IMG_1606Thrivent Financial is partnering with Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester (HFH MWGW) to build a duplex home at 4 Homestead Avenue in Auburn. As part of an initiative to avoid abandoned, vacant homes, Bank of America donated the property to Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester. The single family home previously located on the approximately 1/3 acre lot was demolished, and work has begun on a new duplex home. Each duplex will contain four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and like all of our builds will be LEED certified to meet our environmentally friendly goals. The home is located in a stable and safe neighborhood, right down the street from a church, and minutes from schools and shopping. The home will be built with the help of volunteers, foundations, corporations, churches, and school groups.

‘Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity’ is a multi-year, multi-million dollar mission partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity. ‘Thrivent Builds’ is designed to involve Thrivent members, Christians, and other volunteers in helping provide a “hand up” to people in need of affordable housing, offering them a path to greater economic independence. Excluding government funding, ‘Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity’ is Habitat’s largest single source of funding, constructing and repairing more than 3,500 homes in the U.S. and around the world since 2005.

Our Family Selection Committee has chosen two qualified families to live in the home, the Shermans and the Garcias. Selected families work with family partners and attend regular meetings to learn valuable financial and home improvement skills to prepare for successful home owneIMG_1609rship. Partner families must contribute 400 to 500 hours of sweat equity building their homes and learning skills to become successful homeowners.

The families will then buy the home at a 0% interest rate mortgage based on their income, which must fall between 30% – 60% of the area’s median income. Under the motto of “a hand up, not a handout,” Habitat builds houses with families rather than for them.

Tim Firment, Executive Director of HFH-MW/GW remarked, “We are grateful for the support provided by Thrivent Financial. Thrivent is helping Habitat address the problem of poverty housing in our community. They show the way and encourage individuals, groups and organizations to volunteer their time, goods and services in helping Habitat achieve its mission to build homes, community and hope.”

Our Local Project Committee in Auburn will provide leadership and direction for fundraising, community outreach, publicity, gifts-in-kind, donations and construction. Anyone interested in joining the committee should contact Deb Huegel at 508-799-9259, Ext. 118, or email Deborah.Huegel@habitatmwgw.org.