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December 10, 2013

Habitat honors donors

MILLEDGEVILLE — Habitat for Humanity Milledgeville-Baldwin County expressed gratitude toward its donors by honoring them at a donor appreciation event held at First United Methodist Church Thursday.

“We wanted to show our donors that we appreciate their loyalty and generosity toward Habitat,” Murali Thirumal, executive director of Habitat, said. “That’s why we held this event in their honor.”

The event was well received by guests.

“It’s nice. I get to come out and meet new people and see some faces that I haven’t seen in a while,” Jennie Halim, recent recipient of a Habitat home, said. “It’s good to kind of be back in the midst of everybody.”

The event also celebrated Habitat’s recent success during Georgia Gives Day. This year, Habitat ended Georgia Gives Day with approximately $20,000 in donations and incentive prizes.

The money goes toward the two-year plan devised by Thirumal to help rebuild Habitat’s budget.

Faced with a large deficit in the 2012 Fiscal Year, Habitat hired a new executive director, Thirumal, who made it his mission to bring Habitat back to life.

“It’s been a definite uphill climb. The graph looks much better now than it did four or five years ago,” Doris Moody, Habitat president, said.

Thirumal aims to gain $100,000 for Habitat through donations and grants by the end of 2013.

So far, Habitat has achieved most of the goal.

“I think we’ll make this $100,000 goal by the end of the year,” Moody said. “We’re doing some pushing, but we still (have) some outstanding grants.”

The public relations campaigns group aiding Habitat gave the guests a survey as they were leaving, asking them to evaluate Habitat’s performance throughout the past year. In their responses, guests noted Habitat’s revitalization and the success of Georgia Gives Day.

Habitat for Humanity of Milledgeville-Baldwin County is an ecumenical, nonprofit, Christian ministry dedicated to the elimination of substandard housing.

The affiliate provides opportunities for families by partnering with them to build decent, affordable housing and improving quality of life, while also improving the neighborhoods in which they live and our community as a whole. Each partner family purchases their home with an interest-free 20-year mortgage and performs at least 300 hours of sweat equity labor on their homes and other homes being constructed.

 

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