The Wood Family

After all of the rain we have had this spring, Faith Build 2019 is finally underway!

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Faith Build 2018

Congratulations to the Fernandez Family! They were handed their keys to their new home at a dedication ceremony in December of 2018.


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Faith Build 2017 

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Rubi and her daughters had their dedication ceremony in December of 2017. They love their beautiful, new home and the girls have been thriving in their new school!



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There is a serious problem with affordable housing in the Greater Aurora area. There are many working families that only make $22,000 to $45,000 despite having good jobs.  Only because of their income level, families cannot qualify for a mortgage with a bank. Where can they go to have a rent payment they can afford? Unfortunately, they often have no choice but to turn to substandard rentals that are unhealthy and unsafe. According to USA Today, one in four families are paying 50% of their income on housing and utilities. These parents want a better life for their children, just like you. If they stay in their apartment they may endure mold, poor heat, rodents, high crime, no air conditioning, only one bedroom, intolerable neighbors, no garage, a landlord that won’t make necessary repairs and more. So they keep moving trying to find a better place to live. As a result, the children keep losing their friends with each move and they begin a downward spiral in moving from school to school. Sadly, for many of our Habitat families, it is even worse than this.

Fox Valley Habitat is a Christian housing ministry that believes in empowering working low-income families through home ownership. We have built 62 homes here in the Greater Aurora area and another 46 homes in Bolivia with our tithes to Habitat for Humanity International. By the end of 2019, we will have completed 64 homes! As a Christian nonprofit we believe in a hand-up, not a hand-out. That is why working with churches and people of faith is ideal to make a difference in the neighborhoods and churches where we live and work. There is great interest in Habitat for Humanity’s approach to this problem that has worked over 700,000 times successfully all over the world. Our alliance, along with 25 churches, worked together to build a home for Rubi Mata and her two daughters in 2017, and we did the same for Carmen and her daughters in 2018, and now for Andrea and her 2 sons in 2019. You may wonder, why bother, the problem is too big for you to fix. Together we may not be able to change the world but we will change someone’s world. Also because it is what God has asked us to do. Help us change our community one family at a time. Please make a contribution to Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity to transform lives and as Christians living out our faith to be the hands and feet of Christ.

1 John 3:16-18—If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has not pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love in word or speech, but in truth and action. 

Participating Churches


Advent Christian church

First Baptist Church

Our Lady of Mercy

St. Marks Lutheran Church

Westminister Presbyterian

St. John United Church of Christ 

Flowing Forth Grace United Methodist Church


Bethany Lutheran Church

Congregational Church



Rejoice Lutheran


Genesis Community


Community United  Methodist

Good Shepherd Lutheran

Grace United Methodist 

Trinity Church of the Nazarene

Wesley United Methodist

River Glen Presbyterian Church 


Oswego Presbyterian Church

Sugar Grove

St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church

Sugar Grove United Methodist


AuSable Grove Presbyterian

Trinity Church United Methodist

Yorkville Congregational United Church

Cross Lutheran Church 


Thrivent Financial Corporate Sponsorship

Thrivent Financial is the only Fortune 500 not-for-profit and they are making a major impact in our own community by partnering with Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity and others around the world. Thrivent Financial is that kind of company that backs up their commitment with dollars to transform the lives of people needing a hand-up, not a hand-out.    

Thrivent Financial continues to partner with us and has an impressive history with Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity. They have provided major funding contributions towards four homes in our past and that continues to transform the lives of each parent and their children through safe, affordable home ownership. This is the life changing legacy that Thrivent Financial is leaving on our community.  

Here are staggering numbers from 2005 through 2015 as they impact the world:

As mind boggling as this is, Thrivent Financial committed to support the churches in Faith Build 2017 by providing  matching funds up to $75,000 and again with another $75,000 for Faith Build 2018 and now 2019. Wow! This is Thrivent’s 7th home sponsorship with us! This is an incredible act of generosity to benefit each and every family. Helping working, low-income families move from substandard, inadequate rental apartments into beautiful home-ownership requires the generosity of others. 

You might not be able to change the world, but you CAN change someone’s world. Would you or your company like to leave a lasting legacy? Call Jeff Barrett at 630-206-5030 to learn more.

If you would like to learn more about Thrivent Financial, please contact Matt Hutchison either by phone at 630-881-5821 or by email at matt.hutchison@thrivent.comHis office is located at 123 W. Washington St., Suite 317, Oswego, IL  60543-8296.

If you would like to learn more about our Faith Build please contact Barb Zegiel at or 630-206-5038.


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