of the 34th annual Carter Work Project in Canada:

Opening Ceremonies

Closing Ceremonies

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