Jun 22 2009

Shelby: Millard Fuller Leaves Behind a Great Legacy

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) applauded the passage of a Senate Resolution celebrating the life and achievements of Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity.  Senator Shelby introduced the resolution to honor Mr. Fuller.  The resolution was approved by the Senate by Unanimous Consent on June 11, 2009.

“Millard Fuller was a great American entrepreneur who dedicated his life to sheltering the poor,” said Shelby. “He leaves behind a great legacy of leadership and of service to the world’s most vulnerable residents. It is because of Millard that thousands of people across the world have a place to call home.  I am proud that the entire Senate has joined me in recognizing and honoring his life.”

Below is the text of the resolution:
S.RES.183
Whereas Millard Fuller was born on January 3, 1935, in the small cotton-mill town of Lanett, in Chambers County, Alabama, and would later graduate from Auburn University and the University... (Agreed to by Senate)
SRES 183 ATS
111th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. RES. 183
Celebrating the life and achievements of Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 11, 2009
Mr. SHELBY (for himself, Mr. SESSIONS, Mr. ISAKSON, and Mr. CHAMBLISS) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to
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RESOLUTION
Celebrating the life and achievements of Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity.
Whereas Millard Fuller was born on January 3, 1935, in the small cotton-mill town of Lanett, in Chambers County, Alabama, and would later graduate from Auburn University and the University of Alabama School of Law;
Whereas Millard Fuller became a self-made millionaire by the age of 29 and could have lived out the rest of his life in comfort, but instead he and his wife sold all of their possessions, donated the proceeds to the poor, and began searching for a new purpose for their lives;
Whereas Millard Fuller and his wife established Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Georgia, in 1976;
Whereas Habitat for Humanity has constructed more than 300,000 homes for 1,500,000 people and has a presence in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and more than 90 countries around the world;
Whereas Habitat for Humanity's noteworthy accomplishments include building 263 houses across the United States in 1 week and massive rebuilding efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina;
Whereas in 2005, Millard Fuller established The Fuller Center for Housing, which works with local organizations to provide support and guidance to repair and build homes for impoverished individuals and is located in 24 States and 15 countries on 5 continents;
Whereas Millard Fuller provided 3 decades of leadership and service to Habitat for Humanity and The Fuller Center for Housing, committing his life to philanthropy and service to others while raising global concern for homelessness and poverty;
Whereas Millard Fuller was honored with over 50 honorary doctorate degrees by colleges and universities throughout the United States and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation's highest civilian honor, by President William Jefferson Clinton in 1996; and
Whereas Millard Fuller passed away on February 3, 2009, leaving behind a loving wife, a proud family, and a legacy that will extend far beyond his life: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate--
(1) celebrates the life and achievements of Millard Fuller;
(2) acknowledges the millions of people he and his organization have served and the inspiration he has given to so many; and
(3) encourages all the people of the United States to recognize and pay tribute to Millard Fuller's life by following the example of service that he set.