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First Habitat for Humanity home in Evansville to be built

The alliance between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans continues to build hope for low-income families amidst economic difficulties as the mortgage crisis unfolds nationwide.

The alliance between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans continues to build hope for low-income families amidst economic difficulties as the mortgage crisis unfolds nationwide.

Since 2005, it has given more than 1,000 families an opportunity to achieve the American dream of homeownership.

In 2009, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity will contribute more than $24 million to help build another 314 affordable homes in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Hundreds of local Habitat affiliates will build these homes alongside members of Thrivent Financial and other community volunteers.

Locally, Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County has been awarded $82,616, or 65 percent of the funds necessary, to build one home in 2009 through the alliance.

The home, located at 618 Borgrud Lane in Evansville, will be the first Habitat home in the Evansville area.

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Habitat for Humanity is recruiting a family to apply for this home. Construction will begin in May and the home will be built by area volunteers, of whom at least one-half will be Lutheran and one-fourth will be Thrivent Financial members.

The public is invited to attend a town hall meeting on Saturday, March 28 at the Evansville City Hall located at 106 State Street from 10 to 11 a.m. to find out what Habitat for Humanity is all about, who is eligible for a Habitat home and how to get involved.

Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away. For more information, and to RSVP for the meeting, contact Habitat at (320) 762-4255 or e-mail Habitat at info@hfhdouglascounty.org .

Habitat is also hosting a "Habitat Volunteer Rally" on Thursday, April 2 at the Evansville City Hall at 5:15 p.m. This will be an opportunity for volunteers to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to register to be a volunteer.

Habitat is recruiting families to apply for homes in Evansville, Alexandria and Carlos. Applications are available on the Web site: www.hfhdouglascounty.org , or the affiliate office at 911 State Highway 29 North in Alexandria or by calling (320) 762-4255.

Since the inception of the Thrivent Builds alliance, Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County has built four of the more than 1,000 Thrivent Builds homes constructed across the nation. In 2009, they join 225 other Habitat affiliates to build the 314 homes funded.

"We are very fortunate to be a part of this exciting partnership," said Lori Anderson, executive director. "Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity has been a catalyst for growth for our affiliate. We have moved from partnering with 11 families in our first eight years to building homes for 11 more families in the last three years."

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