Jimmy Carter on Saturday came to the aid of his former nanny, whose home was destroyed in flooding that ravaged the town in July.
"The Lord knew I needed help, and he sent him," said Annie Mae Rhodes, 77, who worked for the Carter family for 22 years. She had held Carter's father, Earl, in her arms when he died of cancer.
The former president and his wife, Rosalynn, both major supporters of Habitat for Humanity, were among a group of about 40 volunteers who tore down Mrs. Rhodes' house and worked on several others in the neighborhood.
Habitat is a non-profit group that builds houses in partnership with low-income families. It plans to build 30 homes in Albany to replace some of the 4,200 homes that were damaged or destroyed by the flood.
In the meantime, Mrs. Rhodes and a brother are living in a government-supplied trailer.