Habitat channels the Spirit of the Rocking Chair

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As we start Habitat's 300th home in Durham this summer, we're very proud of the impact Habitat has made building homes, hope and community in Durham. And we're proud to be stewards of the rich legacy built by Durham Habitat's early founders led by Worth Lutz.

Buying a Habitat home transforms the lives of Habitat homeowners, and it also transforms their children's lives by helping an entire family break the cycle of poverty. Habitat's early leaders recognized this impact and it drove their commitment to our mission.

Worth Lutz remains very committed to Durham Habitat, and he shares talents beyond construction. Worth hand carves beautiful rocking chairs from black walnut, using a design he learned directly from artist Sam Maloof, whose work is owned by Presidents and has been shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian.  

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Worth recently donated one of his rocking chairs to Habitat to raise the sponsorship for our 300th home through a raffle. Each ticket costs $500, and only 20 tickets remain. We will raffle the chair to a lucky winner when we kick-off the home later this summer.

Rocking chairs evoke fond memories of families and neighbors sitting on a porch -- memories of community.  Rocking chairs are also a symbol that connects us to our roots as an organization. 

Habitat Success Stories

Pearlie's home was so damaged that neighbors thought it was abandoned. Habitat partnered with the City of Durham to replace Pearlie's roof, a damaged wall, and exterior siding. Pearlie said, "It lifts my spirits. Habitat volunteers are beautiful people."