Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 1, 2013

SALISBURY — Habitat for Humanity of Rowan County recently dedicated a new home sponsored by Thrivent Financial and built by volunteers and contributors from area Lutheran churches.
The house, in the Morlan Park area, is now the home of Shannon Perkins and Brandy Richardson and their two children Cadence, 5, and Kyler, 2.
The family applied to Habitat last year and worked diligently to complete their required 400 hours of “sweat equity” labor working alongside the construction volunteers.
Their dream of a brand new home for their family has now become a reality.
Thrivent Financial and area Lutheran churches have built 11 homes in Rowan County since 2000 and local Lutheran congregations raised more than $120,500 in support of this effort.
The majority of funding has been provided by Thrivent Financial as part of their ongoing support of Habitat nationwide.
By the end of 2013, Thrivent Financial will have committed more than $180 million to build 1,922 homes in the U.S.
And, volunteers will have committed more than 3.5 million hours in support of their own communities.
Rowan County has received repeated grant awards because of the vitality of the area Lutheran congregations, the strength of the two Thrivent chapters, and the quality service of the Thrivent Financial representatives and Habitat Ministry.