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Eveleth donates lot for Habitat's Thrivent Builds Home

Posted: 2009-02-26 11:53:09

Eveleth Mayor Bill Matos presents deed for donated lot to the Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Builds alliance.
Nathan Thompson (Habitat executive director), Rev. Brian Birk (Habitat and Thrivent board member), Angela Curry (Habitat homeowner), Tom Krause (Habitat and Thrivent board member), Jane Severson (president, Mesabi chapter of Thrivent), Bill Matos (Eveleth mayor)

EVELETH, Minn. (Feb. 23, 2009) – 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.

Locally, North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity has been awarded $63,635.00, or 65 percent of the funds necessary, to build another home in 2009 through the alliance. This home will be built by area volunteers, of whom at least one-half will be Lutheran and one-fourth will be Thrivent Financial members. The Habitat partner family will also invest a minimum of 200 hours of “sweat equity” helping to build their home. Construction will begin in June and is expected to continue for 6 months.

Since the inception of the Thrivent Builds alliance, North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity has built two of the more than 1,000 Thrivent Builds homes constructed across the nation. In 2009, they join 225 other Habitat affiliates to build the 314 homes funded.

“Affordable housing continues to be a critical need for many families across North St. Louis County. This support from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans enables us to partner with a fifth family this year to build a safe, energy efficient, affordable home,” said Nathan Thompson, executive director of North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity. “We feel so blessed to be partnering once again with Thrivent.”

The City of Eveleth has taken a major step in support of this Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Builds alliance by donating the lot for the upcoming build. “Eveleth is taking careful steps to work on housing issues in the community,” said Bill Matos, Eveleth mayor. “Partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build this home is an exciting way for us to bring affordable homes into the community.”

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
· a total investment of more than 600,000 volunteer hours on the construction sites

“While our members are committed to helping build these homes, we are always looking for more volunteers,” said Jane Severson, President of the Mesabi Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. “We hope others will consider joining us and experience the joy of helping another family build their home.” To volunteer on the Thrivent Builds Site or learn more about the Habitat Homeownership program (applications are being accepted now!) call 866.749.8910 or visit http://www.nslchfh.org/.