Habitat for Humanity Carter Work Project


JACKIE: AS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOMES HAS REACHED CRISIS LEVEL, THERE IS VIRTUALLY NOWHERE IN THE U.S. THAT A FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE EARNING PAIGE CAN AFFORD A ONE-BEDROOM APARTMENT. JOINING US IS THE C.E.O. OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL. HE’S HEAR TO DISCUSS HIS NEWK WITH “OUR BETTER ANGELS,” WHICH OFFERS INFLUENTIAL STORIES WHICH MAY CHANGE YOUR LIFE. JONATHAN IS WORKING WITH FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER AND FORMER FIRST LADY ROSALYNN CARTER. JONATHAN, TELL ME ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE DOING? SO WE ARE BUILDING 21 HOMES WITH FAMILIES IN NASHVILLE WHO ARE GOING TO BUY THESE HOMES AND TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, ONCE AGAIN PRESIDENT AND MRS. CARTER ARE HELPING US BRING ATTENTION TO THE HUGE NEED FOR SAFE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING HERE IN NASHVILLE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. Amberly: WHAT HAS PRESIDENT AND MRS. CARTER’S LONG-TIME DEDICATE TO HABITAT MEANT TO THE ORGANIZATION IN. ONE OF THE MYTHS ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IS THAT PRESIDENT CARTER STARTED IT, WHICH IS NOT TRUE, BUT NO QUESTION HE PUT IT ON THE MAP. WHEN HE AND MRS. CARTER GOT ON A BUS IN 1984 TO RIDE UP FROM GEORGIA TO THE LOWER EAST SIDE OF MANHATTAN TO FIX AN OLD TENEMENT BUILDING, THAT CHANGED WHAT AN EX-PRESIDENT COULD DO. HE HAS BEEN AND HIS WIFE INCREDIBLE ROLE MODELS. WE’RE SO GRATEFUL FOR THEM. IT’S BEEN ONE OF THE GREAT PRIVILEGES OF MY LIFE TO SPEND A WEEK WITH THEM BUILDING SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD. Amberly: YOU PUBLISHED YOUR NEW BOOK CALLED “OUR BETTER ANGELS.” TELL US ABOUT THAT BOOK AND HOW IT CAME ABOUT. THE BECOME CAME FROM AN OP-ED PRESIDENT CARTER WROTE AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY HIT TEXAS. AND WHAT HE SAID THERE IS, QUOTING PRESIDENT LINCOLN, WHEN THE WATERS RISE, OUR BETTER ANGELS COME FORWARD. HE TALKED ABOUT HOW AFTER DISASTER YOU DON’T CARE IF THE PERSON COMING TO RESCUE YOU IS FROM A DIFFERENT RATES OR RELIGION. YOU’RE GRATEFUL FOR THE COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER. HIS CHALLENGE WAS WHY CAN’T THAT HAPPEN EVERY DAY IN ALL OUR COMMUNITIES. WHY DON’T WE RESPOND TO THE SLOW-MOVING CRISES AND CHALLENGES AROUND US, AS WELL. A PUBLISHER SAW THAT AND ASKED IF WE WOULD WRITE A BOOK. AND PRESIDENT CARTER GRACIOUSLY YET A VERY MOVING FORWARD FOR IT. IN IT WE FOCUSED ON VIRTUES AND ACTIONS THAT ALL OF US CAN TAKE AN TELL REALLY I HOPE INSPIRING STORIES OF INDIVIDUALS WHO IS STEPPED OUT AND DONE THINGS THE MAKE THEIR COMMUNITIES BETTER. I HOPE THAT WILL REALLY CHALLENGE THE READERS TO GO OUT AND LOOK FOR WAYS TO PUT THOSE INTO ACTION IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. THE BOOK IS ABOUT SEVEN DIFFERENT VIRTUES THAT YOU THINK HELP CALL ON OUR BETTER ANGELS. WHICH OF THOSE VIRTUES DO YOU THINK WE NEED TO SEE MORE OF THESE DAYS? I THINK WE NEED ALL OF THEM, BUT I MIGHT START WITH KINDNESS. IT’S SUCH A BASIC IDEA, BUT ESPECIALLY WHEN WE WALK AROUND AND LOOK FOR WHAT WE HAVE IN COMMON WITH PEOPLE AND OFFER OUT BASIC KINDNESS TO THEM, I THINK THAT LEADS TO SO MANY OTHER THINGS. THEY TEND TO BE REINFORCING IN THE SAME WAY RESPECT AND SERVICE TEND TO BRING US JOY. AND SO ONE OF THE NOT-SO-SECRET ASPECTS OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND SO MANY OTHER GOOD CAUSES IS WHEN WE REACH OUT AND HELP OTHERS, WE END UP FINDING MORE FULFILL. , MORE JOY, AND MORE PURPOSE IN LIFE, AND THAT BECOMES SELF-REINFORCING. Amberly: SO MANY PEOPLE ASSOCIATE THE VIRTUE OF SERVICE WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. HOW CAN PEOPLE SERVE THEIR COMMUNITY? WE WOULD LOVE TO GET YOU INVOLVED. YOU CAN DO CONSTRUCTION, LIKE YOU HEAR AROUND ME, BUT THERE ARE LOTS OVER WAY, IF YOU GO TO HABITAT.ORG. LEARN HOW YOU CAN PERSONALLY GET INVOLVED WITH HABITAT. IF YOU GO TO HAT AT — HABITAT.ORG/BETTER ANGELS, YOU CAN LEARN ABOUT THE BOOK. I HOPE PEOPLE WILL READ IT AND BE INSPIRED. AND ALL OF MY PROCEEDS ARE BE GOING TO HABITAT. SO WHEN YOU READ IT, KNOW THAT YOU’RE HELPING OUR MISSION AND HELPING MORE PEOPLE GET AFFORDABLE HOUSING. Amberly: WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME TODAY. THANK YOU. THANKS FOR HAVING ME ON.

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