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North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity joins $9.2 million national home-building effort in 2012

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(Dec. 5, 2011) – North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity learned recently that it has been awarded $55,000 to build a home in Virginia, MN in partnership with the Richards family.

This grant, providing 55 percent of the cost of construction, comes from Minneapolis-based Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ unique partnership with Habitat for Humanity International: Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity.

North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity is celebrating their award in conjunction with an international announcement made Dec. 5, 2011, in Minneapolis, Minn., when the partnership’s $160 million mark was surpassed with a $9.2 million commitment for 2012, the seventh year of a strong alliance between the two organizations.

Habitat for Humanity’s relationship with Thrivent Financial brings the financial, volunteer and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial together with the affordable housing construction leadership of hundreds of local Habitat for Humanity affiliates. To date, more than 480,000 volunteers have donated more than three million hours to construct 1,600 homes.

The 2012 commitment will fund the construction and rehabilitation of 142 Habitat for Humanity homes in 32 U.S. states, including the home built by North St. Louis County Habitat in Virginia, MN. Local Lutheran congregations and the Mesabi Thrivent chapter have committed to providing 50% of the volunteers for the project as well as $10,000 in matching fudns.

“The Thrivent Builds alliance is helping North St. Louis County Habitat increase the number of families served in our community,” said Nathan Thompson, Executive Director. “We are so grateful for Thrivent’s support of our efforts to provide decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need.”

Photo: Left, Shannon Hendricks 2010 Habitat Homeowner, Right Greg Krog - Thrivent Financial Representative