TOMS RIVER – In line with the spirit of altruism that defines the holiday season, Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity and partner Thrivent Financial have funded the repair of five different homes in Ocean County recently, through the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program.
With this program, Habitat has the ability to make necessary repairs to homes of individuals or families that lack the resources to make the repairs on their own. As the only Habitat affiliate in New Jersey to receive support and funding from Thrivent this year, this program has made a huge difference in the lives of many, such as Madeline from Whiting.
The program helped Madeline replace 15 windows in her home that were not properly insulating her house, causing her electric and oil expenses to skyrocket during the cold winter months. When she reached out to Northern Ocean Habitat, they came to the rescue alongside students from Manchester Township High School and Point Pleasant Beach High School to replace her drafty windows.
“The peace of mind that I have and knowing that it’s going to be a nice winter even if there’s ten feet of snow out there is a great feeling,” said Madeline.
The Habitat and Thrivent partnership has been helping families all over to acquire strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
“It is inspiring to work alongside Habitat families, Thrivent members and other volunteers to build and repair homes,” said Brian McCaskill, a Financial Consultant with Thrivent Financial. “Sharing our time and talents to live generously and strengthen our community is a great way to get to know our neighbors and make a real difference.”
Between 2005 and 2016, Thrivent has supported the partnership with Habitat through $226 million and five million volunteer hours, all over the world.