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.
Who is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry seeking to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world. Its mission is to put God's love into action by bringing people together to help build and repair homes, communities and hope.
Learn about Habitat
Together, we are Thrivent Builds
Part of Thrivent's purpose is to help people make wise money choices and provide them with opportunities to make a difference where they live, work and worship. Habitat's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Our combined efforts create one mission of helping families build the foundation for successful futures and economic independence.
Read more about our history
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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
- Ready to start your journey? Submit your team proposal form.
- View trip catalog
- Team leader resources
Start the process of becoming a team leader
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.
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.
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.
CloseThrivent Builds team leader requirements
To become a team leader, you must:
- Be a Thrivent Benefit member and advocate of Thrivent Financial. You are considered a Thrivent benefit member if you're age 16 or older, have applied for and been accepted into membership, and own Thrivent Financial insurance or annuities.
- Have participated in at least one international Thrivent Builds Worldwide or Global Village trip.
- Be able to recruit the ideal team size of 10 to 12 team members.
- Attend the in-person Habitat Global Village team leader training event.
- Complete a Red Cross First-Aid and CPR certification prior to leading the trip.
- Be at least 24 years old.
- Interview and be accepted by Thrivent Builds Worldwide staff
Thrivent member activities, such as Thrivent Action Teams, Thrivent Builds, and Thrivent Choice, engage Thrivent members and Thrivent Member Networks in charitable activities, furthering Thrivent's mission and its purposes under state law. You should never purchase or retain any insurance or annuity products simply to be able to participate. Participation is subject to applicable Terms and Conditions and Thrivent reserves the right to cancel any Thrivent member activity at any time and may limit participation at its sole discretion.