Zion Lutheran Church Home and Health Closet recently received a $5,000 "Lutheran Community Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need" challenge grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. The funding was awarded to the Home & Health Closet based on its effectiveness in addressing physical, emotional and /or spiritual needs in the local community such as food, clothing, shelter, fellowship, and care for the sick based on Jesus' words in Matthew 25:35-36.
The Home and Health Closet provides cleaning and personal hygiene products, that food stamps will not cover, at no cost to anyone who needs additional support.
This challenge grant provides that for every dollar raised by Zion Lutheran Church Home and Health Closet from donors by March 31, 2014, the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation will provide an additional 50 cents-up to $5,000-in support of the organization's ministry. All donations will qualify for grant monies, whether the donor is a member of Zion or not. Donations can be sent to WELCA Zion Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 476, Dysart, Iowa 52224.
"We are delighted to assist Zion Lutheran's Home and Health Closet through this grant, said Richard Kleven, vice president of the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. "We trust that this support will strengthen the Home & Health Closet's outreach to those it serves."
Founded in 1982, the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation is a private foundation that operates exclusively for charitable, educational and religious purposes. It supports the health and vitality of the Lutheran community, the Fox Cities of Wisconsin and the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Grants are provided for projects and missions that reflect Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' charitable interests. The primary charitable interest of the foundation is assisting nonprofit organizations and those they serve in achieving economic security and sustainability. To learn more about the foundation and its programs, please visit: www.thrivent.com/foundations.