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Thrivent Builds Through the Years

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For more than 10 years, Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International have worked together to improve unsafe and unhealthy living conditions for people around the world.

Habitat partner families in the U.S and around the world have benefitted from Thrivent members and volunteers who've lent their time, their skills and their hearts to building and repairing homes.

1991 – 2005 
Thrivent and its predecessor organizations – Aid Association for Lutherans and Lutheran Brotherhood – built 500 homes with help from Habitat for Humanity International.

Thrivent members, already heavily involved with Habitat for Humanity, wanted a way to become more involved in combating substandard housing. Partnering with Habitat was a natural fit.

In September 2005, Thrivent's Bruce Nicholson and Jonathan Reckford signed an agreement that launched an unprecedented $125 million, four-year alliance with Habitat.

The Thrivent Builds Mobile, a 67-foot mobile exhibit, began touring the nation. Also known as the Big Red Truck, it featured testimonials, images and graphics to illustrate the emotional despair of poverty housing — and the hope connected to decent, affordable housing. The Thrivent Builds Worldwide trip to Romania in 2005 kicked off a decade of international homebuilding trips.

2005 – 2006
Thrivent and Habitat mobilize Thrivent members and other volunteers to reconstruct an entire community devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Thrivent and its members also provided more than $17 million to support hurricane victims. Thrivent Builds Worldwide constructed 28 homes on a street later named Thrivent Lane in Long Beach, Mississippi.

2008 – 2010
A new community, Villa Esperanza, is thriving in El Salvador today. Volunteers built a number of homes and rebuilt the Cristo Rey Lutheran Church over the two-year time span.

Thrivent Builds celebrates the completion of its 2,000th house built on Dec. 4, 2009. In other words, 2,000 families now have a place to call home. 

Thrivent Builds Repairs kicks off in 2011. During the following five years, the group repairs 1,259 homes, providing families with stable and safe housing.

2014 marks a significant milestone: 4,000 families experiencing the hope and opportunity of a home built or repaired thanks to Thrivent Builds.

Thrivent Builds celebrates the 10th anniversary of building better futures in partnership with families around the world.

Thrivent celebrates its 250th Thrivent Builds World trip to El Salvador, along with its 1,000th Thrivent Builds Worldwide trip globally.

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