Habitat For Humanity Joins $6.8 Million National Homebuilding Effort In 2013

Friday, December 21, 2012
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area has been awarded $59,518 towards the cost of a home in Chattanooga in 2013.
 
The grant provides 50% of the cost of construction, and was given to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area by Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, a unique partnership between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International.
 
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area was given the award in conjunction with an announcement of a national gift made by Thrivent Financial on Monday. The 2013 commitment from the organization is $6.8 million and will push the total giving from Thrivent Financial past $180 million, during the eight-year partnership between the two organizations. 
 
Habitat for Humanity’s relationship with Thrivent Financial brings the financial, volunteer and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial together with the affordable housing construction leadership of hundreds of local Habitat for Humanity affiliates. To date, volunteers have donated more than 3.5 million hours to construct 1,922 homes in the U.S.
 
The 2013 commitment will fund the construction and rehabilitation of 113 Habitat for Humanity homes in 31 states, including the home built by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area.  Volunteers and additional funds for the home will be provided by members of the South East Tennessee Northwest Georgia Thrivent Chapter and members of Chattanooga area Lutheran congregations.
 
“We are deeply grateful for Thrivent Financial’s partnership and steadfast commitment to decent, affordable housing around the world,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Working together since 2005 through the Thrivent Builds programs, Habitat and Thrivent have engaged volunteers to help thousands of families improve their homes and the communities in which they live.”

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