Lakeisha White and her two daughters, ages 12 and 4, were barely surviving in a dilapidated apartment in a crime-ridden neighborhood in Pontiac, Mich. Constant water leaks left the place damp and moldy, and the bathroom plumbing needed replacement.
White wanted to move but couldn’t afford to pay more for housing and still feed her children.
Enter Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity
. Because of its support, White’s home was built this year—the 500th home constructed because of an alliance, formed in 2005, between Minneapolis-based Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
and Habitat for Humanity International
, Americus, Ga.
In the two years since the alliance started, 500 affordable homes have been built in 45 states. About 290,000 volunteers—most of them Lutheran—helped build those homes.
White invested hundreds of hours of her time, working beside volunteers, to build her first home. She made a small down payment on a no-interest Habitat mortgage.