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One home will be built in Lincoln with $58,000 as part of national alliance

[DEC. 18, 2006]  A national home-building alliance between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International will help Logan County Habitat for Humanity expand its home-building capacity to two homes this year. The homes will be built in Lincoln and in Atlanta.

The additional home is part of the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity alliance, which brings together thousands of volunteers and financial support from Thrivent Financial. Habitat and Thrivent Financial are announcing that $24.5 million has been committed to build 355 additional homes in 43 states with families in need in 2007.

"I'm very excited to be a part of Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity," said Allen Shew, president of Logan County Habitat for Humanity. "I've heard how it is helping other Habitat affiliates grow and partner with even more families. I'm looking forward to seeing how it can help in our community."

Thrivent Financial became Habitat for Humanity International's largest ally as a result of a four-year, $105 million commitment to help increase the nonprofit housing ministry's home building production. In addition, Thrivent Financial rallied its national network of nearly 3 million members to volunteer. The alliance gives local Habitat affiliates the opportunity to work with more low-income families toward achieving Habitat's mission of eliminating substandard housing.

In 2006, the first year of the alliance, 313 families in 43 states achieved the dream of homeownership -- a projected 6 percent increase in Habitat's U.S. home production. In its second year, the alliance is again increasing Habitat's home construction by working with 256 Habitat affiliates to build the 355 homes.

"I've seen how Thrivent Builds with Habitat is helping families get out of substandard housing and achieve their dream of homeownership," said David Coers, president of Logan County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. "This alliance has struck a chord with our member volunteers like nothing before. I'm sure it will result in amazing work in this community too."

Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity brings together two national nonprofit networks of 1,699 Habitat affiliates and 1,362 Thrivent volunteer chapters. Locally, the Logan County Thrivent volunteer chapter will be helping with the homes. The need for an effort of this magnitude is great:

  • More than 13 million U.S. households use at least half of their income to pay for housing.

  • Millions more live in overcrowded conditions or housing with severe physical deficiencies, such as having no hot water, electricity or toilet.

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About Logan County Habitat for Humanity

Logan County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry dedicated to building decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in need in Logan County. Since 1992, Logan County Habitat for Humanity has worked with nine families to build homes.

About the Logan County Chapter of Thrivent for Lutherans

The Logan County Chapter of Thrivent for Lutherans is made up of two financial representatives and more than 1,113 members in Logan County. Linda Aper is the financial representative for this area. Also serving Logan County is John Krueger. The Logan County Chapter is part of the St. Louis Heartland Region. Together with its members, Thrivent Financial's St. Louis Heartland Region provided more than $1.8 million in charitable outreach in 2006. For more information, visit

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit

About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit membership organization helping nearly 3 million members achieve their financial goals and give back to their communities. As a not-for-profit fraternal benefit society, Thrivent Financial sponsors national outreach programs and activities that support congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need. Thrivent Financial has main offices in Minneapolis, Minn., and Appleton, Wis. For more information, visit

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