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Lutherans help build Habitat home in Smithsburg

July 27, 2010
  • On July 10, all of the walls of the home were up, interior and exterior, and the house was close to being a home.
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On July 10, the walls were raised on Carrie Rejonis' new Habitat for Humanity home in Smithsburg's Whispering Hills.

Lutherans, Thrivent Financial members, Habitat for Humanity staff and board members, and Carrie's friends and family gathered for a ceremony before the raising of the walls.

Prayers were offered, the family was introduced, and then the first walls were raised on the house. By the end of the day, all walls were up, interior and exterior, and the house was close to being a home.

Habitat for Humanity of Washington County and the Lutheran churches of Washington County are building their second home in two years with the help of a grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has committed 65 percent of the funds for the project and the Lutheran churches of Washington County are raising 10 percent of the funds, as well as providing at least 50 percent of the labor to build the house.

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"There has been an outpouring of support from the Lutheran community for this project," said Sherry Cooper, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Washington County. "Habitat is extremely grateful and blessed."

The Thrivent Builds house is slated to be the home of Smithsburg native Rejonis and her son, Cameron. Carrie Rejonis is a full-time medical assistant in Hagerstown and is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Smithsburg, which is participating in the project. She has completed a financial management course with the Habitat program and has helped build the homes of four Habitat families.

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