A first for two non-profits in Long Beach

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - It's a first in the partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a non-profit-organization.  Instead of just building a home here and there, the two non-profits have come together to build a community of 28 homes.  It's called Thrivent Lane.

"As I came in and drove down Thrivent Lane, to see the homes, architecture, trees and the set-backs it just gives you such a sense of warmth.  Here in Long Beach is the first time that dream has come to life," says Jeff Hahn with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

About 50 volunteers with Thrivent came down for the week. The group will send more than 600 volunteers over the next year to finish this project. The volunteers will also build another community of 28 homes in Gulfport.

"To have that sense of community is something even more special than building the houses themselves," says Hahn.

The White Family, also first time homeowners, will be apart of Thrivent Lane's new community.

"It's something that we always wanted, and we feel blessed," says Melissa White, soon to be Habitat homeowner.

"It's cool and exciting, and I'm really glad it's going to be my house," says Devon White of Long Beach.

The two organizations hope the excitement will continue to build in Long Beach as more families find a new community to call home. Thrivent's impact has also been felt worldwide. It's helping build 1,300 homes.