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 Thrivent Financial July 08, 2015
For the tenth consecutive year, Thrivent Financial has committed millions of dollars to stabilize, strengthen, and secure communities around the world through its unique partnership called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity.

Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. For more than a century it has helped its nearly 2.4 million member-owners make wise money choices that reflect their key values and beliefs.

This year alone, Thrivent Financial will fund the construction and rehabilitation of 121 Habitat for Humanity homes in the United States through the Thrivent Builds Homes program.

These funds will also support the Thrivent Builds Repairs and Thrivent Builds Worldwide programs.

Since the partnership’s inception in 2005, Thrivent Financial and its members have now committed more than $213 million dollars and more than 4.4 million volunteer hours. In the last decade more than 4,000 homes have been built or repaired with the Thrivent Builds programs. In order to meet its target of 121 homes, this year, Thrivent Financial is committing $12 million dollars to Habitat for Humanity International.

“It’s inspiring to see Thrivent Financial members and others continuously give of their time and talents to help families in local communities and around the world have safe, affordable housing,” says Brad Hewitt, president and CEO of Thrivent Financial.

“Our significant partnership with Habitat for Humanity is one way we demonstrate our commitment to living generously.”

Not only will the funding allow for the build of 121 new homes, but it will also assist in the repair of up to 450 homes and 120 worldwide trips.

Of the three programs that allow Thrivent Financial to partner with Habitat for Humanity and provide families with limited resources in the construction, repair and rehabilitation of affordable housing in communities across the United States and abroad, Thrivent Builds Homes is the largest. It focuses on improving communities by helping Habitat for Humanity build homes in partnership with low-income families across the nation.

The second of the three programs, Thrivent Builds Worldwide, allows Thrivent members and others to give financially, as well as volunteer their time as they travel to international or domestic locations for a week or more to build Habitat for Humanity homes and experience other cultures.

Finally, Thrivent Builds Repairs provides for the repair of existing homes in partnership with families who don’t already have the resources or ability to make the repairs themselves. Partner families may include senior citizens, veterans, single mothers or others needing assistance.

“The Thrivent Builds partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial has touched lives and communities all around the world,” says Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International.

“We are so grateful for the commitment Thrivent Financial has made to help thousands of people build a pathway out of poverty.”

Since the partnership’s inception, Thrivent Financial and its 2.4 million member owners have helped create safe, decent, and affordable housing in 34 countries around the world.

Today, Thrivent Financial remains the largest non-governmental supporter of Habitat for Humanity International.

In terms of the day-to-day activity of Thrivent Financial, the business offers a broad range of products, services, and guidance from financial representatives across the United States. For more than 100 years Thrivent Financial has helped its member owners make wise financial decisions, which strongly reflect their values, while also providing them the opportunity to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work, and worship - and further afield.

“Today, it’s common to have multiple financial goals and concerns. That’s why we take a comprehensive approach to serving our members. It’s important to understand how different factors can affect your financial picture,” says Tim Ippel Financial Consultant in Springfield, Illinois.

“We’ll help you analyze your current situation, develop an in-depth financial program and help you implement an integrated financial strategy. Our team at Thrivent Financial can also assist you by providing a product- or issue-based solution, or we can take a values-based approach to preparing for your financial future.”

Habitat for Humanity International, known by so many around the world, wants to see a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Since 1976, anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty, Habitat has helped more than five million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs, and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services.

Tim has been involved in a number of builds with Habitat for Humanity in Springfield and Decatur, Illinois, and says that it is a truly humbling experience.

“It’s a great opportunity for people who are willing to put in the time and effort. When you work on one of the projects, it is exciting and fun, but also a lot of hard work. It’s good to meet other people form all walks of life willing to do something for somebody they don’t know.

“To see the family be able to get their new home and finally have enough room to live and to enjoy life is an overwhelming feeling,” says Tim who has been with Thrivent Financial for 14 years.

Habitat for Humanity also advocates improving access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions, and nationalities to partner in its mission.

Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. For more than a century it has helped its nearly 2.4 million member-owners make wise money choices that reflect their values and beliefs. Thrivent Financial provides opportunities for member-owners to be even more generous where they live, work and worship. With more than $90.4 billion in assets under management and more than $6.9 billion in total surplus, member-owners can be confident in Thrivent Financial’s financial strength and stability.

For more information about Thrivent Builds Homes program or to volunteer, visit Thriventbuilds.com.

For more information about Thrivent Financial, visit www.thrivent.com. You can also find Thrivent Financial on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more, donate, or volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, visit habitat.org. If you would like to speak to a financial consultant, Tim Ippel, please phone 217-787-1877 or email tim.ippel@thrivent.com.  Tim has offices at 983 Clocktower Ct., Suite C, Springfield and 332 W. Marion St., Suite 11, Forsythe.
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July 08, 2015
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