Millard Fuller was an ambitious and driven business man. By age 29 he was a millionaire. But in 1965, his life took a dramatic turn when his wife, Linda, told him she was leaving him.
Together, they resolved to save their marriage, give away their fortune to help the poor and focus their lives toward God’s work with a renewed and exciting sense of purpose. Though they had little construction experience, the Fullers set out to change lives just by speaking out, being kind to others and picking up a hammer whenever and wherever they could. In 1976, they founded Habitat for Humanity which has to date built or renovated 400,000 homes worldwide for more than 2 million people.
In 2005, the Fullers once again started over and launched The Fuller Center for Housing which is currently building and renovating homes in 16 countries and dozens of communities in the United States. Working toward a mission to help the more than 1 billion people worldwide who live in poverty housing and the 100 million who are homeless, the Fuller’s extraordinary commitment and legacy continues today through the hearts and hands of hundreds of thousands of volunteers who seek to build a better world, one house at a time.
Through the dedication of thousands of committed people around the world, Habitat for Humanity sheltered more than a million people in need during Millard’s time as its leader. Yet, throughout the world, more than 1 billion people continue to live in poverty housing, and 100 million are homeless. Millard’s lifelong mission was to eliminate this shameful situation and he found great joy in his work. His goal was to work as hard as he could for as long as he could. And he did just that, working up until the very last moment before God called him home on Feb. 3, 2009. He died unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm one month after his 74th birthday.