Press release from Habitat for Humanity:
Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity Dedicate a New Home in Fort Wayne
Habitat for HumanityÂ® International and Thrivent Financial for LutheransÂ® join together to increase affordable housing in Fort Wayne
(July 28, 2010) – On July 30th, 2010, Anita Craig’s new home will be dedicated. Her 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 thousands of decent, affordable homes across the country since 2005. This is the fourth home that has been sponsored in Fort Wayne thanks to its 2.6 million members who own financial products with the organization; Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is able to contribute to the improvement of communities like Fort Wayne. The Thrivent Builds alliance also engages volunteersâ€”members of Thrivent Financial, members of area Lutheran churches and members of the community at largeâ€”to work alongside the partner families to build these homes.
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The Craig’s family, which includes mom Anita and three children, completed 300 hours of “sweat equity” helping to build it, a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity. They will also repay the no-profit mortgage over a period of 20 years, illustrating Habitat for Humanity’s objective to give families a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.”
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The public is invited to attend the dedication of the Craig’s home, at 4pm located at 4826 Warsaw in Fort Wayne. There will be a short blessing of the house and opportunities to tour the house before and after the dedication. For more information about the dedication or about Habitat, please call HABITAT (422-4828) or visit the website at www.fortwaynehabitat.org.
To learn more about Thrivent, please visit www.thriventbuilds.com.
About Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity
Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)3 non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that uses volunteer labor to build simple, affordable homes through partnerships with low-income Allen County families. Once completed the homes are sold to the family with a $500 down payment and at no profit on a 20-year, interest-free mortgage. www.fortwaynehabitat.org
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.
About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit membership organization helping approximately 2.6 million members achieve their financial goals and give back to their communities. As a not-for-profit fraternal benefit society, Thrivent Financial sponsors national outreach programs and activities that support congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need. Thrivent Financial has main offices in Minneapolis, Minn., and Appleton, Wis. For more information, visit www.thrivent.com.