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Habitat names new executive director

Bruce Waldron will serve as construction manager, too

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Habitat names new executive director

Bruce Waldron is shown at the Habitat for Humanity Statesboro Pointe development. Waldron was just named executive director of the Bulloch chapter.

            Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County has a new leader, and Bruce R. Waldron expects to continue the mission of those who led before him as he steps into the position of executive director/construction manager.

            The Bulloch County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors announced Waldron's hiring last week. Waldron has a public administration background and recently retired from a position with Carroll County government in Westminster, MD.

            "I'm excited about the position," he said Friday. "I'm ready to get started. I'm excited to get on board ... and continue the mission" that was upheld by previous directors.

            Waldron said he is impressed by the "very good job" previous leaders and other Habitat for Humanity volunteers have done in Bulloch County. He said the challenge facing him now as executive director is the economic slump. "Funding is a little bit tougher," he said, but added he hopes to work towards additional funding ideas that will enable the agency to build more homes for those in need who qualify.

            Habitat for Humanity is a Christian housing ministry that works towards ending poverty housing in Bulloch County as well as elsewhere in the world by building in partnership with families in need.

            The homes aren't free. Those receiving homes must participate in the construction by working on it themselves - called " sweat equity." Then Habitat sells the houses to the new owners with a 20-year, no-interest nonprofit mortgage.

            The mortgage payments are used to help build other houses for qualified people. Since 1991, Habitat for Humanity has built 32 houses in Bulloch County, according to information from the Habitat office at the Outreach Center at 515 Denmark Street in Statesboro.

            Board of Directors members also announced the promotion of Arliesha Mikell-Lovett to the position of Associate Executive Director. Mikell-Lovett, a long-time Bulloch County resident, has been with the local Habitat for Humanity organization for six years, serving as office manager and co-manager of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on East Cherry Street.

            Donated goods such as household items, furniture, books and building supplies are sold at the ReStore to help fund building more Habitat houses.

            For more information about Bulloch County's Habitat  for Humanity, dial (912) 489-2076 or access Internet web site

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