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Habitat to break ground on second Wadena home

Times are tough and the construction of new homes has slowed considerably across the country. But here in Wadena the Connie Blessing family will mark an important milestone in the construction of their new home -- and the community is invited to take part in the groundbreaking for the Blessing home. The celebration begins at 7 p.m. on June 9 at the construction site at 14 Birch Ave. NE, Wadena. Along with local Habitat for Humanity representatives and Thrivent Financial members, Mike Kramer and Janet Umland will speak during a short program.

This new home is a result of an alliance between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, this alliance has resulted in thousands of decent, affordable homes across the country since 2005. The Thrivent Builds alliance also engages volunteers -- members of Thrivent Financial, members of area Lutheran churches and members of the community at large -- to work alongside the partner families to build these homes.

The Blessing family eager to finish construction of their new home. They will complete 200 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," said Bob Mueller of Thrivent. "Volunteering is important to them, and this gives them a great way to personally support our community by helping families achieve financial security."