This new home is a result of a partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. The partnership has resulted in more than 3,500 Habitat homes across the country and around the world being built or repaired since 2005. Thanks to the nearly 2.4 million members of Thrivent Financial, and other volunteers, Thrivent Builds is able to contribute to the improvement of communities like Asheville. Thrivent Financial contributed 50 percent of the house costs—a total of $75,693. Additionally, four local Lutheran churches and the local Thrivent chapter have been involved for years and will join in the partnership again this year by volunteering and raising $10,000 towards the build. They are: Abiding Savior, Church of the Nativity, Emmanuel, and St. Mark’s.
“This is the eighth home in Buncombe County sponsored by Thrivent Builds. We are profoundly grateful for Thrivent’s support and involvement in our community,” said Betsy Warren, Sponsorship Coordinator for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.
The Hodoroaba family is more than a little eager to finish construction of their new home. They will complete 400 hours of “sweat equity” helping to build it, a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity. They will also repay the 0% interest mortgage over a period of 30 years, illustrating Habitat for Humanity’s objective to give families a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.”