Volunteers with the 35th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Works Project with Habitat for Humanity began construction of 28 new homes Monday in Mishawaka.
After leading a quick devotional, Former President Jimmy Carter, along with Rosalynn Carter, headed to their worksite.
The Carters say the build site this year might be one of the best organized ones they’ve seen yet.
“I think Rosalynn has expressed it properly that we’ve never had as good of preparation,” the former president said.
Carter also touted the camaraderie between Habitat affiliates in the state. Habitat affiliates from the Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, Lafayette, Monroe County and the Chicagoland area all donated to the Indiana St. Joe County Habitat for the event.
“I never have seen that before, and I’m afraid if we had a Habitat project in Georgia, which we have had in the past, that the other affiliates in the state wouldn’t want to pitch in and help the ones that were doing the job,” Carter said.
President and CEO of the St. Joe. County Habitat, Jim Williams says the Carter Works Project serves as motivation to build more. He says St. Joe Habitat has secured an additional 7 acres to build more homes, all thanks to the Works Project.