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Thrivent Builds and City of Eveleth Partner with Habitat

Posted: 2009-03-11 10:58:02

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the city of Eveleth are helping Habitat return to the neighborhood of house number one.

The family of Scott and Ann Hanson was selected for the first Habitat for Humanity home built in North St. Louis County. They will soon have new neighbors. Angela Curry and her son, Nathan have been selected for a Habitat for Humanity home in the same West Eveleth neighborhood.

Sometimes Habitat partner families describe being selected to become a homeowner as a dream come true. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is helping this dream come true by providing a grant that will fund 65% of the cost of the home. The city of Eveleth is helping the dream come true by donating the lot. You can help the dream come true by volunteering, by making a financial contribution, or by doing both.

Since 2005, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, through its alliance with Habitat for Humanity, has given more than 1,000 families the opportunity to build and own a decent, affordable home. In the process, strong bonds of friendship have been built and lives have been changed. Angela and her son Nathan are one of the 319 families that Thrivent will help in 2009.

Thrivent also uses these grants to encourage Lutherans to partner with Habitat for Humanity. The grants require local Lutheran congregations to fund 10 % of the cost of the home. They also require half of the volunteers to be Lutheran and half of the Lutheran volunteers to be members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. For this home, Thrivent will provide $63,335. Local Lutheran congregations will need to raise $9,790, and North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity will raise the remaining $24,475.

Habitat plans to partner with five homeowner families in 2009. Without this grant we would only be building four homes. Please join our team by volunteering to help build a home in 2009. If you happen to be a Lutheran, please consider helping on the home in West Eveleth. We should be breaking ground near the end of May or in early June. I hope to see you there.

Pastor Brian Birk
Habitat and Thrivent
Board Member