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New Habitat home to be dedicated next Wednesday

Times are tough economically, including in Douglas County.

But that hasn't stopped Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County and local members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans from completing construction on a home with a family in urgent need of one.

Now it's time to celebrate the home they've helped build.

On Wednesday, June 23 at 4:30 p.m., volunteers, Habitat for Humanity representatives, Thrivent Financial representatives and members, donors and the partner family will gather at 909 Oak Street in Alexandria.

They'll honor the hard work, financial backing and community support that made this home possible.

A brief program is planned and the volunteer relations committee will be serving refreshments.

The home buyer, Amy Scott and her family, are more than a little eager to move into their new home, according to Habitat leaders. They have completed 200 hours of "sweat equity" helping to build the home, a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity.

They will repay the no-profit mortgage over a period of 25 years, illustrating Habitat for Humanity's objective to give families a "hand up" rather than a "hand out."

"This dedication opens a new door - in more ways than one - for the Scott family," said Lori Anderson, executive director of the local Habitat program.

The new home 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.

Thanks to its 2.6 million members, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is able to contribute to the improvement of communities like Alexandria.

Thrivent Financial contributed 65 percent of the house costs - a total of $82,092 - and is also engaging 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 their time to work alongside the partner families to build these homes.

"Thrivent Financial members have worked hard to make this home a reality for the Scott family," said Paul Thompson, Thrivent Builds project leader. "Volunteering is just one of the ways they help make our community a better place to live and grow."

Here's how to get to the dedication celebration: Near Noonan Park, from the intersection of 8th Avenue East and Nokomis Street, go one block east, turn south on Oak Street and proceed to construction activity.

For more information, contact Habitat for Humanity at (320) 762-4255, and www.thrivent