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Habitat for Humanity builds houses around the world according to the same guiding principles:

  • Simple
    Habitat houses are modestly sized. They are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
  • Decent
    Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally available building materials. Habitat home designs reflect the local climate and culture.
  • Affordable
    The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.

Habitat houses in the United States and Canada are typically built using wood frame construction, Gypsum board interior walls, vinyl siding and asphalt shingle roofs.  U.S. and Canadian Habitat houses are modestly sized by North American standards. 

Our commitment to build with people in need readily extends to those with disabilities. When possible, Habitat houses incorporate basic accessible design features, such as a zero-step entrance and wide passage doors and hallways. Houses built in partnership with families with disabilities include additional accessibility features.

Our houses are simple, decent and affordable to low-income families around the world that are sustainable, energy-efficient and healthy.

HOME PRESERVATION PROGRAM
The Home Preservation program is one of our efforts to help low income homeowners maintain their house. It is also popularly known as Brush with Kindness. In this program we perform external repairs of the house to help the homeowner maintain the property and avoid further damage from deterioration.

Home preservation is an extension of Habitat’s core building program. This program follows the same model of Habitat builds and evaluates the application in a similar manner by looking at ability to pay, willingness to partner, and scope of the need. Following the same process as the build, the home owner is expected to provide some of their own labor (sweat equity), and/or volunteer hours of family and friends, along with community volunteers who come to help. Some donated materials are acquired for each repair project and a home preservation loan with 0% (zero) interest is contracted with the homeowners based on their ability to pay. Homeowners need to have insurance on the property as well.

The Home Preservation Program includes exterior painting, caulking, minor repairs, landscaping, and/or replacement of exterior building materials such as shingles, siding, gutters, windows, exterior doors, etc. in order to maintain a safe home in good condition.

We have started this new service with the home preservation program to reach out to more families and neighborhoods to help and assist in building a better life and better community. We hope that our small effort will help families live with dignity in their homes under decent, safe, and affordable conditions.

Please feel free to contact us with your exterior repair needs. Call us at 573-334-9728, email us at hfhcapegirardeau@gmail.com, or stop by our office at 2365 Rust Ave., Cape Girardeau, MO 63703.
THRIVENT BUILDS REPAIRS
Repairing Homes: The Issue

Building new homes is one solution to the problems of substandard and poverty housing. But there are also existing homes across the country that simply need basic exterior improvements.

Homeowners want to stay in their homes, but they don’t have the resources or abilities to make the repairs themselves. They may be senior citizens, returning veterans, low-income single moms or others needing help.

Situations like these can leave homeowners with difficult decisions to make.  And they can potentially leave neighborhoods with houses that are eyesores.

It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way 

Thrivent Builds Repairs is a program of Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. It aligns and partners with Habitat for Humanity International’s community revitalization efforts.

The program provides Thrivent Financial members and other volunteers a way to complete simple one- or two-day projects to owner-occupied homes in local neighborhoods.

The program is simple, easy and flexible:

  • You can participate regardless of your skill level.
  • The program accommodates your busy schedule.

Thrivent Builds Repairs can make a visible impact in communities across the country – including yours.

REPAIRING HOMES: GET INVOLVED
The Thrivent Builds Repairs program can help keep homeowners across the country in their homes. It’s also a part of holistic neighborhood revitalization.

The flexible program offers volunteers basic, short-term exterior home repair projects. The projects last one or two days and are easy to fit into your schedule.

Examples include painting, caulking, fixing a porch, building a wheelchair ramp and cleaning up the yard. The end result is that neighborhoods are improved and homeowners have safer, more comfortable homes.

Open To Everyone!

Thrivent Financial members, congregation members and all other interested volunteers can participate.

To volunteer in your community, talk with your Thrivent Financial representative or call the Member Connection Center toll-free at 800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836) and say "fraternal" at the prompt.

REPAIRING HOMES: REQUEST REPAIRS
Homes are selected to receive a Thrivent Builds Repairs project by local Habitat affiliates that have expanded the housing solutions they offer to include repair projects. These projects benefit homeowners, selected by Habitat affiliates, who want to stay in their homes but lack the ability to make needed repairs themselves.

Contact your local Habitat affiliate to find out if they are accepting repair projects in your area.

Thrivent Builds Repairs is a program of Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, a financial, volunteer and advocacy partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International. The program partners with local Habitat affiliates around the country to complete simple one- or two-day exterior repair projects to existing owner-occupied homes.

About Habitat for Humanity International

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. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org.

About Thrivent Financial

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.

FAQs

Q: What is Thrivent Builds Repairs?

A: Thrivent Builds Repairs is a program of Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, a financial, volunteer and advocacy partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International. Through the Repairs program, Thrivent Financial members and other volunteers partner with local Habitat affiliates around the country to complete simple one- or two-day projects to improve existing owner-occupied homes.

Q: Why was the Thrivent Builds Repairs program developed?

A: Building new homes is one solution to the issue of substandard and poverty housing, but by offering the Repairs program Thrivent members and other volunteers have the opportunity to be involved with improving homes in existing neighborhoods. Thrivent Builds Repairs also gives more people access to meaningful volunteer activities: • The skill level needed to do repairs like painting and caulking windows is appealing to a broader group of people. • A one- or two-day time commitment makes scheduling a repairs project easy for busy volunteers.

Q: What types of repairs are included in the program?

A: A Thrivent Builds Repairs project can be light external construction like repairing a porch or steps, landscaping, and exterior painting and weatherization such as window caulking. Construction of a wheelchair ramp is also a possible project. The end result is that neighborhoods are improved, and homeowners are allowed to stay in their homes more comfortably and safely.

Q: Who can participate in a Thrivent Builds Repairs project?

A: Working with local Habitat affiliates, projects are organized in conjunction with Thrivent Financial Representatives. Thrivent members, congregation members and other interested volunteers are all invited to participate. Local affiliates should be consulted for their guidelines on age restrictions.

Q: How much money is provided for each Thrivent Builds Repairs project?

A: Each eligible affiliate receives up to a $2,500 grant per approved project.

Q: Is there a fundraising component to Thrivent Builds Repairs?

A: If a volunteer group would like to raise funds to help support the work of their local Habitat affiliate, they are encouraged to do so. However, no additional fundraising is needed to participate in a Thrivent Builds Repairs project.

Q: Can Care Program or funds from other Thrivent programs support a Thrivent Builds Repair project?

A: No, as with the Thrivent Builds Homes program, funding from any other Thrivent program (i.e., Care Abounds in Communities) may not be used to support a Thrivent Builds Repairs project.

Q: How are individuals selected to have their home repaired in the Thrivent Builds Repairs program?

A: Homes receiving a Thrivent Builds Repairs grant are identified for preservation by local Habitat affiliates who are engaged with community development projects in their areas, or affiliates that have expanded the housing solutions they offer to include repair projects. Projects are selected by the local Habitat affiliate, in accordance with its existing family selection process, and must meet certain criteria, including a family's need and willingness to partner. Please contact your local Habitat affiliate to find out if they are completing repairs projects in your area.

Q: How can I find out about opportunities to volunteer on a Thrivent Builds Repairs project in my area?

A: Talk with your local/nearest Thrivent Financial representative or call the Member Connection Center toll-free at 800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836) and say "fraternal" at the prompt.

 
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