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Habitat for Humanity honors partners and donors for their support

AMERICUS, Ga. (May 8, 2007) — Habitat for Humanity recently recognized several donors and partners for their exemplary support in helping to alleviate poverty housing around the world at a reception in Plains, Ga. The recipients received an award for their commitment to helping families build simple, decent and affordable homes.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans was recognized for its commitment of more than $105 million to create Thrivent Builds, a financial, volunteer and advocacy alliance with Habitat for Humanity International. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans exists to help members achieve financial security and give back to their congregations, institutions and the broader community. John Gilbert, Habitat for Humanity International board member and retired chairman of the board of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, also was recognized for his leadership in forging the partnership.

Dr. Kurt Senske, chief executive officer of Lutheran Social Services of the South, accepted the award on behalf of his organization, which provides help, healing and hope to children, the elderly and low-income families. Lutheran Social Services supports Habitat with the Housing Call Center, a joint partnership which has assisted more than 3,900 families affected by the hurricanes of 2005 to identify affordable housing options. Besides disaster response, the ministry includes services for domestic and international adoption, children’s residential treatment, therapeutic foster care, adult day care, and senior healthcare and retirement.

The Salvation Army was acknowledged for its partnership with Habitat to assist 1,000 households of hurricane survivors in the Gulf Coast to become homeowners. Kevin Tomson-Hooper, social services secretary, accepted the award on behalf of his organization. In addition to relief for disaster victims, the Salvation Army provides an array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children.

Trinidad Hidalgo, president of Joseph Hidalgo & Sons Inc., was recognized for her pledge to build Habitat homes in Guatemala beyond her lifetime in honor and memory of her father, Jose Hidalgo.

McKinsey & Company was recognized for its consulting support on Habitat for Humanity projects.

“Given the immense need for decent shelter in the world, Habitat for Humanity realizes that we must work with individuals and groups at so many levels in order to respond appropriately,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity. “Through their generous partnership with us, our friends demonstrate their intolerance of substandard living conditions and strengthen the impact we can have around the world as we help families build safe, affordable and decent homes.”

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 Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit