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Groundbreaking is good news for affordable housing in Rushford

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Business Announcements

Times are tough and the construction of new homes has slowed considerably across the country. But here in Rushford the Bybee and Corcoran/Dailey families will mark an important milestone in the construction of their new twin home-and the community is invited to join in on the fun! The celebration begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, April 20th at the construction site at 108 East Winona Street. Local Habitat for Humanity representatives and Thrivent Financial members will speak during a short program.

One side of this new twin home is a result of a partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, this partnership has resulted in more than 2,000 decent, affordable homes across the country since 2005. Thanks to its 2.6 million members who own financial products with the organization, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is able to contribute to the improvement of communities like Rushford. Thrivent Financial contributed 65 percent of the house costs-a total of $81,575-and is also engaging local volunteers who are members of Thrivent Financial, members of area Lutheran 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.

"This groundbreaking celebration is a new beginning for two families in Rushford" said Megan Grebe with Habitat for Humanity. "This decent, affordable home will not only give the Bybee and Corcoran/Dailey families a strong foundation, it will strengthen the community, as well."

The Bybee and Corcoran/Dailey families are more than a little eager to finish construction of their new twin home. Combined they will complete 650 hours of "sweat equity" helping to build it, a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity. They will also repay the no-profit mortgage over a period of 30 years, illustrating Habitat for Humanity's objective to give families a "hand up" rather than a "hand out."

"Being able to help provide a family with a home means so much to Thrivent members," added Doris Fox, East Fillmore County Thrivent Chapter Member. "Volunteering is important to them, and this gives them a great way to personally support our community by helping families achieve financial security."

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About Habitat for Humanity-Winona County

Habitat for Humanity-Winona County is a non-profit, ecumenical, grassroots Christian ministry. Its primary goal is to eliminate sub-standard housing and homelessness by partnering with community members to construct simple, decent and affordable homes.

To help achieve that goal, Habitat for Humanity-Winona County also operates the Habitat ReStore which provides all community members the opportunity to improve their current living conditions affordably by purchasing discounted building materials and home furnishings. For more information, visit

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit

About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit membership organization helping approximately 2.6 million members achieve their financial goals and give back to their communities. As a not-for-profit fraternal benefit society, Thrivent Financial sponsors national outreach programs and activities that support congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need. Thrivent Financial has main offices in Minneapolis, Minn., and Appleton, Wis. For more information, visit

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