"It is such an honor to host...such a notable couple who have done so much humanitarian work on behalf of affordable homeownership, not just in the United States but around the world, said Danny Herron, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville.
Merely months after recovering from a surgery due to a broken hip, former US President Jimmy Carter is all set to resume his role as a volunteer housebuilder at his 36th Carter Work Project, reports PEOPLE. Teaming up with Habitat for Humanity, the Nobel Peace prize winner will be heading towards Nashville, Tennessee in October. Continuing his decade-long role as a volunteer he will be picking up his hammer and nails once again for a good cause. According to CNN, the 94-year-old is set to build 21 new houses in the Park Preserve neighborhood of Nashville alongside his wife former first lady Rosalynn Carter, 92.
Joining other volunteers and future habitat house owners, Carter will continue his humanitarian project that will begin on October 6 and last until October 11. During an interview with Fox 8 affiliate WFAA, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, Danny Herron, expressed, "It is such an honor to host a former President of the United States and his wife, especially such a notable couple who have done so much humanitarian work on behalf of affordable homeownership, not just in the United States but around the world."
"We are excited about the opportunity to work alongside the Carters, hundreds of volunteers who may be visiting Nashville for the first time and all of the future homeowners," added Herron. Explaining the importance of such projects the CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, Jonathan Reckford, said it helps reveal the challenge one has to face in order to procure affordable housing. "President and Mrs. Carter know the cause of affordable housing is only becoming more urgent, and so we are so grateful they will once again mobilize hundreds of hands and thousands more voices to this cause," added Reckford.
According to reports, Rosalynn and Carter have been volunteering their work at this organization for 35 consecutive years. And the oldest living president in US history last participated in this project back in 2018 in Mishawaka, Indiana, alongside his lovely partner. Seems like there's no stopping for the former presidential couple who started this noble work with Habitat in 1984 according to CNN. Till date, the power couple has worked alongside "more than 103,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate or repair 4,331 homes."
They have been building homes in several parts of the world, including South Dakota, Miami, and Houston, also countries like South Korea, Haiti, India, and Phillippines. Last year, Nashville was announced as the 2019 location as the Tennessee city had lost more than 20 percent of its affordable housing ever since 2000. The news about Carter's comeback comes shortly after the Democrat had reportedly suffered a hip injury due a nasty fall at his home in Plains, Georgia. He's back on the field just months after his surgery in May—which is definitely saying something about his dedication towards the cause.
Speaking of his commitment, here's an instance. Back in 2017, the former president had to be admitted to a hospital situated in Winnipeg, Canada, after his body was dehydrated while working on the outdoor project for Habitat. Thankfully, he was released the next day. In addition to these health crises, Carter also survived cancer spots that had spread to his brain in 2015. But this didn't stop him from carrying on his good work. After undergoing surgery for his broken hip, a spokeswoman informed that he would be recuperating at home and will not be missing his Sunday school class at local Maranatha Baptist Church. The following month he resumed his teaching.
"I stayed busy every year and I intend to stay busy as long as I’m physically and mentally able," former President Carter told PEOPLE right after his 90th birthday back in 2014. "Ninety is not all that significant to me. I feel a lot younger—maybe 60, 70," added Carter, who is still active and is showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon.