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Thrivent Builds Home Awarded to Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County! Habitat for Humanity International, Thrivent Financial and churches across the county will join together to increase affordable housing in Berkeley County, SC. Goose Creek, SC (December 15, 2015) – Here in Goose Creek, SC the Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County affiliate has been awarded a grant from Thrivent Financial for a Thrivent Builds Home in 2016.

This new home is a result of a partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. The partnership has resulted in more than 3,500 Habitat homes across the country and around the world being built or repaired since 2005. Thanks to the nearly 2.4 million members of Thrivent Financial, and other volunteers, Thrivent Builds is able to contribute to the improvement of communities like Berkeley County. Thrivent Financial contributed 50 percent of the house costs—a total of $52,500—and is also engaging local volunteers who are members of Thrivent Financial, members of area churches and members of the community at large, to donate additional funds and volunteer their time to work alongside the partner families to build these homes. This grant will produce a special Thrivent Builds Home effort – a faith build – that will result in a combined effort – both fundraising and construction of Thrivent, Habitat and the Faith community across Berkeley County. Churches of all denominations will have the opportunity to help reduce homelessness and provide a quality house in Berkeley County. “We are obviously thrilled that we were selected and are so grateful for the partnership we have in place with Thrivent,” says Bryant Knepp, Executive Director. “This grant will provide us the opportunity to strengthen our relationships with the Faith Community and allow them to continue their efforts in their mission activities.”

The family that will take ownership of the Thrivent Builds Home Faith Build will complete 350 hours of “sweat equity” helping to build it, a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity. They will also

repay the no-profit mortgage over a period of 25 years, illustrating Habitat for Humanity’s objective to give families a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.” “This is an exciting time for Thrivent and Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County.”, says Rebecca Phillips, Financial representative for Thrivent, “We will be partnering with the faith community to create a wonderful partnership to help a deserving family.”

To learn more, visit Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multi-year, multi-million dollar mission partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International. Thrivent Builds is designed to involve Thrivent members and Christians in helping provide a “hand up” to people in need of affordable housing, offering them a path to greater economic independence. Excluding government funding, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is Habitat's largest single source of funding, constructing and repairing more than 3,500 homes in the U.S. and around the world since 2005. For more information, visit Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. We offer a broad range of products and services – including life insurance, annuities and mutual funds – along with guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century we’ve helped our nearly 2.4 million member-owners make wise money choices that reflect their values. And we provide opportunities for them to be even more generous where they live, work and worship. . For more information, visit Also, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter. Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources 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 . For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit, or follow us or at or join Habitat’s blog community at Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County (HFHBC) was established in 1990 and serves Berkeley County with the exception of the Daniel Island, Cainhoy, and Huger communities. HFHBC provides high quality, affordable housing solutions in partnership with low-income, working individuals and families that meet our selection criteria. With support from individual and organizational sponsors, HFHBC brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. To learn more about how to donate or volunteer, visit or follow us at

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