Melissa Norman fundraising for 2019 Romania Gafford Thrivent Team

Melissa Norman

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I am volunteering on my 6th international build with Habitat for Humanity! Want to see what your support does? Check out the video of last year's build. Every donation helps!

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I am so thankful to be able to volunteer on these builds with Habitat- but what makes it possible is the generous support from friends, family, and co-workers. I would not be able to go and do the work without you! Every donation, whether it's $5 or $500, makes it possible to provide decent and safe housing for these families.

Your donation to this build isn't funding a " working vacation to a cool place", it's funding the opportunity to change the lives of people in areas of the world that don't experience the volunteerism and outreach that we see here in the US. Your support means so much more than building a house, it means building a home.

The funds raised will provide building materials and logistics during the build- and not my personal travel expenses!  A portion of the money is also an automatic donation to HFH Romania.  AND in most instances your donation is tax-deductible!

This year's project will be continuing the work on four quadraplexes that HFH Cumpana Romania is building. Each unit will house four families. Two have already been completed, and two were started this past summer.

Even though Romania is part of the EU, 5.5 million Romanians live in extremely poor conditions, including more than 2 million children, and over 42% of the population have no bathroom facilities with access to running water. Over 58% are struggling with overcrowded living conditions, and many houses are made with improper materials, or are in advanced stages of degradation, and are not equipped with basic utilities. Two-thirds of Romania's people in rural areas live in the poorest conditions, and in the cities many live in cramped apartments. Much of Romania's housing stock is low quality and deteriorating because of a lack of maintenance. More than 10,000 blocks of flats were constructed 40-50 years ago and now need serious renovation to their infrastructure, heating systems, and roofs.

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According to the official statistics, 35 percent of housing in Romania is in a state of complete neglect and in need of urgent repairs.

Habitat for Humanity Romania has taken up the challenge of ending poverty housing in the country. Since it’s founding in 1996, HFH Romania has partnered with more than 1,000 families.

We invite you to join our Global Village team in partnering with Roma families in need to help build safe, affordable, decent homes. There are many ways to be a part of this exciting and vital project. You can donate to an individual team member.  You can also share this cause with people in your network. By clicking on the “Share” buttons at the upper right of this page, you can share a link and information about this page on Facebook, Twitter other social media sites.

Thank you for your donations and prayers for our team!

Thrivent and Habitat:

No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. At Habitat for Humanity, this is what unites us. Through shelter, we empower. Building with Habitat for Humanity International is a profound experience for all involved. It’s not just sticks and blocks. It is tears and smiles, borne of hard work and faith.That’s why Thrivent Financial works with Habitat and it’s why we want to do more. Much more. Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity engages congregations, Thrivent members, Habitat affiliates, and individuals from across the United States and around the world to build hundreds of housing solutions per year for Habitat homeowners, directly reducing poverty housing around the world.Thrivent Financial’s mission as a membership organization of Christians is to guide people to be wise with money and live generously. Leading or participating in a Thrivent Builds Worldwide trip with Habitat is a prime way to put that mission in action.

About Thrivent Builds Worldwide:

The Thrivent Builds program combines the financial, volunteer, and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial together with the affordable housing leadership of Habitat for Humanity. Thrivent Builds Worldwide teams are led by members of Thrivent Financial and build in communities both locally and around the world. To learn more, please visit

Global Village is Habitat for Humanity’s international volunteer program. Teams travel to over 40 countries to work alongside communities, build housing solutions, and experience local culture. Our goal is to change the lives of the people we serve, as well as the lives of the volunteers.

To join a team or learn more, visit

About Habitat for Humanity International 

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit

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