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Thrivent helping out Habitat for Humanity

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.

Locally, Habitat for Humanity of the Detroit Lakes Area has been awarded $92,235 or 65 percent of the funds necessary to build one of the two homes in 2009 through the alliance. This home will be built by area volunteers, of whom at least half will be Lutheran and one-fourth will be Thrivent members.

The Habitat partner family will also invest 500 hours of "sweat equity" helping build their home. Construction will begin in the spring and is expected to continue through the early fall.

"Decent affordable housing continues to be an unattainable dream for many families. But this support from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans means that we can assist another family to achieve that dream," Brian Smith, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Detroit Lakes, said.

Chuck Iverson, Bob Jernberg and Roger Lee are Thrivent Builds specialists for the Becker County board of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. They will be coordinating efforts in Becker County through the Lutheran congregations and many Thrivent members to raise funds and secure volunteers to assist.

To donate cash or in-kind gifts, contact Roger Lee, 1318 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Checks should be made to Thrivent Builds.