Are we committed
…to a cause?
…to making a difference?
…to improving lives?
I stumbled over the following information as I was searching for something else online and condensed it enough to share with you on our blog.
In 1942 (two years before I was born) Clarence Jordan founded Koinonia Farm, a small farming community outside of Americus, Georgia. On this southern farm, which promoted fellowship among all, blacks and whites were paid equally and everyone was invited to sit at the dinner table, regardless of color. Because these beliefs were radical at the time, Koinonia’s members were forced to deal with death threats, firebombs, property damage, KKK rallies, and economic boycotts. Yet the farm and its members, committed to their cause, survived.
In 1965, Millard and Linda Fuller first visited the farm. Three years later, they permanently moved to the farm and, together with Clarence Jordan, developed the idea of “Partnership Housing” – using volunteer labor to build affordable housing for those in need. The Fullers then went on to spend three years in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) where they established a successful housing program.
It was in 1976 that the Fullers founded Habitat for Humanity International. This organization, which former US President Bill Clinton called, “the most successful continuous community service project in the history of the United States” has built more than 250,000 houses, sheltering more than 1,000,000 people in more than 3,000 communities worldwide.
By one group enduring difficulties, remaining focused on the mission, and being committed to their cause, one idea, which began on a small Southern farm, has truly impacted countless lives.
We, at Focus Telecommunications are so blessed. We enjoy a real feeling of unity here at Focus. We are here for one another. If we know someone is having a hard time – we reach out. We share a camaraderie that is hard to define; we are family. I’m grateful for the spirit that holds us together and helps us help our customers in the best possible way!
Thank you all.