Local family gets new start with Habitat for Humanity home

May 22, 2013 by  

Work on the 35th Habitat home, sponsored by the Thrivent Builds program, recently began in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area.

The groundbreaking event, which was celebrated by Thrivent Financial for Lutheran members along with the Itasca County Habitat for Humanity (ICHFH), was no doubt written about in flyer printing so that the local community would be aware of the new home, which is to be purchased by Tena Buesing for her two sons.

The ICHFH was awarded $56,985 from Thrivent Builds, which is a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans organization. Over the past eight years, the partnership between the two organizations has donated over $180m, with this year’s commitment being $6.8m. This money will be able to construct 113 homes built by Habitat for Humanity in over 30 states, including the Grand Rapids home.

The relationship of Thrivent Financial with Habitat for Humanity enables the volunteer, advocacy, and financial resources of Thrivent Financial to be brought together with the leadership of Habitat for Humanity affiliates that have the construction know-how to build affordable homes. So far, 1,922 homes in the United States have been built by volunteers sparing more than 3.5 million hours of their time.

The ICHFH was founded in 1992 and, since then, has helped 37 families in Itasca County move from poor quality housing into homes they can afford that meet their requirements. The ICHFH has enabled many such families to enjoy the American dream of owning a home, typically with a mortgage of a 0% interest rate over 30 years.