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Habitat construction complete--time to celebrate

A ceremony at the new Habitat for Humanity Home in Perham will be Nov. 22, at 2 p.m.

Leaf River Area Habitat for Humanity and the East Otter Tail Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans have accomplished what they set out to do 9 months ago--build a home with a family in urgent need of one.

On Saturday, November 22, at 2 p.m., volunteers, Habitat for Humanity representatives, Thrivent Financial representatives and, of course, the excited partner family will gather at 809 8th Avenue SW in Perham to celebrate the hard work, the generous financial backing and the community support that made this home possible.

A brief program is planned, beginning at 2 p.m. The homebuyer Kari Potrament and her family are more than just a little eager to move into their new home.

They have completed 250 hours of "sweat equity" helping to build the home, a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity. They will repay the no-profit mortgage over a period of years, illustrating Habitat for Humanity's objective to give families a "hand up" rather than a "hand out."

"The Leaf River Area Habitat Board Directors want to thank Thrivent Financial and the East Otter Tail Thrivent Chapter for both their financial and volunteer support," says Mike Kramer, Executive Director Leaf River Habitat for Humanity. "They have contributed nearly $70,000 toward the construction of the house and recruited more then 150 volunteers who provided over 1,600 hours of volunteer service in the construction of this house. Additionally, we want to say thank you to the local businesses that worked with us in the construction of this house."

The new home, located on 8th Avenue, is a result of the recent alliance between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, the alliance is a four-year, $125 million commitment by Thrivent Financial that includes plans to construct hundreds of homes across the country each year, to engage hundreds of thousands of volunteers in Habitat for Humanity builds, to promote short-term volunteer home building trips abroad and to provide large grants to measurably improve substandard housing in specific neighborhoods.

"On behalf of the East Otter Tail Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, I would like to thank all of the people who helped to make this day possible," said Diane Thorson, East Otter Tail Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. "People gave of their time, talents, and treasures to help Kari and her family experience the joy of owning their home. This is a time of thanksgiving for all who have been involved in this project."

For more information on this unique alliance, visit


About Leaf River Area Habitat for Humanity:

Leaf River Area Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry dedicated to building decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in need in Eastern Otter Tail and Wadena Counties. Since 1994, Leaf River Area Habitat has worked with 22 families to build homes. For more information, visit


About Habitat for Humanity International:

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit