Asheville Habitat Awarded Thrivent Grant


Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity learned recently that it has been awarded $73,300 to build its second Thrivent Builds sponsored home in its new Carney Place neighborhood off Virginia Avenue in West Asheville.  Habitat intends to build 22 homes in the new subdivision.

This grant, providing 55 percent of the cost of construction, comes from Minneapolis-based Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ unique partnership with Habitat for Humanity International: Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity.

Asheville Area Habitat is celebrating their award in conjunction with an international announcement made Dec. 5, 2011, in Minneapolis, Minn., when the partnership’s $160 million mark was surpassed with a $9.2 million commitment for 2012, the seventh-year of a strong alliance between the two organizations. 

Habitat for Humanity’s relationship with Thrivent Financial brings the financial, volunteer and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial together with the affordable housing construction leadership of hundreds of local Habitat for Humanity affiliates. To date, more than 480,000 volunteers have donated more than three million hours to construct 1,600 homes in the U.S.

Four local Asheville area Lutheran churches will also join in this partnership to provide additional funding and volunteers to help build the home. They are: Abiding Savior; Emmanuel Lutheran; Church of the Nativity; and St. Mark’s.

“The Thrivent Builds alliance is helping Asheville Area Habitat increase the number of families served in our community,” said Betsy Warren, Asheville Area Habitat’s Sponsorship Coordinator. “We are so grateful for Thrivent’s support of our efforts to provide decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need.”