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Man To Claim Habitat Home As His Own
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 27, 2003

AMERICUS, GEORGIA--Sunday's Americus Times-Recorder ran a story featuring Larry Donnell Williams, a man with mental retardation and mental illness who will soon live independently in his own home.

According to the article, many experts would have predicted years ago that Williams, now 44, would spend "the rest of his life under special supervision."

But Williams has had jobs at Manhattan Shirt Co., Hardee's, Goodwill Store, Pizza Hut, Habitat for Humanity, two years service with AmeriCorp and currently works at the local Harvey's food store.

He has a driver's license and plans to buy a car before long.

Most of all, he will be able to claim the Habitat for Humanity house, to which he has devoted several hundred hours of "sweat equity" in personal construction, as his very own.

The article credits "proper care, training and the dedication of many individuals" for Williams' successes.

Americus Times-Recorder


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