Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and Thrivent Financial to Build 10th and 11th Thrivent Builds Homes

 Kick-off Scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Los Angeles, CA (April 10, 2015) – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) will commemorate the 10th and 11th homes in greater Los Angeles to be built in partnership with Thrivent Financial. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of Thrivent Builds, a multi-year partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity. Over the last 10 years, Thrivent Financial has invested more than $200 million and built more than 4,000 homes for families in need across the United States and around the world. Here in greater Los Angeles, Thrivent has invested $1.9 million as part of the $200 million.

This year, Thrivent Financial is the full house sponsor for a home located at 1917 East 126th Street in the City of Compton. The Lopez family has been selected and qualified as the partner family for this home. Currently, Romero Lopez and Aracely Perez reside in a one-bedroom apartment in the City of Huntington Park with their three children: Kevin, Kenya and Ken.  Romero Lopez works as a machine operator for a manufacturing company in Compton. The Lopez family is looking forward to owning a home that will provide a safe and stable place for their children, away from gangs and prostitution.

Thrivent Financial is also the half house sponsor of the Loza family home located at 11720 Compton Ave. in the City of Los Angeles. Other important partners on this home include Grifols, Inc., the other half house sponsor, as well as the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles (CDC) who generously donated this vacant property to Habitat LA for development into a single-family residence. Juan and Gloria Loza currently reside in a rundown apartment in the City of Norwalk with their three sons: Nestor, Alejandro and Saul. Juan Loza supports his family by working three jobs as a banquet server in LA and Long Beach. The Loza family has hopes that a home of their own will provide their sons with an environment to support their educational and professional aspirations in the fields of math and science.

The kickoff celebration for both of these homes will take place on Tuesday April 14, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. In addition, the construction of both of these homes will be supported by Christian Churches from across greater Los Angeles, which will provide volunteer and financial support.


Thrivent Builds Kick-off

Tuesday, April 14

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

11720 Compton Ave. Los Angeles, CA

 The two homes will be completed and dedicated to each of the families just in time for the 2015 holiday season. Habitat for Humanity affiliates worldwide work to complete every Thrivent Financial sponsored home by December.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, Habitat LA has built, renovated and repaired more than 1,000 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of thousands of individuals. Habitat LA is a Guide Star® Valued Partner and has four consecutive Charity Navigator 4-Star ratings awarded to non-profits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Habitat for Humanity International recognized 14 affiliates out of more than 1400 as Affiliates of Distinction for 2015-2017 and Habitat LA is proudly one of them. For more information, please visit our website or call 310-323-4663.

Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International. Thrivent Builds is designed to involve Thrivent members and volunteers in helping provide a “hand up” to people in need of affordable housing, offering them a path to greater economic independence. Excluding government funding, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is Habitat’s largest single source of funding, constructing and repairing 4,000 homes in the U.S. and around the world since 2005. For more information, visit ThriventBuilds.com.

Community Development Commission of Los Angeles (CDC) serves as Los Angeles County’s affordable housing, and community and economic development agency. The CDC’s mission is to build better lives and better neighborhoods for the residents and business owners of LA County and is dedicated to providing services in the most effective and efficient manner. Each year, the CDC invests millions of dollars to develop or preserve high-quality, affordable housing for LA County residents. To accomplish this, we partner with multiple entities, including Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. Since 2014, through the partnership with Habitat, the CDC has transferred five vacant properties for the development of new single-family homes that will be sold to eligible buyers. The CDC is proud to be a partner with Habitat and is eager to see these properties help families realize their dreams of homeownership.


Media Contact:

Ali Mullin
Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA
(310) 502-1269

8739 Artesia Blvd., ∙ Bellflower, CA 90706 ∙ Office (310) 323-HOME (4663) ∙ Fax (310) 323-0789