When your mission is to build homes, it may seem counterproductive to demolish one. But, for Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity, it's a means to an end. On Monday, February 13, the Grand Island Fire Department conducted a controlled burn at 416 E. 8th, clearing the way for Habitat's 91st area home build.
"Although it's more expensive for us to buy a property that needs to be demolished, we feel we fulfill a greater purpose when we tear down a deteriorated property to make way for a new home," said Dana Jelinek, Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity's Executive Director.
There won't be any time to rest, as Habitat has plans to start construction at the site on March 4. The home will be a four bedroom, two bath house, sponsored by Thrivent Financial with $56,000 awarded to support construction and built with the help of area faith groups and Thrivent benefit members. Habitat will need church group volunteers from March 4th to July. Call 308-385-5510 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
As a fraternal financial services provider, Thrivent gives from earnings to Habitat for Humanity affiliates through its Thrivent Builds Homes program. This will be the fifth house built in Grand Island through the program and one of thousands of mission projects globally. One of the requirements of the grant is that 25% of the volunteers must be benefit or associate members of Thrivent. They also require that 25% of the volunteers come from churches. Currently, churches and faith groups, with and without connections to Thrivent, are being sought to schedule work groups.
Another Habitat home is currently under construction, with a projected completion in April. Other home construction is scheduled for later this spring, including the Home Builders Blitz in June.
To celebrate these builds and the Habitat's ministry over 25 years, a luncheon is being planned for March 4 at the Burlington Station. It will be the kickoff day for the Thrivent Build, which is just two blocks from the station. Please reserve your spot by March 2nd for the 11:30 lunch and sharing of stories by calling the Habitat office at 308-385-5510.
Do you or someone you know dream of owning a home but feel it isn’t possible based on income? You, too, can know the strength, stability and independence that come with having a place to call home. Habitat's home loan application period is open now for homes to be built later in the year and in 2018. Applications deadline is March 10th at noon.
Check out this video link to get a feel for the impact this organization is making in our community: