Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Progress on all the Habitat houses is slower than during the build-a-thon, but it continues apace. The Thrivent Builds house is coming along nicely. It has fascia, roof sheathing, some rough plumbing, a front porch, and has scaffolding set up to prepare for installing windows and siding.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Go in Peace, and Serve the Lord

Habitat East Bay surpassed their fund-raising goal for the build-a-thon, with over $105,000 raised for the 4 day event. Lutheran participation was great, both for volunteer hours and donating.

But we need to keep at it. It takes a lot of work to build a house (over 500 volunteer days), and the requirement for Thrivent Builds is that at least half the work has to be from Lutherans. So go volunteer with a couple of friends, or organize a work day for your church. Go in peace, and serve the Lord!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Build-A-Thon Pictures 3

The build-a-thon was a big success. Over $95,000 was raised (still counting) and 420 volunteer days amassed in just 4 days. Over 300 hours were volunteered by Lutherans -- more than 7% of the volunteered hours of the whole build-a-thon!

Habitat East Bay has more pictures of the build-a-thon on their website and photo gallery. I've included some of the pictures on the Thrivent Builds house here.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Homeowner Profile

Sometimes it's easy to lose track of why we donate our money and volunteer our time, and in so doing become discouraged. But it's important to remember that the house that Thrivent Builds is sponsoring is for real people. The future homeowner of the Thrivent Builds house is Sonnie Dae, who is raising 5 children (4 of her own and a niece). Read more about her and the children here.

More Build-A-Thon Pictures

Some more Build-A-Thon pictures, courtesy of Pat Krohn-Pope (Thrivent board member and Build-A-Thon volunteer).