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Chinn home dedication!

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Many Hands Build a Home!

On Sunday, October 30th, volunteers, and representatives from Habitat for Humanity, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Wells Fargo Foundation and, of course, the excited partner family gathered at 1208 1st Street West in West Eveleth to honor the hard work, the generous financial backing and the community support that made this home possible. The homebuyer—Jennifer Chinn and her four daughters—are more than a little eager to move into their new home in early November! They have completed over 300 hours of “sweat equity” helping to build the home, a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity. They will repay the 0% mortgage over a period of thirty years, illustrating Habitat for Humanity’s objective to give families a “hand up” into affordable housing.

“We appreciate having this opportunity to work with so many wonderful people,” said Jennifer Chinn, Habitat partner family, “It has been so unbelievable to me how so many people from the community came together to help us make our dream a reality. On behalf of myself and my children, we would like to express our gratitude for all the help received during the construction of our house.”

“This is truly a home built by the community to address the issue of simple, decent and affordable housing in Eveleth,” said Nathan Thompson, North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director. “Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the Wells Fargo Foundation and the City of Eveleth joined hands with 175 volunteers to work over 2000 hours in building this home with the Chinn Family.”

The new home, located at 1208 1st Street West in West Eveleth, is a result of several partners coming together. The Wells Fargo Foundation contributed $15,000 and volunteers towards the project. Members of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas raised an additional $10,000 for the project through their annual Gumi Bear sale. Local Catholic Daughters members worked on the home and provided many meals for volunteers. The City of Eveleth supported the project by donating the land on which the affordable home was built.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans sponsored the home through its program called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity; this partnership has resulted in more than 2,500 decent, affordable homes across the country and around the world since 2005. The total six-year commitment from Thrivent Financial now surpasses $150 million. Thanks to its 2.6 million members who own financial products with the organization, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is able to contribute to the improvement of communities like Eveleth. Thrivent Financial contributed 55 percent of the house costs—a total of $55,000—and also engaged local members of Thrivent Financial, members of area Lutheran churches and members of the community at large, to donate additional funds and volunteer their time to work alongside the Chinn family to build the home.

“Thrivent Financial members have worked right beside the Chinn family to make this home a reality,” states Greg Krog, Thrivent Financial representative. “Volunteering is just one of the ways they help make our community a better place to live and grow.”To learn more, visit http://www.thriventbuilds.com/