A New Home And A Thanksgiving Blessing

Monday, November 18, 2013
New Habitat homeowner, Teresa Reed, is overjoyed after receiving the key to her new home from Thrivent Financial's Dave Mietzner
New Habitat homeowner, Teresa Reed, is overjoyed after receiving the key to her new home from Thrivent Financial's Dave Mietzner
Teresa Reed always hoped for a safe, secure home she could call her own.  After decades of dreaming and working towards her goal, she finally achieved the American Dream with the support from Habitat from Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area and Thrivent Financial. On Saturday, just weeks before Thanksgiving, Ms. Reed and her teenage son received their Thanksgiving blessing…the keys to their three-bedroom, two-bath Southside home.

“Words can hardly describe how grateful I am for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area and Thrivent Financial,” said Ms. Reed. “I spent more than half of my life as a renter and I know I would not have fulfilled my dream of becoming a homeowner without the support from these amazing organizations. I will be forever grateful for them.”

Thrivent Financial joined forces with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area to build the Reeds’ new home. It is the sixth Habitat home built by the Chattanooga Chapter of Thrivent Financial since 2007.

“For the members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Lutheran Churches in the area, working together on the Reed home and raising funds for it has been a fun challenge and a blessing,” said Mark Gluckner, Financial Consultant at Thrivent Financial.  “We were fortunate enough to see the weekly impact each team made over the past four months, moving the construction to a completed home for Teresa and her son, Jamel, just in time for the holidays.”

At work in Chattanooga since 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga is dedicated to transforming the Greater Chattanooga area by building affordable and energy efficient homes. The Reeds’ home is the 246th home built by the local affiliate and the seventh home built this year.
 
“We applaud and thank Thrivent Financial for their continued commitment to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area,” said David Butler, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area. “With partners like Thrivent Financial, we are able to provide the joy and security of homeownership to more families throughout the Chattanooga region.”

To learn more about partnership opportunities with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area or if you’re interested in becoming a Habitat homeowner, call 423 756-0507 or visit www.habichatt.org.
First row (from left to right): Mark Glucker, Thrivent Financial; new Habitat homeowner, Teresa Reed; and David Butler, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area; second row: Ron Morris, Thrivent Financial; Janice Meissner, Thrivent Financial; and Teresa's son, Jamel Ar-Rahmaan; third row: Dave Mietzner, Thrivent Financial
First row (from left to right): Mark Glucker, Thrivent Financial; new Habitat homeowner, Teresa Reed; and David Butler, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area; second row: Ron Morris, Thrivent Financial; Janice Meissner, Thrivent Financial; and Teresa's son, Jamel Ar-Rahmaan; third row: Dave Mietzner, Thrivent Financial

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