Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley Partner to Repair Homes

Eighteen families in Catawba County benefitted from a partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley in 2016.  Thrivent Financial provided grants totaling $45,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley to help fund repairs on 18 area homes while Habitat provided supervision and volunteers through its Habitat Repairs! Program.

“We are very grateful for our relationship with Thrivent Financial and their support of Habitat Repairs!,” said Mitzi Gellman, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley. “Thrivent was the first organization to understand and support Habitat Repairs! and they allowed us to launch this initiative.”

Habitat Repairs! is a program of Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley that is designed to address home repair needs of homeowners who are low-income, elderly, or disabled.  Typical repairs include roof repair, accessibility issues like wheelchair ramps, HVAC replacement or repair, weatherization, and other critical needs that affect the family’s well-being.  “Our goals are to keep the families safe, warm, and dry and at the same time provide a better quality of life that allows them to stay in their home without disruption,” added Gellman. It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 homes in Catawba County that need repairs.  Habitat served 40 families in 2016 and its goal is to serve 50 more in 2017.

Local Thrivent Financial Representative Paul R. Henry was instrumental in the partnership. “It’s a high honor to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley through our Thrivent Builds and Thrivent Repairs initiatives. This local Habitat affiliate has faithfully provided affordable housing for 30 years and the opportunity to serve many more families through the Habitat Repairs! Program is very exciting. Habitat Repairs! captures the essence of working with Thrivent. Through good stewardship, opportunities to practice generosity are available and successful repair projects result in happier families and stronger communities. The Habitat Repairs! initiative promotes and facilitates each of these meaningful components.”

Since 2005, Thrivent Financial 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.

About Habitat Catawba Valley
Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley is a non-profit, Christian-based community organization dedicated to building, renovating, and repairing decent and affordable housing in partnership with hard-working, lower-income families in our community.  To get involved with the Habitat mission call 828.328.4663

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its more than 2.3 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship.