2013 Thrivent Builds/ Lutheran House This is Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s sixth Thrivent Builds/Lutheran House. “Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity” is an alliance between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International. The alliance brings together the financial, volunteer and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial and Lutheran churches to build Habitat homes. The partnering Lutheran churches are: Abiding Savior, Emmanuel, Lutheran Church of the Nativity and St. Mark’s.
MEET THE LYTLE FAMILY Felicia Lytle and her three children are excited to be part of a Habitat community, especially one being built in Swannanoa, NC. It has been a long process for Felicia to become approved for homeownership, but she states, “It’s been a great experience. Over the years I have worked really hard to provide more for my family. Getting two degrees and a better job were part of it, but a home of our own has been a big goal of mine.” Felicia works as a teacher for Head Start and is an alumna of both Montreat College and Western Carolina University. She was born and raised in Buncombe County, and, in fact, played tee-ball on the very field where her house will be built! The Lytle family’s 4-bedroom/ 2-bath house will be located in Asheville Area Habitat’s new Swannanoa neighborhood. Felicia is very thankful that her children will be able to remain in the schools where they are currently thriving. At a recent visit Felicia remarked, “It’s just perfect timing for our family. I would always be so thankful to purchase a Habitat home, but for it to be located in Swannanoa is just so amazing. We love this area and we want to call it home.”
HOW HABITAT’S HOMEOWNERSHIP PROGRAM WORKS • Qualifications - residency, need, willingness to partner and ability to pay • Approved families contribute “sweat equity” which includes volunteering in the ReStore, office or jobsite and taking classes like Manage Your Money and Basic Home Maintenance. • Habitat sells homes at no-profit to partner families who pay a 0% interest mortgage for the cost of the house over a 30-year term.
ASHEVILLE AREA HABITAT FACTS & FIGURES • Since 1983, 244 houses built; 900+ adults and children served • 1,650 volunteer hours are needed to build one Habitat house • Building a Way Home campaign: acquire and develop land for 150 future Habitat houses; introduce Home Repair program to broaden scope of housing services; expand the ReStore by 13,000 square feet; acquire & renovate 33 Meadow Road building
HOW YOU CAN HELP Make a financial contribution through your church
Make your check payable to your congregation and put “for Thrivent Builds House #6” in the memo line.
Volunteer on the construction site
YOU can help build Thrivent Builds House #6! No experience is required and all over the age of 16 are welcome. See your church’s volunteer coordinator to schedule dates.
Volunteer in the ReStore
The ReStore relies heavily on volunteers. To learn more about volunteering in the store, please contact Carrie Burgin at 210.9381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate to, or shop in, the Habitat ReStore
Your contributions to our inventory and your purchases both contribute to Habitat’s overall mission of building safe, decent and affordable houses. ReStore proceeds help cover our administrative and fundraising costs and provide funding for our building program. Call 254.6706 to learn more. Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity Administrative Office 33 Meadow Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
ReStore 31 Meadow Rd, Asheville, NC 28803