Habitat for Humanity Ozaukee officially presented a new home to Tammy Neumann in a special ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 19.
Habitat partnered with Thrivent Builds, Thrivent Financial's community service branch, and First Immanuel Church in Cedarburg over the last seven months to build the Port Washington home for Tammy and her son Alex. The home was built with specific modifications to make it handicap-accessible for Alex, who suffers from cerebral palsy.
The ceremony was attended by members of Habitat for Humanity, Thrivent Financial, and First Immanuel Church, and volunteers from Concordia University, as well as Mayor Tom Mlada and other city officials.
According to Habitat President Tom Urban, the Neumann home took volunteers around 3,000 hours over a seven-month period to complete for a project that would normally take a year.
"We pushed our volunteers hard to complete this project. We had one crew of workers stretched across two work sites when we normally only do one house a year," said Urban, who referenced another Habitat home completed in October.
Jim Meyer, community relations director for Habitat and Thrivent Financial representative, praised the collaboration of the groups who came together to build the home.
"Thrivent Financial has a fraternal nature in everything we do, and our commitment to working in the community is why Thrivent Builds exists," said Meyer. "Completing Tammy's home was a major undertaking, but the end result was completely worth it. This was Thrivent's first collaboration with HFHOZ, and we look forward to more projects like this in the future."