After an exciting and eventful 2016, Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity (CMHFH) kicked off the new year by thanking and recognizing their many donors, volunteers and business partners at their annual Dream Builders Reception at the Kelly Inn.
Each year CMHFH recognizes a local business that has been donating cash or in-kind services and materials to its organization. They also demonstrate a consistent, long-time, active interest in helping CMHFH reach its goals. The partner businesses also demonstrate a passion for the mission of Habitat for Humanity that is at the heart of their donations. This year’s inductee is Thrivent Financial.
“One of Habitat for Humanity’s strongest partners locally, nationally and internationally is Thrivent Financial,” said Bruce Johnson, Executive Director of CMHFH. “Through our partnership, we will have built and sold 25 homes to local, low-income families in Central Minnesota by the end of this year.”
Over the past 10 years, Thrivent Financial has awarded over $2 million in grants to Central Minnesota, helping 24 families attain safe, affordable housing. CMHFH will once again be partnering with Thrivent to build the 25th Thrivent Builds home for the Jama-Aynab family in 2017. The $66,000 grant from Thrivent will be used to build a home on a reclaimed lot in the Seberger neighborhood in St. Cloud. Construction is set to start this summer.
The grant, a part of the Thrivent Builds program, provides half of the financial support needed to build a home. The rest of the support is raised from local businesses, churches, and members of the community. The homes are built by volunteers from sponsoring businesses, churches, the partner family and the general public.
“The Thrivent/Habitat partnership is a great fit because it engages the whole community and gives them the opportunity to live out the values of connecting finances with faith and living generously,” said Steve Reetz, a Thrivent Financial Representative in St. Cloud and Board member of Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity.
“It’s inspiring to see Thrivent members and others continuously give of their time and talents to help families in local communities and around the world have safe, affordable housing,” said Brad Hewitt, President and CEO of Thrivent.
The Jama-Aynab family of six is excited for the construction to start on their Habitat house. Khadra and Saleban and their four children are most looking forward to being able to settle into permanent home where their family can thrive. Through homeownership, the couple plan to teach their children how to be responsible and take care of a house.
Past Business Partner Hall of Fame recipients
- 2014: Jacobs Financial
- 2015: Gray Plant Mooty