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Habitat for Humanity of High Point has hired its first employee, an executive director.

Becky Albright, who began her duties Oct. 18, was hired from a field of 150 candidates, said David Miller, chairman of Habitat's volunteer board of directors.``The thing that appealed to us about Ms. Albright was her experience in dealing with volunteers and a volunteer board, her understanding of Habitat and her spiritual experience,' Miller said.

Albright, 37, of Greensboro had served the past 10 years as the executive director of the American Cancer Society for Greensboro and Rockingham County. She is a 1978 graduate of High Point College.

Miller characterized hiring Albright as ``a big step.'

``We've done everything up to this point with volunteers,' Miller said.

Founded in 1987, Habitat has built 10 houses to date - one each in its first four years and six this year. Plans for next year include more construction, Miller said, necessitating better organization and more of a full-time effort.

Albright said she is excited about joining the Habitat ministry.

``I am grateful to join the excellent volunteers in High Point who are meeting so many important needs,' she said. ``The theme of Habitat - 'Building Houses in partnership with God's people in need,' is a wonderful mission to be part of.

``It's very ambitious for a volunteer group to undertake a task such as this,' she said.\


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