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D.C. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HELPING A WASHINGTON FAMILY'S DREAM COME TRUE

 WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- As a single working mother with a modest income, Vivian Miller once could only dream of owning a home where she could raise her two sons.
 Thanks to Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken & Biscuits, its parent company America's Favorite Chicken Company (AFC) and D.C. Habitat for Humanity, that dream will become reality when a new home for the Miller family begins in a neighborhood near the Capitol at 1423 Congress Place, S.E., on Oct. 23.
 Employees from Washington-area Popeyes and other local volunteers will join the Habitat volunteers in renovating an attractive, three- bedroom condominium with the Millers over eight weeks beginning Oct. 23.
 The Miller's house is the third of 100 Habitat homes to be built worldwide by Popeyes as part of its "Dream Builders" program with Habitat.
 For Vivian Miller, the new house means an opportunity to provide an affordable, comfortable home for her two sons, Gary Sockwell, age 20, and Theron Slater, age 10, who currently share a two-bedroom apartment.
 "It has always been a dream of mine to own a house and now this dream is coming true," said Miller, who has worked as a medical assistant for the past five years. "I've worked hard to make this dream a reality and it's a good feeling to know that my hard work has paid off; I can now give my family a real home."
 Washington-area Popeyes restaurants are raising the $50,000 needed to renovate Popeyes third Habitat home.
 "It's a priority for all of us at Popeyes to help the people in the communities where we live and work," said Jerry Friedlander, owner of Jan Jer Enterprises which operates 20 Popeyes restaurants in the area.
 Each of the AFC "Dream Builder" homes will cost on average $35,000 to build, plus $8,000 for the volunteer labor supplied by AFC as well as employees of Popeyes restaurants, bringing AFC's commitment to more than $7 million. The "Dream Builders" program is the largest corporate sponsorship in Habitat's history.
 "Working in a partnership with Habitat, all of our employees look forward to sharing our 'Dream Builders' vision and making affordable housing more available in every city where we operate restaurants all over the world," said Frank Belatti, AFC's chairman and chief executive officer.
 Habitat houses are built or renovated using as much volunteer labor and donated materials as possible, then sold to a family in need at no profit and no interest, with repayment over a fixed period, according to Carol Casperson, executive director of D.C. Habitat for Humanity. "Homeowners participate in the construction of their own new home and also help other prospective homeowners build their homes," said Casperson.
 Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit volunteer-based organization that makes low-cost housing available in a partnership with low-income families. Founded in 1976 in Americus, Ga., Habitat has affiliates in all 50 states and 35 developing countries around the world.
 Atlanta-based AFC, the world's second-largest quick-service chicken company, is the parent company of Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken & Biscuits and Churchs Chicken.
 Founded in 1972, Popeyes is the world's third-largest chicken chain with 813 restaurants, 698 of which are franchised. In addition to the United States, Popeyes has operations in Honduras, Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Jamaica, Guam, Korea, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan. Popeyes' 1992 system sales were $580 million.
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 /CONTACT: McCall Wilder, 404-659-4446, or Donna Krupa, 202-828-8869, both of Fleishman-Hillard, for America's Favorite Chicken Company/


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