VALDOSTA -- In his first week as the new executive director for the Valdosta/Lowndes County Habitat for Humanity, Stuart Mullis is still adjusting to his new job and looking forward to the road ahead.

"I've had lots of data to digest and it's been quite a learning experience," Mullis said. "I'm realizing more than ever how much good they do."

Mullis said he wanted to become executive director of the Valdosta/Lowndes County Habitat for Humanity because he wanted to improve the lives of people living in the community.

"I like what Habitat stood for and they make a commitment to eliminate substandard housing in the community," he said. "It's a wonderful way to show how you care for your fellow man."

Mullis said he will build upon the work that the Valdosta/Lowndes County Habitat for Humanity has already accomplished.

"They've built over 100 homes already with donations and volunteer work," Mullis said. "It's a remarkable feat.

Mullis said that Habitat's No. 1 plan is to eliminate all of the substandard housing in Valdosta.

"Over 900 homes are substandard in Valdosta and we want to eliminate all of them in the 21st century," he said. "Our plan is to build between 12 and 15 homes every year."

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