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A Christian Ministry
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Habitat is founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety.

Interested in how your church can get involved with Habitat? Visit Habitat's Get Involved page.

Habitat has an open-door policy: All who desire to be a part of this work are welcome, regardless of religious preference or background. Habitat for Humanity has always had a policy of building with people in need regardless of race or religion, and we welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.

A Bible is presented to new Habitat homeowners at their house dedications. The work of Habitat for Humanity is driven by the desire to give tangible expression to the love of God through the work of eliminating poverty housing. Habitat's mission and methods are predominantly derived from a few key theological concepts: the necessity of putting faith into action, the “economics of Jesus”; and the “theology of the hammer”.
 
 
 

RE/MAX of Georgia Announces Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Realtors across the state join to help Habitat for Humanity of Georgia

Atlanta, Ga. – Aug. 14, 2012― RE/MAX® of Georgia announces a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Georgia. The initial goal is to raise more than $80 thousand through the efforts of RE/MAX-affiliated companies and sales associates to help serve families across the state. Funds raised will create and preserve home ownership – that means not only going toward building new homes, but also to help keep families in their current homes by making necessary repairs, adding accessibility for handicapped persons, and more where necessary.

The campaign will kick off with a company-sponsored golf tournament on September 13 at Eagles Landing Country Club. RE/MAX of Georgia is encouraging individual agent involvement by linking local offices with Habitat chapters and specific community efforts across the state. This new partnership will offer another opportunity for RE/MAX Realtors to contribute to the overall well being of the communities in which they serve.

“Habitat for Humanity of Georgia is an ideal partner for RE/MAX’s community involvement efforts,” said Dane Ellison, Chief Executive Officer for RE/MAX of Georgia. “Habitat shares the same vision our agents do of helping people realize the American dream of home ownership”.

“Many of the families served are not only first time home buyers, but are actually first generation homeowners,” said Harold Tessendorf, President of Habitat for Humanity of Georgia. “Through working with RE/MAX of Georgia, we’re not only opening doors for these families, we’re opening new doors to new partnerships in our home state.”

According to the 2011 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, a full 60 percent of recent first-time homebuyers cited the desire to own a home of their own as the primary reason for purchasing a house. While today’s economic environment has postponed home ownership for some, recent data indicate that home ownership is once again on the rise, all over the country and right here in Georgia.

The most recent S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices show average home prices up nearly four percent in Atlanta, which is largely credited to an increase of qualified buyers.

Nationwide, RE/MAX is committed to giving back to the communities in which it serves. In 1992 the organization became the first official real estate sponsor of the Children’s Miracle Network. To date, the group has contributed more than $56 million to the cause that raises funds and awareness for 174 children’s hospitals in North America that treat more than 17 million children who are afflicted with diseases, injuries and birth defects.

RE/MAX is the exclusive real estate sponsor of the Komen Race for the Cure® Breast Cancer Survivor Recognition Program. RE/MAX honors survivors by providing the signature pink t-shirts and caps for race participants to wear. Other race participants receive “In Memory of” or “In Celebration of” back signs to honor friends and loved ones. RE/MAX teams also participate in and volunteer at community Komen Race events.

About the RE/MAX Network:

RE/MAX was founded in 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger, real estate industry visionaries who still lead the Denver-based global franchisor today. RE/MAX is recognized as one of the leading real estate franchise companies with the most productive sales force in the industry and a global reach of more than 80 countries. With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $100 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and other charities. Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX. Please visit www.remax.com or www.joinremax.com.

About Habitat for Humanity of Georgia:

Habitat for Humanity of Georgia is a state support organization representing Habitat affiliates across Georgia. Founded in 2009, Habitat for Humanity of Georgia supports Georgia affiliates in the four areas of:

• Advocacy & Awareness

• Disaster Preparedness

• Resource Development

• Training/Networking

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitatgeorgia.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.