Thrivent Builds

A home is where families grow, memories are made and possibilities arise. But sadly, not everyone has a safe, healthy place to call home. Instead, many are struggling to get by, forced to live in substandard housing. We believe everyone deserves decent, affordable housing. That's why we're doing something about it – through Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity – and you can too.

More than 670,000 volunteer hours through Thrivent Builds

Helping families find strength & stability

Take a look inside the Thrivent Builds program and learn how helping hands can lead to self-sufficiency and brighter futures for families across the world.

Substandard housing

Understanding substandard housing

In America alone, more than 85 million people struggle to keep a safe roof over their head. Learn how inadequate living conditions affect families in the U.S. and worldwide.

Children thanking Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity

The sheer impact of Thrivent Builds

The Thrivent-Habitat partnership has been changing the lives of families – and volunteers – for more than 10 years. See what the combined efforts have accomplished.

Homes, repairs & worldwide trips

3 programs, 1 mission

Since 2005, Thrivent Builds and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to bridge communities, strengthen neighborhoods and change lives.

Within this partnership are three programs: Thrivent Builds Homes, Thrivent Builds Repairs and Thrivent Builds Worldwide. Each aspect of these programs helps us fulfill our mission to build or renovate homes, resulting in improved communities and changed lives.

From helping neighbors repair siding to building homes with families across the world, each of these programs gives you the opportunity to make a difference – no matter where you live.

  • Thrivent Builds Homes

    Join Thrivent members and other volunteers to help families open the door to a new life by helping build simple, decent, affordable homes in local communities and across the nation.

    Thrivent Builds volunteers on porch with Welcome Home sign

    Families are living in substandard housing – right in your community. Their houses are overcrowded, unhealthy and sometimes even dangerous. When this happens, families cannot turn their attention to higher needs such as education, emotional health, careers and healthy relationships.

    But it doesn't have to be this way. Sharing your time and talents could change their lives.

    How you can help

    Lending your time and generosity can positively impact the lives of an entire community. By volunteering, you become part of a movement to help make decent, affordable housing a possibility for more families.

    You don't need any previous construction experience to volunteer for a project – we welcome all skill levels! And, all building supplies are provided on-site, so there's no need to bring your own tools.

    How projects are funded

    On behalf of its members, Thrivent contributes 50% of the funding for the construction (supplies, contractors, etc.) of each home built through the partnership. Remaining costs are often covered by the fundraising efforts of Thrivent members, local Habitat offices, community and business partnerships, and local churches.

    Once a home is complete, it's not just given away for free. Instead, Habitat sells it to a partner family through an affordable mortgage. Then, the homeowner's monthly mortgage payments, which they make directly to Habitat, are used to help build even more Habitat homes.

    Project length: Over the course of a few months.

    Goal: Give Thrivent members and other volunteers an opportunity to live generously by working alongside a family to help build a safe, healthy and affordable place they can call home.

    Location: Nationwide. Volunteer for one near you today!

    Get involved

    Thrivent Builds Homes is open to everyone! Thrivent members, church members and anyone that's interested can volunteer.

    To get involved in your community, see if there is a build project in your area.

    Find a home build

    Apply for a home

    If your family, or a family you know, is in need of decent, affordable housing, Thrivent Builds Homes may be able to help. Work with your local Habitat office to get information on availability, size, costs and sweat-equity requirements for Habitat houses in your area, as well as information on the application process.

    Find your local Habitat office

  • Thrivent Builds Repairs

    Join Thrivent members and other volunteers for a one- or two-day project alongside a homeowner to help make exterior repairs and improvements to their home.

    Volunteers painting Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity house

    Sometimes, creating a safe and healthy home is as simple as making a few exterior repairs to an existing house. But for many people, maybe even in your own community, this is easier said than done.

    When a porch railing breaks or windows need caulking, they may not have the resources – or the budget – to make repairs or improvements.

    They want to stay in their home. They simply may need a helping hand to restore it to a better, safer place to live.

    Lending just a few hours of your time could help make that happen.

    Project length: One to two days.

    Goal: Repair and improve existing homes in local communities to help give struggling homeowners a safer, healthier place to live.

    Location: Nationwide. Volunteer for one in your community today!

    Get involved

    Thrivent Builds Repairs is open to everyone! Thrivent members, church members and anyone that's interested can volunteer.

    To get involved in your community, talk with your Thrivent Financial representative.

    Reach out to your representative

    Request repairs

    Is your family or a family you know in need of home repairs or improvements but lacks the money or resources to do it themselves? Thrivent Builds Repairs may be able to help. Contact your local Habitat office today to find out if they're accepting repair projects in your area.

    Contact your local Habitat office

  • Thrivent Builds Worldwide

    Make a powerful impact in the lives of families and communities worldwide by helping where it is needed the most. Develop lifelong relationships and experience new and beautiful cultures from around the world all while building houses – and strength, stability and self-reliance.

    Thrivent Builds volunteers travel worldwide to make a difference

    Poverty housing and substandard living conditions expand beyond the United States. Families and communities across the world experience the hardships of not having a safe, decent place to call home.

    From the deserts of Africa to the rain forest of Vietnam, or the mountains of Montana to the tropical beauty of Hawaii in the United States, Thrivent Builds Worldwide can take you on a journey of truly living generously.

    No special skills are required. All that's needed is a generous heart, a positive spirit and a genuine desire to make a difference.

    Get involved

    Join a trip

    Team up with a group of other members and volunteers and put your generosity into action in a new way. To volunteer, you can join an existing trip that's currently being organized.

    Find a trip to join

    Lead a trip

    If you're a Thrivent member, you have an opportunity to lead your own team of other members and volunteers on a trip to another state – or another the country.

    Learn about leading a trip


"I can't think of a more suitable home for my children to grow up in than one that was built through Christ with loving hearts and helping hands."

Take your generosity to the next level

Are you passionate about sharing your blessings with others and helping people live generously? Consider stepping up as a Thrivent Builds Worldwide team leader or becoming an advocate for the Thrivent Builds programs. Take an active role in making a difference and helping families in need build a foundation for a brighter future.

  • Thrivent Builds Worldwide team leaders

    Step up as a team leader

    Guide other members and volunteers on a trip to another state – or another country. You'll experience a different culture. Learn new skills. Meet new people. And, you'll see firsthand the impact your membership can have as you build hope by building homes. Read more about Thrivent's partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the supporting program, Global Village.

    Thrivent Builds volunteers praying at build site

    If you're a Thrivent member, you have the opportunity to become a Thrivent Builds Worldwide trip team leader. We offer four different types of trips that you can lead: Premier Destinations, Focus Countries, Disaster Recovery and Destination of Choice. Check them out on the catalog.

    An $8,000 donation is made to the host program you choose to work with on behalf of your Thrivent Builds Worldwide team.

    If you are a trained team leader

    Start the process of becoming a team leader

    1. Verify that you meet the Thrivent Builds team leader requirements. More Information
    2. Verify your Thrivent Financial membership eligibility.
    3. Submit a Thrivent Builds Worldwide team leader application to set up an interview time.
  • Thrivent Builds advocates

    Get your church & community involved

    Invite members of your church and other volunteers to be a part of a Thrivent Builds project in your community. By recruiting and leading volunteers, you can help them engage in meaningful ways to make a difference and strengthen their local neighborhoods.

    Church and community advocates help promote Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity

    Spread the word about Thrivent Builds

    If you're a Thrivent member, you can take an active role in helping expand Thrivent Builds efforts where you live, work and worship. You can get involved through your Thrivent Member Network to teach people in your church and your community about this life-changing program.

    Find advocate resources

  • Habitat for Humanity Offices

    Partner with Thrivent Builds

    The financial, volunteer and advocacy resources provided through Thrivent Builds can help Habitat offices make an even greater impact in the communities they serve. By working together, this partnership helps expand the mission and outreach efforts of both Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial.

    If you represent a Habitat office, find out how you could put the power of this partnership to work in your next build or repair.

    Women in pink Live Generously shirts support the Thrivent-Habitat partnership

CloseThrivent Builds team leader requirements

To become a team leader, you must: