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Thrivent Financial Awards Habitat for Humanity Wayne County Grant for 2021 Faith Build!!!!




Habitat for Humanity, Wayne County, Ohio and Thrivent partner to help improve the lives of the Daniel Seibert family

Thrivent commits over $12 million in 2020 to partnership with Habitat for Humanity across the U.S. and around the world

Wooster, Ohio, July 15, 2020 – Habitat for Humanity, Wayne County, Ohio and Thrivent have partnered together with local churches and Thrivent members in Wayne County, Ohio to make a difference for a local family.  Habitat for Humanity, Wayne County has been awarded $60,000 from Thrivent as part of the long-standing national partnership between Habitat and Thrivent, which helps families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable housing.  

Locally, Habitat and Thrivent will partner on the construction of a home for the Daniel Seibert family in Wooster during 2020, alongside multiple local churches, in a Habitat and Thrivent Faith Build. Approximately 89 of these home build projects will take place in 24 states across the US in 2020.

Ryan Spengler, Thrivent’s Financial Associate for the Mid-Atlantic Region and based out of Wooster stated, “It's a privilege to work closely with the team at Habitat Wayne County and Thrivent to make this Faith Build come to life.  As a Financial Representative, I work with families every day who are looking to express generosity in different ways in our community and it's exciting that this Faith Build is in our own backyard.  At Thrivent, we believe in empowering families, churches and businesses to build up our own community and working with Habitat for Humanity and community stakeholders to accomplish this goal is a home run!  I'm eager to start the build and to see the community engage with this incredible opportunity.”

Habitat and Thrivent Faith Builds improve communities by helping Habitat build homes in partnership with Christian churches and families in need of decent, affordable housing in the US.

Thrivent has committed over $12 million to the 2020 partnership, which will be used to partner with families, Christian churches, and volunteers across the US and around the world on different housing projects.

Since the national partnership’s inception in 2005, and through 2019, Thrivent and its members have contributed more than $268 million and more than 6.1 million volunteer hours in the U.S. and around the world to help thousands of families and individuals build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

Beth Weaver, Habitat’s Executive Director shared, “Habitat for Humanity in Wayne County is honored to be chosen as one of only 89 recipients throughout the country to receive this extremely generous ‘Thrivent Faith Build Grant’. Even though the COVID-19 Pandemic has resulted in significant disruptions of these Faith Builds in 2020, worldwide, Habitat for Humanity in Wayne County Ohio is committed to complete the 2020 build by the end of 2020!!!   We’re excited for the challenge this grant presents to us, as well as to the churches in our community. The grant focuses on getting area churches involved in praying for the project, providing lunches, volunteer days, as well as an opportunity to match Thrivent’s generous financial gift.  We look forward to growing our relationship with churches in our community as we build homes and hope for our hard-working Partner Families.” 

Thrivent remains the largest non-governmental supporter of Habitat for Humanity International.

For more information about the Habitat and Thrivent Partnership, visit To learn about local volunteer opportunities, visit

About Habitat for Humanity, Wayne County, Ohio

Habitat for Humanity was established in Wayne County in 1986 and built their first home in Marshallville in 1987.  Since that time, the Wayne County affiliate has built 82 homes in the county with the Seibert family home slated to be their 83rd.  Habitat provides affordable homes to families in the county, who might not otherwise be able to purchase a home through the conventional lending process.   The Partner Families purchase their homes from Habitat at zero percent interest, must complete 300 hours of sweat equity in building a home, and successfully complete several home ownership, maintenance and financial courses before taking possession of their own home.

About Thrivent
Thrivent is a fraternal benefit society that helps Christians on the wise with money journey. As a mission-driven, membership-owned organization, it offers its more than 2 million members and customers a broad range of financial products, services and guidance to help them obtain a life of contentment, confidence and generosity. Thrivent and its subsidiary and affiliate companies offer insurance, investments, banking and advice over the phone, online as well as through financial professionals and independent agents nationwide. Thrivent is a FORTUNE 500 company with $134 billion in assets under management/advisement (as of 12/31/18). For more than a century it has helped Christians make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.



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Beth Weaver                                                                                           Callie Briese

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