Lutherans in the Twin Cities

Thrivent Financial, Habitat, launch ten-home project in metro area

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman helped raise a wall at he first St. Paul home.

More than 50 people showed up for a wall-raising at 920 Jackson Street in St. Paul on a Monday morning in early June. One of those on hand was St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. It was the first of ten such Habitat house starts planned in the 12-county metro area. Seven will be built by Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, one by Crow River Habitat for Humanity of Hutchinson and two by East Central Habitat for Humanity of Cambridge. All are partnerships with local Thrivent Financial for Lutheran chapters and Lutheran congregations.

Coleman told the 50 who turned out for the Jackson Street wall-raising, “We can’t meet all the needs of [St. Paul] without partnerships like this one. The work you do here will make a huge difference not only to a family but also to [this] city.”

Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a four-year $105 million alliance between Habitat for Humanity International and Minneapolis-based Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. It was launched in September of 2005.

The alliance will fund 70% of the cost of construction of 313 homes in 43 states in 2006. Plans are to increase that number to 500 homes by 2008.

For more information about the project, visit www.thriventbuilds.com.