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Construction to Begin on Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and Thrivent Financial’s 8th Affordable and Sustainable Home

Kickoff Event Planned for Saturday, July 20th in Long Beach

ThriventFamsLos Angeles, CA – July 16, 2013: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) and Thrivent Financial will celebrate the first official day of construction on the 8th home to be fully funded and built by Lutheran volunteers this Saturday, July 20th.  Volunteers from the HFH GLA Lutheran Coalition and local Lutheran congregations will help build the 2013 Thrivent Builds home located in Long Beach, CA, contributing 50% of the volunteer hours and 10% of the funding needed to complete the home. The city of Long Beach is also a longtime partner of HFH GLA and has generously donated the land for this home. A presentation from 9:00 am – 10:00 am will include remarks from HFH GLA representatives, a partner homeowner, as well as representatives from Thrivent Financial and Bishop Dean Nelson of the Southwest California Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

“Each year, Thrivent Financial and the Lutheran volunteers make a substantial difference for hardworking families around the world and we are thrilled to kickoff our eighth home in partnership with them right here in greater Los Angeles,” says Erin Rank, President/CEO of HFH GLA. “Thrivent’s commitment to affordable housing is uniting congregations and communities, while changing the lives of families for generations.  What they are accomplishing through their efforts is truly a blessing.”

Last year, through its Thrivent Builds program, Thrivent Financial sponsored a home for Yadira Luna, a single mother of one son, in Lynwood, which was completed and dedicated in December 2012, just in time for the holidays. Habitat for Humanity affiliates worldwide work to complete every Thrivent sponsored home by December.


Thrivent Builds Kickoff

Saturday, July 20, 2013

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Long Beach, CA

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping approximately 2.5 million members achieve financial security and give back to their communities. Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multi-year, $180 million dollar partnership between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International. Thrivent Builds is designed to involve Thrivent members and Lutherans in helping provide a “hand up” to people in need of affordable housing. More than 2,900 homes in the U.S. and around the world have been built with the Thrivent Builds program.

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 800 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 or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at



Media Contacts:


Jo-An Turman

Habitat for Humanity GLA

C: 310-749-6613


Angela Moore

Starfish PR

C: 310-429-8868