Habitat for Humanity reaches milestoneHabitat for Humanity of Douglas County was part of an international milestone celebrated December 4 in Minneapolis.
Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County was part of an international milestone celebrated December 4 in Minneapolis.
A unique alliance between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, has resulted in 2,000 homes for families in the past four years.
Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County built five homes as part of that effort.
At the December 4 event, Thrivent Financial announced a 2010 commitment of $15 million to Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity and its homebuilding program, continuing its support of Habitat’s mission for a fifth year.
This funding will make the construction of 181 additional homes in 37 states possible.
Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County has received word that it has been awarded $82,092 for the construction of a Thrivent Builds home in the coming year.
The home will be located at 909 Oak Street in Alexandria.
“The Thrivent Builds alliance has helped Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County increase the number of families served in our community,” said Lori Anderson, executive director. “We are so grateful for Thrivent’s support of our efforts to provide decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need. Our newest partner family, Denise Hagen, and her mentors John and Joan Huseth, are already working together to prepare for construction and move in.”
During this season of giving, donors can make an online donation at www.hfhdouglascounty.org or by mail to: Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County, 911 State Highway 29 N, Suite 200, Alexandria, MN 56308. The affiliate plans to build three homes in 2010.
While Thrivent Financial provided at least 65 percent of the funding for each of the 2,000 homes, local volunteers – many of them Thrivent members and members of area Lutheran congregations – assisted with construction and helped raise additional funds.
The four-year Thrivent Builds alliance was announced in September 2005 and has helped construct approximately 6 percent of Habitat homes built in the United States from 2006 through 2009.
Ongoing in 2010, the Thrivent Builds partnership continues to ensure Thrivent Financial as one of the largest non-government supporters of Habitat for Humanity International.
About Habitat for
Humanity of Douglas County
Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1997 and has built 24 homes.
Homeowner families are selected according to established criteria: need for housing, ability to partner with Habitat and ability to pay.
Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. Partner families purchase the homes from Habitat with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.
Volunteers provide most of the labor. Tax deductible donations of money, land and materials are provided by individuals, organizations, churches, foundations and businesses.
For more information on how to support Habitat or get involved, call (320) 762-4255, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.hfhdouglascounty.org.