Witnessing a distant cousin struggle with mental illness as a child fueled her commitment to improving the public programs available for those affected.
Returning to Plains after leaving the White House, the Carters continued to make a difference.
In 1982, they founded the Carter Center, a non-profit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life, alleviating suffering, and advancing human rights. The Mental Health program at the Carter Center, initiated by Rosalynn, fights against the stigma associated with mental illnesses and supports mental health journalism.
The Carters became champions for Habitat for Humanity in the 1980s. They launched the Jimmy Carter Work Project, an annual home-building effort that has grown over the years.
Rosalynn Carter’s dedication to helping others, combined with her leadership and hard work, left an indelible mark on the organization and the countless families it has supported.
Rosalynn Carter’s life was a testament to the power of compassion, advocacy, and love. Beyond her role as the nation’s first lady, she devoted herself to causes that improved the lives of countless individuals. Her impact was felt far beyond her 4 years in the White House.