2016 January

Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial partner to improve the lives of Heber City family

Thrivent_Builds_WebCCFB_300Thrivent Financial renews national Habitat for Humanity partnership in 2016 with $12 million commitment

Heber City, UT. (January 20, 2016) Habitat for Humanity of Summit & Wasatch Counties, Utah (“Habitat”) has been awarded $75,000 from Thrivent Financial to support the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program, an ongoing multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial, which helps create safe, decent, affordable housing across the globe.

Locally, the program will partially fund the construction of a single family home in Heber City. A qualifying partner will purchase the home from Habitat in 2016 realizing their dream of affordable home ownership.

“It is inspiring to work alongside Habitat families, Thrivent members and others to build and repair homes,” said Travis Breitling, a financial representative with Thrivent Financial. “Sharing our time and talents helps us live generously and strengthen our communities.”

Thrivent Financial is committing $12 million nationally to the 2016 partnership, which will be used to serve families and mobilize volunteers through three programs: Thrivent Builds Homes, Thrivent Builds Repairs and Thrivent Builds Worldwide.

  • Thrivent Builds Homes focuses on improving communities by helping Habitat build homes in partnership with low to moderate income families. In the Rocky Mountain Region, 8 Thrivent Builds Homes will be built this year.
  • Thrivent Builds Repairs provides for the repair of existing homes in partnership with families who don’t have the resources or ability to make the repairs themselves. The Thrivent Builds Repairs program will complete 30 repairs in the Rocky Mountain Region in 2016.

Since the national partnership’s inception in 2005, Thrivent Financial and its members have now committed $226 million and 4.7 million volunteer hours around the world.

“We are extremely grateful to Thrivent Financial and its members for their continued support of Habitat for Humanity,” said Shellie Barrus, Habitat’s Executive Director. “Because of this generosity, more families will have a safe, affordable place to call home.”

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

For more information about Thrivent Builds programs, visit Thriventbuilds.com. To learn about local volunteer opportunities, visit Habitat-Utah.org

Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by The Wasatch Front Associates, located at 1414 East 4500 South, Suite, 1, Salt Lake City, Utah. Individuals interested in contacting a local Thrivent Financial representative can reach Andy Schrank, Ron Sheltra, Travis Breitling or Darren Morrison at 801-878-4594.

About Habitat for Humanity of Summit & Wasatch Counties, Utah

Founded in 1995, Habitat for Humanity of Summit & Wasatch Counties, Utah (“Habitat”) builds homes, communities and hope. Habitat is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to improve shelter conditions for local families – ultimately creating pathways to long-term economic stability. Habitat is the only local provider of these combined housing services. More about Habitat atHabitat-utah.org

About Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity
Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International. Thrivent Builds is designed to involve Thrivent members and volunteers 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 4,000 homes in the U.S. and around the world since 2005. For more information, visit ThriventBuilds.com.

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its nearly 2.4 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com/why. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.



Habitat for Humanity of Summit & Wasatch Counties, Utah
Lisa R. Schneider


Thrivent Financial
Callie Briese
540-878-8093 (cell)