Thrivent Financial Awards $60,000 To Habitat For Humanity For Home On 14th Street

Friday, March 07, 2014
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area has been awarded nearly $60,000 from Thrivent Financial to build a home on 14th Street in Chattanooga’s Southside. From the national partnership’s inception in 2005, Thrivent Financial and its members have now committed more than $200 million and more than 4 million volunteer hours.
 
The funding is part of an ongoing partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International, called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity.
Through the partnership, Thrivent members, Habitat affiliates and others partner with families across the U.S. and around the world to provide affordable housing and stronger, generous communities.
 
“Thrivent Financial, area Lutheran churches, and Belvoir Christian Academy are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area to build our seventh house together,” said Ron Morris, Thrivent Builds Specialist.   “Habitat for Humanity is an efficient organization with a social conscience, and the organization has had a very positive impact in our community because of the manner in which they ensure that potential home recipients will be positive influences in their neighborhoods.”
 
Thrivent Financial is committing $12 million nationally to the 2014 partnership. From the partnership’s inception in 2005 through 2014, Thrivent Financial and its members have now committed more than $200 million and more than 4 million volunteer hours across the globe.  Since the beginning of the partnership and including the homes for 2014, more than 2,000 Thrivent Builds Homes will have been built across the country.

Locally, this the seventh home build by the Southeast Tennessee/Northwest Georgia Chapter of Thrivent Financial and the second built by the chapter on 14th.
 
“We are extremely appreciative to Thrivent Financial for their continued support of Habitat for Humanity,” said David Butler, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area. “Because of this support, more working families will have a safe, affordable place to call home.”
 

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