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Thrivent builds with Habitat for Humanity

Photo provided Connie Blessing and children Landon and Bethany. Children not pictured are Shaye and Bailey.

On June 9, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Blessing family Thrivent Builds home in Wadena was held.

The ground breaking ceremony for the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity home, being built at 14 Birch NE in Wadena, was held Tuesday June 9, at the building site. The home is being built in partnership with the Connie Blessing family. Attending the ceremony were family and friends of the Blessings, Wadena-Todd County Chapter of Thrivent Financial members, Leaf River Area Habitat for Humanity board members, Thrivent Builds Project team members and members of local church congregations and communities.

Speakers were Frank Stanislowski, Leaf River Area Habitat for Humanity board president, Mike Kramer, Leaf River Area Habitat executive director, Bob Mueller, Thrivent Financial Representative, Connie Blessing, homeowner and Pastor Rob Nelson, Immanuel Lutheran Church Wadena. Coffee, lemon-aid, and cookies were served following the ceremony.

Construction was set to begin in June and continue to the dedication October 2009. Anyone interested in working as a volunteer at the building site can contact Carol Aspengren, Wadena-Todd chapter volunteer coordinator, at (218) 632-6021. If you want more information on activities and schedule at the building site, you can contact Mike Kramer, LRAHFH executive director, at (218) 632-6900. If you are interested in fund raising for the project you can contact Janet Umland, Wadena-Todd Thrivent Builds project leader, at (218) 924-2031 or Debbie Abrahamson (320) 749-2890. If you would like information on Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, contact Les Gunderson, project publicity coordinator, at (218) 346-7663.

More information on Leaf River Area Habitat for Humanity can be found at Information on Thrivent Builds is at