February 03, 2009
One of the truly fine Americans of our time has died:
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at February 03, 2009 01:53 PM
Hundreds of thousands of people around our world have adequate housing because of this marvelous human being, Millard Fuller, Founder of Habitat for Humanity International and, subsequently, The Fuller Center.
Let's hope that The Fuller Center continues to thrive and maintain its' genuine nonprofit status of minimizing expenses and providing decent homes for those in need.
Let's also hope that the pathetic "corporate-minded" board of Habitat for Humanity International might regret its' current priorities towards higher executive salaries and attempts to move headquarters and offices to more expensive and glamourous locations.
This is a magnificent opportunity for HFHI to reexamine its' original commitment to reduce internal expenses and dedicate donations primarily to carry out the noble mission initiated some thirty years ago by Millard Fuller.
A public acknowledgement of and restoration of appreciation for its' Founder could help restore the global loss of respect for Habitat following the firing of its' Founder in 2005.
My deepest condolences to Millard's family.
I was honored to be a part of HFH from 1990-95
in Danville, KY. As local board member and construction supervisor on 4 homes, as well as volunteer on others.
Millard was a great inspiration, as well as President Jimmy Carter.
RIP Millard. You deserve it.
It must have been sudden. He was scheduled to speak at our local library this week.
I had the opportunity to know Millard Fuller and he was a blessing to me. Millard had HEART; genuine, passionate, sacrificial heart – the real kind that loved his neighbor to the point that was happy and willing to slave for his fellow man and GOD. I never encountered him in any manner that was not supportive and encouraging, while he worked tirelessly to teach us to help one another, work together and reach out to those in need here and abroad. He endured persecution, but he persevered with forgiveness and goodness. He resisted his own comfort for the comfort and care of others. He walked in criticism and fraudulent remarks to his character – but only responded with continual self improvement. He gave his all in an effort to help us and bring peace to our world – and his all was good enough for me – in fact, He was one of the best men I have ever known. HE WAS A GREAT AMERICAN! And we will be hard pressed to ever match his willing charitable heart. He modeled a life style that made me want to be a better person and taught ways that lift others while bringing freedom and liberty to the common man. Watching him reminded me of what being an American is all about – Millard knew no enemies, no racial barriers and continually tried to lighten the load of others both physically and financially. He insisted on no profit and no interest relating to his work, trading the pursuit of wealth for the hope and toil of a better world. I am thankful to have known Millard Fuller and to be counted as one of his friends. I mourn our loss and am jealous of the Heavens gain, and my heartfelt prayer hopes the seed of his heart will take root and flourish in the nation that bears GODs name and covenant blessing. This sacred ground calls out for our best and his lead was a great reminder of who we are and the path that is meant for GODs people. In thankful remembrance of Millard Fuller; founder of Habitat for Humanity, Fuller Center for Housing and relentless builder of our great nation.
Matthew Mark Petrin