Jimmy Carter’s 2014 trip to Oak Cliff is still having an impact on families, according to Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.
DALLAS – The day after former President Jimmy Carter entered the hospice, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity leaders express gratitude for the president’s 39-year partnership with the nonprofit.
Carter and his wife Rosalyn came to Dallas and Fort Worth in 2014 to help build 30 homes and renovate 20 others in East Oak Cliff.
“I had the incredible once in a lifetime opportunity to work alongside the President and Mrs. Carter,” said Blaine Cowart, vice president of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Services.
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Carter made the trip to North Texas even though he had just turned 90.
“The average person, who may not know much about President Carter, might have thought he would come out and support the project while on the sidelines, which couldn’t be further from the truth. President Carter is one of the hardest working people. ever dated,” Cowart said.
FOX 4’s Clarice Tinsley spoke to Mr. Carter back in 2014 about why he kept working hard.
“Well, the most emotional aspect of Habitat is when we finish the house and we give the keys and the Bible that Rosaleen and I signed to the homeowners and let them know that for the first time in their lives they will own the house,” the former president said.
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President Carter continued to work full time after the cameras disappeared.
“Well, I noticed that I have lost about 10% of my energy since I was 85, you know, I work all day, but still I do well, work full time with everyone and get a lot out of it. pleasure. Mr. Carter said in 2014.
“We planned the project diligently, knowing that he is an enterprising person. If we had to do something on the roof, expect President Carter to be on the roof of this house, brandishing a hammer and doing it.” Cowart said.
Rosalynn Carter, the former president’s wife, now 76, also did manual labor.
Cowart says Mr. Carter decided to meet with 30 families who were buying their homes through Habitat.
“Every morning he and his family prayed for the house he was working on,” Cowart said.
Cowart says that almost 9 years later, families are still feeling the effects.
“They have grown families,” she said. “Knowing that homeowners who bought in 2014 are now enjoying the shares is a real treasure.”
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Habitat says they continue to wish President Carter comfort as he is surrounded by the love of his family in Plains, Georgia.
For those who want to continue Carter’s mission in Habitat for Humanity, click here.
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