Take refuge: Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity builds an al­liance

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Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity South Palm Beach County, Lutheran Churches of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach Chap­ter of Thrivent Fi­nan­cial for Luther­ans re­cently built a home for a fam­ily in ur­gent need of one.

On Novem­ber 2, vol­un­teers, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity South Palm Beach County rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Thrivent Fi­nan­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tives, neigh­bors, and the ex­cited part­ner fam­ily gath­ered in Del­ray Beach to cel­e­brate the hard work, the gen­er­ous fi­nan­cial back­ing and the com­mu­nity sup­port that made this home pos­si­ble.

The new home is a re­sult of the al­liance be­tween Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity In­ter­na­tional and Thrivent Fi­nan­cial for Luther­ans. Called Thrivent Builds with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, the al­liance is a four-year, $125 mil­lion com­mit­ment by Thrivent Fi­nan­cial that in­cludes plans to con­struct hun­dreds of homes across the coun­try each year, to en­gage hun­dreds of thou­sands of vol­un­teers in Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity builds, to pro­mote short-term vol­un­teer home build­ing trips abroad and to pro­vide large grants to mea­sur­ably im­prove sub­stan­dard hous­ing in spe­cific neigh­bor­hoods.

Pre­sen­ters dur­ing the cer­e­mony in­cluded Rev­erend Dr. An­drew Ha­gen from Ad­vent Lutheran Church; Steve Echols, pres­i­dent, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity South Palm Beach County Board; Adam Rauscher of Thrivent Fi­nan­cial for Luther­ans; and Doug Parker, Fam­ily Sup­port Part­ner. Lori Ford and Doug Parker were each rec­og­nized for their hard work in mak­ing the home a re­al­ity.

Home­buyer, Tawana Hick­man, and her four chil­dren, Shaqua­via, Shaqonda, Lon­nie and Lon­netris, are more than just a lit­tle ea­ger to move into their new home. The fam­ily and friends have com­pleted more than 700 hours of “sweat eq­uity” help­ing to build the home, a ba­sic tenet of Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity. They will re­pay the non-profit mort­gage over a pe­riod of 30 years, il­lus­trat­ing Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity’s sus­tain­able projects.

This was made pos­si­ble in part by: ADT; All Point Screw, Bolt & Spe­cialty Co.; All Pro Elec­tric; At­las Peat & Soil; Bob McTeague, RPM Con­tract­ing; Clas­sic Cul­tured Mar­ble; Comer­ica Bank; Craw­ford-Starr Garage Doors; Dick Leonard, RDL Con­sult­ing; Dis­tinc­tive Kitchen & Bath; Dixie Blue­print; Eubank Air Con­di­tion­ing; Fer­gu­son En­ter­prises; Formica & As­so­ci­ates; Gen-En­ergy/K&P Me­chan­i­cal So­lu­tions; Habi­tat Re­Store; Kevin Holler; K-Rain. Inc.; Or­ange and Blue Construction; Pro­fes­sional Sup­ply Co., Boca Ra­ton; Robert Ag­sten LL, En­gi­neer; Square D; Sun­belt Rentals; Sun­flower Nurs­ery; Thomas R. Scott Construction; Tim Gra­boski Roof­ing; Trio De­vel­op­ment Corp.; Trop­i­cal Hard­wood Floors; and Whirlpool Home Ap­pli­ance.

The fol­low­ing are also sup­port­ers: At­lantic Ex­ter­mi­nat­ing; Boy Scout Troop 327; Brian McCar­ron; Cham­ber­lin Air, Inc.; Del­ray Beach Com­mu­nity Land Trust; Deer­field Builders Sup­ply; FPL; Girl Scout Troop 564; Lee Built Construction; Sey Cul­han / Linc Ser­vices; Space Coast Trusses; SRD Build­ing Cor­po­ra­tion; SRTDA Busi­ness Ser­vices; Thatcher/Florida Best Win­dow & Door; and United Re­frig­er­a­tion, Inc. of Boca Ra­ton.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.thrivent­builds.com.

Rev­erend Dr. An­drew Ha­gen, Ad­vent Lutheran Church, pre­sent­ing Bi­ble to Tawana Hick­man

Front: Shaquiavia Jack­son, left, Shaqonda Durham and Lon­netris Durham Back: Lon­nie Durham Lon­netris, left, Tawana Hick­man and Doug Parker

Mar­got Wat­son, left, Adam Rauscher and Lew Miller

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