Northern Ocean Habitat and Thrivent Financial Partner to Help Improve Lives of Northern Ocean County Residents

TOMS RIVER, N.J. –   Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity has partnered with Thrivent Financial to support Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, an ongoing partnership between Habitat and Thrivent Financial, which helps families in the U.S. and across the globe obtain strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

Locally, the program will fund the repairs of five homes in northern Ocean County through the Thrivent Build Repairs program, which allows Habitat to make repairs to existing homes in partnership with families who lack the resources or ability to make the repairs themselves.

On Friday, August 25, volunteers from Habitat and Thrivent Financial joined forces to do repair work on the home of Peter, a Toms River resident, as part of Northern Ocean Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness repair program. The home’s back deck was rotting and in disrepair, making it dangerous and unusable. In addition, the debris around and under the deck was serving as potential harborage and breeding ground for animals, rodents and vermin. A storage shed was also in a serious state of disrepair and needed to be repaired, removed or replaced.

With the help of Thrivent, Northern Ocean Habitat demolished the back deck and removed all surrounding brush. Additionally, the shed roof was removed and the sheathing and shingles were replaced. Brushes and weeds were trimmed and removed and loose siding was reattached.

“It’s not only rewarding but extremely humbling, to say the least, that all these people would show up to help me.,” shared Peter. “I can’t thank Northern Ocean Habitat enough for their kindness, generosity and love shown to me not only from the organization, but from all the volunteers that came over and gave their time.”

“It is inspiring to work alongside Habitat families, Thrivent members and other volunteers to build and repair homes,” said Brian Mccaskill, a Financial Associate with Thrivent Financial. “Sharing our time and talents to live generously and strengthen our community is a great way to get to know our neighbors and make a real difference.”


About Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity

Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that brings people together to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter in northern Ocean County. To date, the Northern Ocean County affiliate has completed 18 new affordable homes, 60 Hurricane Sandy critical home repairs and over 147 home repairs. Northern Ocean Habitat also operates the ReStore, a furniture and home goods thrift store at 1201 Lakewood Road in Toms River (soon to relocate to Route 37). For more information and to find out how to get involved, ‘like’ Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity on Facebook, visit the website at or call 732-228-7962.


About Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity

Thrivent Financial has been a national partner of Habitat for Humanity since 2005, through the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity partnership.  Thrivent Builds is designed to involve Thrivent members and other volunteers to improve communities by working alongside families in need of a decent place to live all across the U.S. and around the world. Together with its volunteers, Thrivent Financial has constructed and repaired more than 4,300 homes in the U.S. and has sent 1,000 build teams around the world. Thrivent Financial remains the largest non-governmental supporter of Habitat for Humanity International. For more information, visit

About Thrivent Financial
Thrivent Financial is a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. As a membership organization, it offers its more than 2.3 million members a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.