Fayetteville Habitat Dedicates the first Thrivent Financial and Faith Build Home

Fayetteville, NC (March 16, 2017) – Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity (FAHFH) will dedicate the Kirk family home marking the culmination of the Thrivent Builds and Habitat for Humanity partnership to build affordable housing. The home dedication will begin at 4 pm on Friday, April 7 at 236 Hedgepeth Street.

The construction of the Kirk home was partially funded through the partnership with Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity. Thrivent Builds has empowered Thrivent members and other volunteers to help build or repair over 4,000 Habitat homes across the country since 2005. In addition, over 1,000 home building trips have taken place internationally and domestically through the Thrivent Builds Worldwide program.  Thanks to the more than 2.3 million members of Thrivent Financial, and other volunteers, Thrivent Builds is able to contribute to the improvement of communities like Fayetteville.

Thrivent Financial contributed a total of $51,000 to the construction of the Kirk home on Hedgepeth Street. Thrivent Financial funds were matched by the generous donations of area churches to include: Berean Baptist Church; Camp Ground United Methodist; First Christian Church; First Presbyterian Church; Friendship Missionary Baptist Church; Hay Street United Methodist Church; Haymount United Methodist Church; MacPherson Presbyterian Church; Presbytery of Coastal Carolina; Saint Patrick Catholic Church; Snyder Memorial Baptist Church; and Village Baptist Church.

Now a Wendy’s manager, Ms. Samala Kirk has worked in food service for 15 years. She has three boys between the ages of 2 and 16 and currently lives in an apartment. Ms. Kirk’s faced several challenges on her path to homeownership.  She was caretaker for her aging father and was working to have him move in with her, to provide him with a safe and comfortable home. He died before she could make that dream a reality but she did not let that deter her. She remained committed to owning a home- both for herself and for her boys’ futures.  Growing up in a safe and stable home is the foundation her boys will lean on for their future success. The Kirk family has completed 300 hours of sweat equity, working alongside community volunteers to complete the construction of their own home.

“As a Habitat volunteer for the last two years, I have enjoyed being a part of local home builds and repair projects that help reduce substandard housing in our area,” said Mark Trudeau, Thrivent Financial. “It is a moving experience to work alongside amazing and deserving Habitat families.”

To learn more, visit www.thriventbuilds.com.

Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a 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.  Through the program Thrivent members have built or repaired more than 4,000 homes in the U.S. and participated in over 1,000 international and domestic home building trips 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.  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 Thrivent has helped more than 2.3 million member-owners make wise money choices that reflect their values. Thrivent also provides opportunities for members to be even more generous where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com. Also, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Incorporated in 1988, Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is a North Carolina nonprofit corporation and is a designated 501(c) (3) by the Internal Revenue Service. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit fayettevillenchabitat.org.

About Habitat for Humanity
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 Habitat.org, or follow us http://www.facebook.com/habitat or at Twitter.com/habitat.org or join Habitat’s blog community at Habitat.org/blog.


Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
P. O. Box 3166 • 310 Green Street Fayetteville, NC 28302
Phone: (910) 483-0952 • Fax: (910) 486-5472
Habitat ReStore
3833 Bragg Blvd.
Phone: (910) 920-4657 • Fax: (910) 491-0072