New Habitat home dedicated in EvansvilleThe newest Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity Home in the community was dedicated on September 24.
The newest Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity Home in the community was dedicated on September 24.
The dedication was attended by a house packed with construction and program volunteers, Thrivent Financial representatives, donors and the partner family.
They gathered to celebrate the hard work, financial backing and the community support that made this home possible.
Homebuyers, Jamie and Heidi Englund, are more than just a little eager to move into their new home. They have completed 400 hours of “sweat equity” helping to build the home, a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity.
John Loken, Habitat board member, presented the Englund family with a new Bible and said, “Jamie and Heidi and their family will now make it a home.”
The Englunds thanked the Habitat volunteers for all their hard work.
Gerald Hansen and Stan Franek, Thrivent Financial representatives, presented the family with a hammer and shared a poem written by Thrivent Financial staff members.
The new home, located at 618 Borgrud Lane in Evansville, is a result of an alliance between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, this alliance has resulted in hundreds of decent, affordable homes across the country since 2005.
Thrivent Financial contributed 65 percent of the house costs – a total of $82,616 and engaged local volunteers who are members of Thrivent Financial, members of area Lutheran churches and members of the community at large, to donate additional funds and volunteer time.
Doug and Sandy Alvstad, family mentors, partnered with the family to plan sweat equity hours during the construction of the home and will work with the family after moving in to ensure a smooth transition to home ownership.
In addition to the celebration of the new Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity Home, the affiliate also took time to acknowledge the 24 homes the Douglas County affiliate has helped build overseas.
Lori Anderson, executive director of the local Habitat program, said, “Our affiliate participates in the home for a home campaign. Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County donates 10 percent of its general contributions to help support the building of homes with families in need in Latin America and the Caribbean.”
Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County is hosting informational meetings for individuals and families interested in learning how Habitat works and to hear how they may be eligible to partner with the organization.
Application orientation sessions will be held on Thursday, October 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 822 Douglas in Alexandria and on Saturday, October 10 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at New Life Christian Church, 1910 Highway 27 East, Alexandria.
Free childcare will be provided. Advance registration is appreciated but not required by calling Habitat for Humanity at (320) 762-4255 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone interested in learning about Habitat’s family selection process is encouraged to attend.