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Jackson County Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, International, a world-wide nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI was founded in 1976 in Americus, Georgia, by Millard Fuller, and with his wife, Linda.

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Jackson County Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1988. Its key organizers were Bob Sanford, his wife Peggy, and their friend and co-worker, Janet Harns. Others from church congregations across the county soon joined the effort: Isaiah Morgan, Annie Bradwell, Bill Wimberly, and Elmore Bryant. These are only a few of the many who worked to organize the affiliate. From the beginning, and fairly uniquely among Habitat affiliates, Jackson County Habitat for Humanity was overtly committed to representation drawn across racial lines both on its Board of Directors and among the families partnering to receive houses.

After taking months to complete the first house, the Board committed to building a house in a week. Bob and Bill Wimberly led the successful effort, which required massive planning and coordination to accomplish. There was no executive director for the affiliate at that time, so the entire burden of planning and building the house was borne by the volunteers.

By the time of Bob’s death in 1993, the affiliate had built 12 houses.

Since those early days, JCHFH has added an executive director, a thrift shop, and student builds. Forty six homes have been completed. The 47th, the Bob Sanford build, is the first sponsored by a family. It is a student build, using students from Blackburn College, founded in 1837 and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), located in Carlinville, Illinois. The students will arrive on Sunday afternoon and spend the week of their spring break drying in the house and enjoying the Florida sunshine. They will be housed and fed by volunteers in the community.

From the beginning, and fairly uniquely among Habitat affiliates, Jackson County Habitat for Humanity was overtly committed to representation drawn across racial lines both on its Board of Directors and among the families partnering to receive houses.

The affiliate is a non-profit organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors. Its executive director is Leslie Fuqua, who can be contacted at (850) 482-2187.