Our 2015 habitat house is now completely built. 
We had the key passing ceremony at noon on November 12th
 in the Hudson Hills Habitat Subdivision in W. Asheville.

This is Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s eighth Thrivent Builds House. “Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity” is an alliance between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity International. The alliance brings together the financial, volunteer and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial and Lutheran churches to build Habitat homes. 

The partnering Lutheran churches are: Abiding Savior, Lutheran Church of the Nativity, Emmanuel, and St. Mark’s, with additional support from St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.


“The apartment we live in is old and moldy and the kids get sick often. If given the opportunity to live in a Habitat house, our lives would be much better. Our children would have a place where they could go outside, have fun, and enjoy fresh air.” ~ from Ion & Natalya Hodoroaba’s application letter.

Originally from Moldova, Ion and Natalya have lived in the Asheville area since 2010. For over five years, Ion has worked as a forklift driver for Carolina Transportation. Natalya stays at home to raise the children. They have a son and daughter, ages 3 and 2, and a newborn baby girl. The family currently lives in 2-bedroom apartment in Leicester where the rent is very high and the environment is unsafe and unhealthy. Mold and poor insulation have resulted in frequent illnesses for the children, and the home has no nearby outside play area. In addition, the family has outgrown the apartment: the son and daughter already share a bedroom, and the baby, while joyfully welcomed by the family, has increased the crowded conditions.This family has embraced the opportunity to become a Partner Family with Asheville Area Habitat. They look forward to completing their sweat equity requirements and are thrilled about the opportunity to live in a Habitat neighborhood. The Hodoroabas’ 4-bedroom/2-bath home is located in Habitat’s Hudson Hills subdivision in West Asheville.