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Habitat receives $75,962 to build house

Groundbreaking for home set for April 4; funds donated by Lutherans group

Groundbreaking for home set for April 4; funds donated by Lutherans group

January 15, 2009

Habitat for Humanity of Washington County has been awarded $75,962, or 65 percent of the funds necessary, to build one home (including land) in 2009 through Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' Thrivent Builds program.

The Thrivent Builds house will be built by area volunteers, of whom at least one-half will be Lutheran and one-fourth will be Thrivent Financial members. The Habitat partner family will also invest hundreds of hours of "sweat equity" helping to build their home. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held April 4, and construction is expected to begin in late April.

"Decent, affordable housing continues to be an unattainable dream for many families. But this support from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans means that we can make that dream come true for an additional family in 2009," said Sherry Cooper, executive director of HFHWC. "We're so proud to be a part of the Thrivent Builds alliance."

"We're very excited about the opportunity to build a house with our local Lutherans," said the Rev. Ed Heim, Thrivent Chapter specialist for the build and pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Hagerstown. "We look forward to following Jesus' command to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters in need."

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For more information, contact Kathy Powderly at 301-791-9009 or Kathy.hfhwc@verizon.net or visit www.habitat-wc.org.

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