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Thompson family celebrates dedication of home

Rick and Lori Thompson began to fulfill their sweat equity by helping with the construction of their new home, built in partnership with Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. Their home will be dedicated on Monday, August 19 at 9:30 a.m. at 1310 Natures Trail, Alexandria. Contributed photo

Rick and Lori Thompson, whose home was the first of two homes built this year in partnership with Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, will celebrate the dedication of their home on Monday, August 19 at 9:30 a.m. at 1310 Natures Trail in Alexandria. The public is invited to attend.

Three years ago, the Thompsons experienced challenges in the form of a job change and then a stroke. As they strived to overcome the medical challenge, the financial challenges started to mount.

Having exhausted their savings and retirement funds, the Thompsons worked hard and found the support of friends. Still, the struggles continued, with Rick describing it as "moving one step forward, and two steps back."

Rick heard a public service announcement on a local radio station announcing an open house where families could learn more about applying for partnership with Habitat. They filled out the application and were soon accepted for partnership.

They were partnered with their mentors, Harry and Marlene Bettin, and began work on their sweat equity right away. Construction on their home began in May, with Rick and Lori working alongside volunteers most of the days.

Their home is the ninth home Thrivent has helped to build in Douglas County. Their home was also the local affiliate's first Apostles Build, where area congregations joined together to provide prayer support, volunteer support and financial support for the building of the home.

When asked about their experience working with volunteers, the Thompsons described them as "friendly, hard-working, knowledgeable and dedicated."

Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1997 and has built 36 homes for sale to partner families throughout Douglas County, providing housing for 152 people.

For more information on how to support Habitat or get involved, contact the affiliate at (320) 762-4255 or or visit