Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent have partnered together with local churches and Thrivent members in Green Bay to make a difference for a local family. Habitat has been awarded $65,000 in matching funds from Thrivent as part of the long-standing national partnership between Habitat and Thrivent, which helps families achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable housing.
Locally, Habitat and Thrivent will partner on the construction of a home in Green Bay alongside multiple local churches on a Faith Build. Over 80 of these home build projects will take place across the US in 2019. Green Bay’s Faith Build is one of only two in the state of Wisconsin.
“We are excited for the 2019 Faith Build,” says Julie Coppersmith, Thrivent Financial Associate. “Last year we experienced an amazing response from Thrivent members, local churches, and their members as we came together to pray, volunteer, and raise funds to build a home for a local family. This year we can’t wait to grow the number of people engaged in this work.”
Habitat and Thrivent Faith Builds improve communities by helping Habitat build homes in partnership with churches and families in need of decent, affordable housing in the US.
Thrivent has committed over $12 million to the 2019 partnership, which will be used to partner with families, churches, and volunteers across the US and around the world on different housing projects.
Since the national partnership’s inception in 2005, and through 2018, Thrivent and its members have contributed more than $252 million and more than 5.5 million volunteer hours in the U.S. and around the world to help thousands of families and individuals build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.
“As an organization with Christian principles, we enjoy rallying the faith community for this special build each year,” says Cora Haltaufderheid, Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity Executive Director. “It’s a great way for area churches to do mission work right here at home.”
Thrivent remains the largest non-governmental supporter of Habitat for Humanity International.
For more information about the Habitat and Thrivent Partnership, visit Thrivent.com/Habitat. To learn about local volunteer opportunities, visit www.greenbayhabitat.org/.
Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity volunteer Mark Piepenburg hit a historic milestone during his volunteer shift at the ReStore today- 7,000 hours of service. It’s the first time a volunteer for the organization has hit this number.
Mark began volunteering in 2006 when his daughter was the Executive Director of Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity. He started mowing Habitat’s vacant lots, before moving to home construction. In 2009, when the ReStore opened, he began volunteering there, and has been a loyal Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning regular ever since. His specialty is in the tool aisle where he sorts, prices, and stocks tools.
“Mark is part of the ReStore family,” said ReStore Manager, Carl Blomquist. “He’s been here since our first day, and continues to provide us with endless support and tireless work. Without volunteers like Mark, the ReStore could not even exist. We had fun surprising him with a cake to celebrate his 7,000 hours!”
For more information about the Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity ReStore, visit our website www.greenbayhabitat.org.
Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity celebrated the completion of our Western Avenue project on Thursday, October 11, at 1256 Western Ave. The fifth and final home of the project was dedicated at 5 p.m., with a block party that followed. The project added infrastructure and five homes to the Western Ave property in just one year.
“Look what 365 days can do. It’s amazing what our partners and volunteers helped us create. We took an empty lot- it didn’t even have infrastructure- and completely transformed a neighborhood,” said Executive Director Cora Haltaufderheid, “Now five families have a new opportunity in life. It’s a great example of our mission in action.”
Lisa Dewitt, the homeowner of the fifth home, couldn’t have been more excited to move into her brand-new, two-bedroom, ADA compliant home in Green Bay. But she was even more thrilled for her handicapped son, Kevin.
“I’m so blessed that my handicapped son, Kevin, and I don’t have to climb stairs anymore,” said Lisa, “I plan on making my home as beautiful as I can by planting flowers, trees, and a garden!”
This is the 111th home built by Habitat and sold to a qualified homeowner in the Greater Green Bay area. Homeowners have a zero-interest and affordable mortgage that is made possible through generous donations of money, materials, and volunteer labor.
A special thank you to the sponsors on this home including: Brown County Housing Authority, Give Big Green Bay, Insperity, Little Rapids Corporation – Egan Family Foundation, Byron L Walter Family Trust, K.C. Stock Foundation, Kevin & Brenda Devroy and Family, Bryan & Dorothy Hollenbach, Trudell Holdings, Inc., and Mark M. Naze & Elizabeth M. Timmins.
For more information about Habitat, visit our website www.greenbayhabitat.org.
Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2018 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile.
GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits. Only three percent of registered nonprofits hold a GuideStar Seal of Transparency of any level (bronze, silver, gold, or platinum).
In order to get the 2018 Gold Seal, Habitat shared important information with the public using our profile on www.guidestar.org. Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world.
View our GuideStar profile here: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/39-1589910