ATLANTA — Habitat for Humanity issues the following statements on the Ukraine crisis:
Jonathan T. M. Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International
“We at Habitat for Humanity continue to pray for the people of Ukraine as we watch the disturbing images of deadly attacks on the country. We are deeply concerned that the violence will claim more lives and force more families from their homes.
Our partners in Odessa, who are leading work around energy-efficiency in housing, today reported that their staff are safe. But they are understandably shaken by deadly rocket attacks less than 150 miles away. We stand in solidarity with them and all the other people working tirelessly in Ukraine to ensure more people have access to decent housing.
As an organization that builds homes, communities and hope, Habitat for Humanity is calling for an end to the violence that threatens all three.”
Rick Hathaway, Vice President, Europe and the Middle East, Habitat for Humanity International
“Habitat for Humanity leaders in Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia have started contingency planning in the event large numbers of people are forced out of their communities in Ukraine and into neighboring countries. In the meantime, we will continue praying for peace and an end to the conflict so that families can remain in the places they call home.”
About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity found its earliest inspirations as a grassroots movement on an interracial community farm in south Georgia. Since its founding in 1976, the Christian housing organization has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.