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Economy forces Thrivent to limit Habitat commitment

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Due to the weakened economy, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will significantly curtail its assistance for future Habitat for Humanity projects. The announcement was made at the Monett-Purdy Habitat for Humanity board meeting on July 21.

Raynel Schallert of Thrivent Financial presented a check from the local chapter from their June 7 fundraiser in the amount of $1,765. Thrivent has committed $52,000, or 65 percent, of construction costs on the Habitat affiliate's third house, presently underway.

Shallert announced that Thrivent would not be contributing funds in the upcoming year. She stated that the Thrivent Builds funding is being drastically cut for next year. They are cutting back to nine houses for next year in areas that have already been designated.

This year the national Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity will contribute more than $24 million to help build 314 affordable houses 37 states and the District of Columbia. Eighteen of those homes are being built in Missouri and Kansas.

"It is not because of habitat or our local Thrivent chapter, it is just a numbers game. Thrivent just does not have the money that it has had in the past," Shallert said.

Habitat affiliate President Karen Nevin said Thrivent had been a blessing and it had helped the Monett-Purdy group get organized, structured and put some things in place where future building can be done.

Nevin stated that she had been in touch with Stuart Jameson Barnes, organizational developmental consultant with Habitat, assistance furthering growth and building by the Habitat affiliate..

Further discussion was held on held on a date for the closing and dedication of house number three.

Construction supervisor Jim Copeland reported that house number three should be completed in seven to 10 days. He also stated that preliminaries for house number four have begun with the permit process. House number four will be located in the 200 block of County Road in Monett's Marshall Hill neighborhood

Donna Hammond, family selection, stated that she would need an interpretor to communicate with the family that will be residents of the next Habitat house.

Shelly Enloe, family support, discussed the policy on sweat equity and house design. It was decided to take out of the policy family members 18 and over and reduce the sweat equity hours by 50 for each family member.

Kay Johnson gave the devotional entitled "Get Busy".

Linda Schelin gave the treasurer's report and it was accepted as read.

Those attending were: Ron Overeem, Karen Nevin, Jon Suit, Raynel Schallert, Shelly Enloe, Fredrick and Carrie Jobe, Kay Johnson, Jane Overeem, Linda Schelin, Robert McGuire, Donna Hammond, and Bob and Marlene Mareth.

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