Apostles Build raises walls on new Habitat for Humanity home

Thrivent Community Sageland worked with a dozen local churches to start construction on a new Habitat for Humanity home through the Thrivent Builds program.

Through the partnership, called ‘Apostles Build,” hundreds of volunteers from the churches and Thrivent Community Sageland had a wall-raising celebration in March on the new home, which is being built in Pasco.

Thrivent Builds is contributing $90,000 toward construction with the local afficiliate.

“Thrivent’s mission is to help our members be wise with money and live generously,” said Michelle A. Clary, a Thrivent Financial wealth advisor. “The Thrivent Builds program provides us with a unique opportunity to strengthen our community through volunteer activities and financial assistance.”

Thrivent Financial’s structure as a Christian, membership-owned, not-for-profit organization allows the company greater opportunity to help in the communities where it is involved. Money Thrivent would otherwise pay in corporate taxes helps strengthen communities through programs like Thrivent Builds. Clary said the churches involved in this year’s Thrivent Apostles Build include: Bethel; Life Church 7; Columbia Community Church; Faith Assembly Tri-Cities; Richland Lutheran Church; South Hills Church; Family of Faith; Lord of Life Lutheran Church; Richland Seventh-day Adventist Church; Ephesus Seventh-day Adventists Church; Kennewick First United Methodist Church; and Southside Church.

“The enthusiastic support we’ve received from the church community for Apostles Build is overwhelming,” Clary said. “It’s an honor to work alongside our members and local faith partners as the generously express their Christian faith and ultimately bless one family with a Habitat home.

Thrivent Builds is a partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International.

Since the partnership started in 2005, Thrivent Financial and its members have committed more than $226 million and more than 4.7 million volunteer hours to Habitat for Humanity.

Excluding government funding, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is Habitat’s largest single source of funding, constructing and repairing more than 4,800 homes in the U.S. and around the world.

For more information or to get involved in Apostles Build 2016, go to thriventbuilds.com or habitatbuilds.com/buildingonfaith.

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