Kickoff Event Planned for Saturday, June 16th
Los Angeles, CA – June 12, 2012: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) will host a kickoff event on Saturday, June 16 to celebrate the first day Thrivent Financial volunteers will build on the 2012 Thrivent Builds home located in Lynwood, CA. Twenty Lutheran Congregations, from greater Los Angeles, will contribute 50% of the volunteer hours and 10% of the funding needed to build the new home. A brief presentation from 9:00 – 9:30 am will include remarks from HFH GLA representatives, partner homeowners and volunteers, as well as representatives from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Bishop Dean Nelson from the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
“Every year that we can continue to partner with Thrivent Financial is a blessing,” says Erin Rank, President/CEO of HFH GLA. “Thrivent’s commitment to affordable housing is helping to uplift congregations, communities and individuals right here in Los Angeles and around the world”
Yadira Luna is a single mother of one son, who has qualified to be the partner homeowner of the 2012 Thrivent Builds home. This is the seventh home sponsored by Thrivent Financial in greater Los Angeles. Last year, the Thrivent Builds program sponsored the Real-Munoz family home in Lawndale, which was completed and dedicated just in time for Christmas. Habitat affiliates globally complete every Thrivent home by December.
Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International. Over the last 7 years, Thrivent Financial has committed $160 million and partnered with Habitat for Humanity affiliates and Lutheran churches across the country to sponsor more than 1,600 affordable homes. Lutheran churches, groups and other interested parties are invited to attend the 2012 Thrivent Builds Kickoff event and volunteer throughout the construction process.
This year’s Thrivent Builds home is new construction and will have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage. The Thrivent Builds home also shares a lot with an existing home that is being completely rehabilitated as part of HFH GLA’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2). Through NSP2, HFH GLA is acquiring foreclosed and vacant properties and rehabilitating them with the help of volunteers such as the Los Angeles Dodgers. Back in April, Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Josh Lindblom and Maury Wills volunteered on the Lynwood site to help deconstruct an illegal addition to the existing home, to make room for the new Thrivent Builds home.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated more than 700 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner and has achieved the coveted Charity Navigator 4-Star rating awarded to non-profits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit http://www.habitatla.org or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at http://buildingagreaterla.blogspot.com.
Jo-An Turman/ Habitat for Humanity GLA
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