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New home will be new life for Perham family

This year will mark the beginning of a new life for the Michael and Sarah Eade family.

The Eades recently learned that they had been selected to build a Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity home in Perham. Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

The initiative will provide 55 percent of the construction costs of the Eade home. Area Thrivent chapters and Lutheran congregations will raise an additional 10 percent while Leaf River Area Habitat for Humanity will fund the remaining 35 percent.

Because the need for affordable housing is so great, the desire to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build a home is also great. Families are chosen based on their need for decent housing, their ability to repay a no-profit, zero-interest mortgage and their willingness to help build their home or other Habitat for Humanity homes.

Because partnering with Habitat for Humanity is a life-changing experience, selected families are often joyfully overwhelmed when told the good news.

"Our family and friends have been praying for this blessing for so long," the Eade family wrote in a letter. "We are so excited to start building on our new home and the opportunity to get the chance to meet the people that will be helping us. People that are willing to sacrifice their time and share their knowledge for our home and family! Have the faith that He will provide and miracles will happen."

While Leaf River Area Habitat for Humanity will build one Thrivent Builds home this year, other Habitat for Humanity affiliates in 33 states will build hundreds more homes for a cumulative total of up to 164 homes in 2011.

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