Habitat for Humanity and Casita Linda
By Louise Gilliam
Casita Linda was privileged to have met Linda Fuller Degelmann, who with her late husband, Millard Fuller, founded Habitat for Humanity in 1976. Linda and her new husband, Paul Degelmann, were visiting Linda’s daughter, Faith, and her husband, Scott, here in San Miguel and expressed an interest in what Casita Linda was doing for the underprivileged in our community. We took them on a tour of some of the houses we have built and visited with the families whose lives Casita Linda has changed. They were duly impressed with the work we are doing. Casita Linda has so far served more than 85 wonderful families, helping transform their lives with simple, decent shelter.
During the Fuller’s visit, we learned a bit of the fascinating story behind Habitat for Humanity. Millard and Linda Fuller became millionaires in their 20s, but something was missing. All their money could not buy happiness, and Millard’s thirst to succeed in the business world nearly destroyed their marriage. In a last-ditch attempt to save their marriage, they gave away all their millions and rededicated their lives to serving God. It was a decision that shocked their family and friends, but it became a decision that saved their family … and changed the world. The Fullers paid a visit to Koinonia Farm in Georgia and decided to move to the intentional Christian community. There, they learned the concept of Partnership Housing from “Cotton Patch” theologian Clarence Jordan. They used that as their basis in founding Habitat for Humanity in 1976 and the Fuller Center for Housing in 2005.
To date, both organizations have built or repaired more than one million homes worldwide in partnership with people in need of affordable and decent shelter.
We at Casita Linda are so thankful to Linda and her family for sharing with us valuable information that will help Casita Linda continue on our mission to build homes for those living in extreme poverty in San Miguel de Allende. Please visit www.casitalinda.org to find out how to donate to our cause.