Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County raises money for Carter Work Project

SAINT JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - Another step forward for Habitat for Humanity's Carter Work Project in St. Joseph County.

On Friday afternoon, the Greater South Bend and Mishawaka Association of Realtors announced it will put $33,000 toward the project.

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalyn, have promised to build about 20 new houses in Mishawaka in a single week. And to make that happen, Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County needs to reach a total of $4.7 million. So far, they've raised around $3.5 million dollars.

Local realtors have set an ambitious goal of raising $100,000 on their own.

“The leadership has been passionate about what Habitat represents, they just love the idea,” says Jim Williams, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County. “It's such a natural partnership, because we both believe in homeownership and we know what a difference it makes in the lives of families.”

The former president is expected to stop in the area for the work project. It will run from Aug. 26 through Aug. 31.