Habitat for Humanity was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976. They felt that their marriage was unconnected and went on a soul-search, the Fuller’s decided to reconnect with each other and their Christianity. Millard and Linda resulted in selling their most valuable possessions and donating money to the less-fortunate. Their search for a needy community led them to the Koinonia Farm, near Americus, Georgia. The people of this community were eager to find a way to submit an application of Christ’s teachings in the Bible, and luckily so were Millard and Linda. The Fuller’s made a partnership with Clarence Jordan, the owner of Koinonia Farm. Together they set out on a mission to give families with low incomes a decent, non-profit, no interest home.
The idea of Habitat for Humanity was thought of in the 1960s by the Fuller’s. They developed the Humanity Fund in 1968, and in 1976 Habitat for Humanity was recognized as International. Houses are being built all around the country and even around the world. Habitat has over 90 partnerships with foreign countries. This well known organization has helped families in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, Central America, North America, and the Caribbean. The distance decay around the world has no influence on Habitat for Humanity. The founders and volunteers want to do everything they are able to do to help all of the struggling people. Their profound achievements, first locally, then nationally, and finally internationally, have led this movement to become hierarchical diffusion. Habitat originally started contiguously spreading throughout Georgia and then to near by states. Later, it evolved into a non-contiguous movement as Habitat for Humanity started diffusing to other continents.
Habitat for Humanity has been spread through many sources. It is being acknowledged because of its good works, and many people also want to live by Jesus’ words. Habitat for Humanity has diffused hierarchically through time-space compression. Due to technology and communication this is apparent. The places most connected are the ones taking action. Through the internet, ads, and fundraising the word has been spread to places far and near, connecting with this cause. The Habitat for Humanity website is a great way to learn about how anyone can volunteer or donate to this cause. Ordinary people, and even well known people have been helping over 330,000 families by giving them the opportunity for affordable housing and financial support. Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn partnered with Habitat creating the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Each year they take one week to build a home, in a different location each year. Their efforts have given Habitat for Humanity a large amount of publicity, and have involved volunteers from around the world. The Christians and volunteers play a big role in the crowd who has accepted this organization with open arms. Without the work of this local culture Habitat for Humanity would not be able to grow and share with families in need.
Although Habitat for Humanity is continuously growing internationally, this organization must always keep in mind its needs. Donations, fund-raising, and volunteers is what keeps this movement alive. The need for donations and fund-raising is crucial in order for Habitat to continue, without them habitat is unable to help the needy families. From donations Habitat is able to purchase materials, choose a building site, and select a family based on their ability to repay the loans.
The general concept of Habitat for Humanity has been to build housing for families who financially cannot afford to repair, build, rent, or purchase a home. This is an effort to decrease homelessness worldwide. Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman, and child deserves having a satisfactory, safe home. As Habitat went national and international, few changes were made to its non-material culture. Habitat for Humanity continues to focus on building homes, but also now offers financial advice. Financial Fitness, is a resource to help you manage money and savings better, it allows families to be able to afford their home.