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Lexington Habitat for Humanity celebrates 442nd family served through homeownership program

Susy Alonso-Rios and her children, Susy (15), Chris (11) and Sadie (7), became the 442nd family served through Lexington Habitat’s homeownership program when the family celebrated the dedication of their new home on Russell Cave Road. Representatives from Thrivent Financial and Lexington Restoration Churches, who provided a homebuyer sponsorship and volunteers, were on hand to present a hammer, bible and keys to the family’s home.

Originally from Zacatecas de Felipe Pescador, Mexico, Susy has lived in Lexington for the past 16 years. While working full-time at Pine Meadows Health Care in environmental services, Susy also completed 250 Habitat sweat equity hours by helping build her home as well as attending required educational classes to support financial literacy and homeownership basics.

Susy Alonso-Rios and her children, Susy, Chris and Sadie (Photo from Lexington Habitat for Humanity)

Susy is excited to create a stable and happy life for her children through affordable homeownership.

“It will mean everything to them,” Alonso-Rios Said. “A big thank you for making families so happy and see their dreams come true.”

Thrivent Financial contributed $30,000 and issued a challenge to Lexington Restoration Christian churches to raise the remaining funds necessary to fully sponsor Susy’s home. Financial support came from First Christian Church, Broadway Christian Church, CenterPointe Christian, Tates Creek Christian Church, Hill N Dale Christian Church, Southside Church of Christ – Lexington, NorthEast Christian Church of Lexington, Mt. Eden Christian Church, Growth Point Church, Gardenside Christian Church, and Russell Cave Church of Christ. The churches together raised a total of $30,000 in celebration of Restoration 200 and to match the contribution of Thrivent Financial and to provide a Lexington Habitat homebuyer sponsorship.  

“Thrivent values the partnership with Habitat for Humanity and we appreciate the opportunity to serve our community by providing people in need of affordable housing a decent, affordable place to live,” said Brittany Lawson, Financial Consultant with Thrivent Financial. “Working with Lexington Habitat provides us many different ways to serve our community, and we are eager to celebrate with Susy on Sunday.”

For more than 10 years, Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity have worked together to improve unsafe and unhealthy living conditions for people around the world. In Lexington, Thrivent Financial has served over 40 families through homeownership and home repair projects. Since the partnership’s inception, Thrivent Financial and its members have committed $213 million and 4.4 million volunteer hours to help create decent and affordable housing with 4,000 Habitat families in 34 countries around the world.

“We are understandably grateful for the financial and volunteer support provided by Thrivent Financial and Lexington’s Restoration Churches,” said Rachel Smith Childress, Lexington Habitat CEO. “Susy has worked hard to reach her goal of homeownership and provide a home for her children. We are all excited to rejoice with her.”

From Lexington Habitat for Humanity

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