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Celebration of Home Ownership

May 02, 2016 02:57PM, Published by Jim, Categories: Today, Community

Habitat for Humanity of Washington/Dodge Counties and Thrivent Financial join together to increase affordable housing in Juneau. Community is invited to a Celebration of Home Ownership.

The Mielke family will celebrate an important milestone in the construction of their new home—and the community is invited to join in on the fun. 

A Celebration of Home Ownership begins at 4 PM on Tuesday, May 17th, at the construction site at 504 South Main St., Juneau.

Refreshments will be served and a few of those involved in providing the home to the Mielke family will speak during the celebration.

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 Juneau. Thrivent Financial contributed 50 percent of the house costs—a total of $50,000—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.

“We are extremely grateful to Thrivent Financial for their continued support of Habitat for Humanity,” said Executive Director Russ Wanta. “Because of this support, more families will have a safe, affordable place to call home.”

The Mielke family is more than a little eager to finish construction of their new home. They will complete 250 hours of “sweat equity” helping to build it, a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity. They will also repay the no-profit mortgage, illustrating Habitat for Humanity’s objective to give families a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.”

“We’re proud to invest in the future of your community and help provide a home for another family. This is a day to celebrate the Mielke family’s home ownership and all the volunteers who will help build it and make it a home,” said Susan Matz, community engagement leader for Thrivent Financial. 

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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 Washington/Dodge Counties

For the last 17 years, Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties, a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, has been working in partnership with the community to provide people in need with decent and affordable housing through their homeownership and home repair programs.

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