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Lexington Habitat, Methodist churches, and Thrivent Financial, build new home for Nzibonera family


Lexington Habitat for Humanity celebrated the dedication of a new home for homebuyer Riziki Nzibonera and her children, Remy (13), Aurelie (17), Bosoka (19) and Elvis (25), on Sunday at 1773 Russell Cave Road.

The family came from Tanzania where Riziki was working in the nursing department at the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp.

The family has spent three years in Lexington and both Riziki and her children are excited about buying their Habitat house and what that will mean for their futures. Riziki says that “having a home to call our own will help with my children’s education since they will not be moving all the time, they will have a stable environment.”

Lexington Habitat CEO Rachel Childress adds, “Stability is important for all of us, but especially for our children as they learn, grow and develop. Riziki’s keen understanding of that need for her children led her to Lexington Habitat’s homebuyer program. The dedication of her Habitat home celebrates the beginning of a stable future for her family. Stability is also important for our organization and we are extremely grateful for the financial stability sponsors like the United Methodist Churches and Thrivent provide for us and the families we serve.”

Thrivent Financial contributed $30,000 and issued a challenge to Lexington United Methodist congregations to raise the remaining funds necessary to fully sponsor Riziki’s home. Financial support came from Centenary United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church, Park United Methodist Church, Southern Hills United Methodist Church, St. Luke United Methodist Church and Trinity Hill United Methodist Church.

The churches together raised funds to match the contribution of Thrivent Financial and to provide a Lexington Habitat homebuyer sponsorship.

“Centenary is a proud partner, along with other United Methodist congregations from around the region, in the annual United Methodist build. We recognize that homeownership strengthens one family at a time, as well as our entire community. We are thrilled that Thrivent Financial matched church funds to help make this home a reality for Riziki and her children,” said Julie Broderson, Pastor of Missions at Centenary United Methodist Church.

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.

According to Thrivent Community Engagement Leader Shelby Calvin, “Habitat’s missions align very well with ours and we value the relationship. Bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope has been impactful to our employees and members. Helping build homes for families like Riziki and her children has been a privilege for us and we take great pride in being part of the process. There are life-long friendships that have been made while volunteering on the build site and a strong sense of community unity that has been raised while building Riziki’s home. We are so grateful for the relationship we have with Habitat for Humanity; and the families that they continue to help bring hope and security to through homeownership!

LEXINGTON HOMEOWNER STUDY OUTCOMES

98.4% of homeowners are proud of their home.

80% say Habitat classes prepared them for homeownership.
87% reported learning a lot from their sweat equity.

41% have been working at the same job for 5+ years.

96% reported their children are happier.

90% say their children have a quiet space to do homework.
76% stated their children’s grades had improved.

84% reported their children’s school attendance had improved.
86% reported their children were healthier and sick less often.

From Lexington Habitat for Humanity


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