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Thrivent, Habitat partner in ‘Love Your Neighborhood’ project for repairs to 64-year-old Renata Cruz’ home


Thrivent Financial and Lexington Habitat for Humanity partner in a Love Your Neighborhood project to help homeowner Renata Cruz make critical repairs to her home by pairing Lexington Habitat’s Love Your Neighborhood Program and Thrivent Builds Repairs on Thursday at 313 Tulane Drive, Lexington.

Lexington Habitat staff and volunteers from Young Realtors of the Bluegrass and Thrivent Financial gathered to perform repairs to Renata Cruz’s home at 313 Tulane Drive, Lexington.

Cruz is a 64-year-old homeowner who is wheelchair bound and unable to make the critical and necessary repairs to her home because of physical limitations and financial need.

Renata Cruz

Volunteers worked on interior and exterior repairs, removing torn carpet from the side stoop and front porch area, painting the side of the garage, cleaning up fallen limbs in the backyard and trimming up the front of the house.

The entire scope of work for Cruz’s home scope of work for this project included full replacement of HVAC, roof replacement, plumbing repairs, drywall repairs, gutter replacement, hot water heater replacement, replacement of door handles to accommodate Cruz’s accessibility needs and broken window replacement. Cruz’s HVAC has already been installed as she has been without heat for three years.

Love Your Neighborhood is part of Lexington Habitat’s broader strategy to transform, strengthen and revitalize our community. The program features critically needed home repairs that improve health, safety, and affordability for low-income homeowners, while its neighborhood projects focus on community safety and beautification.

Lexington Habitat Executive Director Rachel Childress says that Love Your Neighborhood “provides Lexington Habitat with a valuable opportunity to serve our community. Providing critically needed home repairs to our vulnerable neighbors is another way that we provide affordable housing and allow people like Renata to age in place.”

Lexington Habitat’s Love Your Neighborhood Home Repair Program helps low-income homeowners address needed critical home repairs through sweat equity and an affordable financial investment. In return, homeowners have a safer, healthier and more energy-efficient home. The Home Repair Program serves homeowners affected by age, disability or other circumstances and who struggle to maintain the integrity of their homes.

Love Your Neighborhood addresses projects from cleaning and rehanging a gutter to replacing a rotting, leaking roof; from replacing an unsafe, crumbling porch to adding handrails and ramps; from replacing a tub with a shower to accommodate mobility issues to stabilizing a floor system. Habitat helps families stay in the homes and neighborhoods which have become sanctuary for them.


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