Take refuge: Habitat for Humanity builds an alliance
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