Together, Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial support the Thrivent Builds to mobilize volunteers to build, repair or rehab homes to help families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
Darlene Williams of St. Stephens, SC has owned her first home since 1990. She was a Habitat for Humanity partner family and a single parent with 3 boys at that time. In the past 27 years, she has raised her children while working as a school aide and paid off her mortgage in full.
Then in 2016, Hurricane Matthew damaged the exterior siding and trim, and tree roots had clogged the septic drains. She had to drain the septic tank with a garden hose every week in order to operate the toilets. Her need for a TBR home preservation project was important to maintain the integrity of the home. The total costs were too much for her to pay all at once. So she called Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County, remembering the volunteers who helped to build her house and she offered her sweat equity as well as her sons to get the job done. The work was completed on August 5, 2017.