ATLANTA and MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thrivent Financial will commit $12 million in 2015 to Habitat for Humanity to support the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity partnership, which provides funding and volunteers to help construct or repair homes across the globe. The partnership also will be entering its 10th year in 2015.
"It's inspiring to see Thrivent members and others continuously give of their time and talents to help families in local communities and around the world have safe, affordable housing," said Brad Hewitt, President and CEO of Thrivent. "Our significant partnership with Habitat for Humanity is one way we demonstrate our commitment to living generously."
In 2015, the funding will support the construction of 121 homes, the repair of up to 450 homes and 120 worldwide trips through the three Thrivent Builds programs: Thrivent Builds Homes, Thrivent Builds Worldwide and Thrivent Builds Repairs.
- Thrivent Builds Homes is the largest of the three programs and focuses on improving communities by helping Habitat build homes in partnership with low-income families across the nation.
- Thrivent Builds Worldwide allows Thrivent members and others to give financially and volunteer their time as they travel to international or domestic locations for a week or more at a time to build Habitat homes and experience other cultures.
- Thrivent Builds Repairs provides for the repair of existing homes in partnership with families who don't have the resources or ability to make the repairs themselves. Partner families may include senior citizens, veterans, single mothers or others needing assistance.
"The Thrivent Builds partnership between Habitat and Thrivent Financial has touched lives and communities all around the world," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "We are so grateful for the commitment Thrivent has made to help thousands of people build a pathway out of poverty."
Since the partnership's inception, Thrivent Financial and its members have committed $213 million and 4.4 million volunteer hours to help create safe, decent and affordable housing with 4,000 Habitat families in 34 countries around the world.
Thrivent Financial remains the largest non-governmental supporter of Habitat for Humanity International.
For more information about Thrivent Builds programs or to volunteer, visit Thriventbuilds.com.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.
About Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity
Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International. Thrivent Builds is designed to involve Thrivent members and volunteers in helping provide a "hand up" to people in need of affordable housing, offering them a path to greater economic independence. Excluding government funding, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is Habitat's largest single source of funding, constructing and repairing 4,000 homes in the U.S. and around the world since 2005. For more information, visit ThriventBuilds.com.
About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its nearly 2.4 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com/why. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
SOURCE Habitat for Humanity International