Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity took part in an international milestone celebration Dec. 4 in Minneapolis to celebrate Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity's building of 2,000 homes for families in the last four years.
Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
LAHFH built seven homes as part of the international effort. In 2009, two LAHFH homes received funding and volunteers through the partnership, one in Akeley and one in Brainerd.
Thrivent Financial announced a 2010 commitment of $15 million to Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity and its homebuilding program, continuing its support of Habitat's mission for a fifth year. The funding will make the construction of 181 additional homes in 37 states possible. LAHFH may receive $109,200 for the construction of two Thrivent Builds homes in the coming year.
"The Thrivent Builds alliance has helped Lakes Area Habitat increase the number of families served in our community," Kevin Pelkey, Habitat executive director, said in an e-mail. "We are so grateful for Thrivent's support of our efforts to provide decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need."
While Thrivent Financial provided at least 65 percent of the funding for each of the 2,000 homes, local volunteers - many of them Thrivent members and members of area Lutheran congregations - assisted with construction and helped raise additional funds.
Home Stretch classes slated in Brainerd
Home Stretch, a first-time homebuyer education workshop, will be offered from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 13, 20 and 27 at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
The three-night workshop educates first-time homebuyers about the process of buying a home. Topics include financing and mortgage approval process, budget and credit issues, real estate, closing procedures, basic home maintenance and affordable mortgage products that may be available. Some affordable mortgage products, first-time homebuyer products and government loans may require a buyer to receive a Home Stretch certificate.
The Central Minnesota Housing Partnership, a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing services to central Minnesota, coordinates the Home Stretch workshops.
For more information or to register, contact the CMHP at (320) 259-0393. Registration is required and the cost is $25 per household.
Edina Realty donates time and money
The Edina Realty Foundation donated $2,000 to the Brainerd Salvation Army. This grant was given in addition to more than $1,800 raised by Edina agents in Baxter for the Salvation Army red kettles.
Mary DuBois Adamek
Major Jeff Strickler, the Salvation Army Brainerd Lakes Corps officer, in an e-mail said that organizations such as the Edina Realty Foundation, using the matching grant process, encourages giving. Brainerd Lakes Broadcasting also helped by providing advertising for the matching grant event.
Edina Realty Baxter agents also supported two families with Christmas presents through the Bridges of Hope program.
Agents complete short sales designation
CROSSLAKE - Mary DuBois Adamek, Bob Hamilton and Loni Hiles of Edina Realty in Crosslake recently completed a two-day seminar, receiving the designation for short sale, foreclosure and real estate or bank-owned properties at Edina Realty in the Twin Cities.
Mike Brennan, Kaplan Professional Schools, was the instructor for the interactive classes. Agents learned the importance of working with buyers and sellers and working effectively with lending institutions.
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