2018 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project

During the week of August 26-31, 2018, Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County had the honor of hosting the 2018 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

Habitat was founded in 1976 in Americus, Georgia,  near Carter’s hometown of Plains, Georgia. In 1984, President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter helped Habitat volunteers renovate a 19 unit building in New York City.  Although President Carter never intended to start an annual project, that is exactly what happened.

The Carter Work Projects started modestly and built slowly. What began small in the US has now grown to be a national and international event of significant scale over the past 3 decades.

President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn have brought international attention to the Habitat mission, but the fruits of their labor have directly impacted lives in communities in 21 states and 14 countries. The Carters’ humble service speaks volume. Each year, they work alongside volunteers and Habitat families building homes.

For our local project, we completed:

23 New homes in Mishawaka, IN

5 New homes in South Bend, IN

11 Major home repairs in South Bend, IN

2 Rehabilitated homes in South Bend, IN

During the project week, we built 23 new homes in a brand new neighborhood in Mishawaka. We were joined by close to 2,000 volunteers from all around the world, including President and Mrs. Carter, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, and David Letterman.  Volunteers worked alongside future homeowners to construct their new homes. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes, and pay an affordable mortgage when they purchase their house. We completed a lot of work in just one week, and built a lasting community together. Today, all 23 homes are occupied by happy Habitat homeowners.

See below to view video recaps of the project, read update posts leading up to and during the project week, meet the families who partnered with us, or learn more about the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

Almost Impossible

Carter Work Project Video Recap

Happy Snaps