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Habitat for Humanity international collection opens at Hargrett Library

Habitat for Humanity International will frame a house, to be used as affordable housing in Athens, on the lawn of the UGA Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries April 1.

The symbolic house framing will be the highlight of a program to announce the opening of the Habitat for Humanity International records at UGA’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Habitat’s materials are the latest and largest addition to a growing body of related collections at the library that revolve around the topics of housing, philanthropy and social change. These materials document the formation, growth and operation of one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations as it has worked toward the mission of ending substandard housing around the globe.

UGA President Jere W. Morehead and Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford will participate in the April 1 activities, including the ceremonial raising of an exterior wall of the house during a program beginning at 11:30 a.m. The theme for the day is “Preserving Our Past, Building Our Future.”

After the event, the structure will be moved by Athens Habitat for Humanity to the Carpenter’s Circle neighborhood, where it will be completed by local volunteers and become home to Kim Arnold and her daughter, Molly.