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    Habitat For Humanity
      Habitat for Humanity was begun in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller after they visited Koininia Farms in Americus, Georgia. It is a Christian organization which started in this country and now is in over 60 countries worldwide.

    The basic idea behind Habitat For Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing around the world. Houses are constructed completely with volunteer labor and then sold to the candidates for the cost of building with no interest added to the cost. Candidates for Habitat houses will put in 350 sweat equity hours on the house to qualify for ownership.

    In 2007 First UMC, Paris decided to sponsor a Habitat house and began raising money for a house. $40,000 was raised and in 2008 a house was built at the corner of Brown and Virginia streets for Jennifer Smith and her son Ethan.

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