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Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives! Thrivent Builds for Lutherans" Sponsors Habitat Home

Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives!
Thrivent Builds for Lutherans" Sponsors Habitat Home

In our world today, millions of people-from families with small children to elderly couples on a fixed income-live in houses that are overcrowded, unhealthy, even dangerous. People living in these conditions struggle to achieve even the most foundational needs: food, water, safety and rest. When survival needs go unmet, families cannot turn their attention to higher needs such as education, emotional health, career and healthy relationships. Living in substandard conditions yields a constant mix of despair, stress and a preoccupation with "getting by."
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity are joining together in an unprecedented alliance that will put the faith of Lutherans and their communities into action to help families in need move into the economic mainstream and put an end to poverty housing.
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County (HFHWC) and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will assist another family in 2009 as part of a $24 million effort across the United States. Our local Habitat agency has been awarded $75,962 or 65% of the funds needed to build a home, land included, in 2009 through Thrivent Financial for Lutheran's Thrivent Builds program.
Local volunteers, of whom at least half will be Lutheran plus twenty-five percent will be Thrivent Builds members, will construct the Thrivent Builds house. The Habitat partner family receiving the home will contribute 500 hours of "sweat equity" labor helping to build their own home. The ground breaking for this home is scheduled for April 4, 2009, with construction scheduled to begin in late April.
The alliance between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans continues to build hope for low-income families amidst economic difficulties as the mortgage crisis unfolds nationwide.
Since 2005, it has given more than 1,000 families an opportunity to achieve the American dream of homeownership. In 2009, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity will contribute more than $24 million to help build another 314 affordable homes in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Hundreds of local Habitat affiliates will build these homes alongside members of Thrivent Financial and other community volunteers.
"Decent, affordable housing continues to be an unattainable dream for many families. But this support from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans means that we can make that dream come true for an additional family in 2009" said Sherry Cooper, Executive Director of HFHWC. We're so proud to be a part of the Thrivent Builds alliance."
Building 314 homes across the country is a huge undertaking. Based on actual numbers from the three previous years of the alliance, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity expects: more than 100,000 volunteers and the home-buying partner families to work side-by-side to complete these 314 decent, affordable homes; and a total investment of more than 600,000 volunteer hours on the construction sites "We're very excited about the opportunity to build a house with our local Lutherans," said Rev. Ed Heim, Thrivent Chapter Specialist for the build and pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church. "We look forward to following Jesus' command to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters in need."
Thrivent Builds and Habitat for Humanity supports Habitat housing building in the United States and abroad through its Thrivent Builds Homes and Thrivent Builds Worldwide programs. It also supports the Thrivent Builds Mobile, a "multi-media exhibit on wheels" that will tour the United States in 2009 as it advocates for affordable housing and informs visitors about the Thrivent Builds alliance and how they can become involved.
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry dedicated to building decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in need in Washington County. Since 1994, HFHWC has worked with 28 families to build homes. For more information, contact Kathy Powderly at 301-791-9009 or or visit

William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.

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