The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


No place like home

Thrivent's new Habitat for Humanity partnership combines Lutherans with building projects

To the 6-year-old, it’s where Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy know to find you. To the teenager, it’s where math problems and English papers fall prey to Internet and iPods. To the parent, it’s where refrigerator drawings steal your heart, backyard bruises wreck your nerves, and little boys and girls grow up too fast.

Can such a home be built?

Witness the construction of a Habitat house, and there’s no denying that it can. Reinforced with love and sweat, these simple frame structures are built for Christmas mornings and cold nights alike. And this summer and fall, Lutherans played a major part in their development.

Through Thrivent Builds Homes, a new program to combat substandard housing in the U.S., members of ELCA, Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod congregations worked alongside future homeowners and Habitat for Humanity staff to build homes in the Chicago and Detroit areas.

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