MATTHEWS – Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity broke ground on its 107th home for the Ndjovu family in September and expects the project to be completed before the end of the year.
The ongoing partnership between Habitat and Thrivent Financial helps families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable housing. For more than a decade, Thrivent Financial has partnered with Habitat affiliates to sponsor and build more than 4,000 homes.
“It is such a gift to work for an organization that places Christian values and generosity first,” said Pamela Bajorek, Thrivent Financial associate. “I have personally been blessed by our local relationship with Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity, where we are currently working on our second build together. What a wonderful reflection of both organizations’ commitment to strengthen not only families, but entire communities.”
The Built by Faith home build was made possible in partnership with nine area churches: St. Stephen United Methodist, Matthews United Methodist, Matthews Presbyterian, St. Francis United Methodist, Morning Star Lutheran, Cross and Crown Lutheran, Messiah Lutheran, Providence Presbyterian and Hope World Wide – Charlotte Church of Christ.
“This build brings together several congregations, of varying denominations, to work communally to help make homeownership a reality for a hard-working family,” said Natisha Rivera-Patrick, executive director of Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity. “This is truly a home built by faith.”
The affiliate will host a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 27 for its third Sandy Marano Memorial Home at 3519 Dion Drive. Marano lost her battle to breast cancer in 2016. She’s honored through a Memorial Women Build in her name.
The Women Build is a national initiative where women across the country partner with local Habitat locations to recruit, educate and nurture women to build – and advocate for – simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities.