Henderson County Habitat and Thrivent Financial partner to build an Interfaith house


Hendersonville, NC (January 19, 2016) - As Henderson County faces an affordable housing crisis, Thrivent Financial has committed to provide a matching grant to build an Interfaith Habitat house in Henderson County. Thrivent Financial contributed 50 percent of the build costs as a matching grant - a total of $72,400. Additionally, Habitat will seek to partner with local churches to provide volunteers and raise the remaining $72,400 towards the house which will be located in the Dodd Meadows subdivision in East Flat Rock. Grace Lutheran Church has already agreed to partner with Habitat in the Thrivent Builds Interfaith house in celebration of their 100th year anniversary.

"We are looking forward to work alongside Habitat families, Thrivent members and others to build a home for a local hard-working family," said Tom Kasischke, a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial. "Sharing our time and talents helps us live generously and strengthen our community."

This new home is a result of a partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. The partnership has resulted in more than 3,500 Habitat homes across the country and around the world being built or repaired since 2005. Thrivent Financial and its 2.4 million members have now committed $213 million and 4.4 million volunteer hours and remains the largest non-governmental supporter of Habitat for Humanity International. Thanks to the members of Thrivent Financial and other volunteers, Thrivent Builds is able to contribute to the improvement of communities like Hendersonville.

"This is the second house in Henderson County sponsored by Thrivent Builds. But what makes this house unique is the partnership with local churches to fund the entire home. We are profoundly grateful for Thrivent's support and involvement in our community," said Angie Hunter, Director of Development for Henderson County Habitat for Humanity.

The partner family, when selected, will complete 400 hours of "sweat equity" helping to build the home, a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity. They will also repay the no-profit mortgage over a period of 30 years, illustrating Habitat for Humanity's objective to give families a "hand up" rather than a "hand out."

For more information about Thrivent Financial and the Thrivent Builds program, visit www.thrivent.com. To learn about local volunteer and giving opportunities, call the local Habitat office at 828-694-0340.

Thrivent Financial is represented in Hendersonville by two financial representatives: Tom Kasischke and Michael McGlinsky. Individuals interested in contacting a local Thrivent Financial representative can call the local office at 828-692-5015.