Office ofAlumni and Constituent Relations

Building Lives of Service

Over the past three months, Pacific Lutheran University, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Tacoma Pierce County Habitat for Humanity worked together to build a home in The Woods at Golden Given, a 30-home sustainable-design housing community located approximately one and a half miles from the PLU campus. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans contributed a generous $55,000 toward the project while Tacoma Pierce County Habitat for Humanity fronted $35,000. PLU raised $10,000 through fundraisers and generous donations from students, staff, faculty alumni and friends of the university.

During the build, over 235 volunteered at the site. Ranging from first-year students and administrative leaders and sports teams to residence hall wing-mates, PLU volunteers contributed nearly 1,500 volunteer hours toward the build.

In January, the Dianna Sullivan ’13 will move into the home with her husband David and their two children Mason and Callie. “(My father) pushed home a dream of owning your own home and now I feel like I got to fulfill his dream…I am the only one out of the three children that will be purchasing my own home and now I feel like I am taking his legacy and fulfilling that dream.” As of Saturday, Dianne is a graduate of PLU’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. The Sullivan’s have committed 500 hours of sweat equity toward the construction of their home. 

PLU’s work with Habitat for Humanity is far from over. This spring, PLU’s Habitat for Humanity chapter will emerge on campus with new energy and vision. Four faculty members from several departments will incorporate community-based projects in the Woods at Golden Givens site into their courses next semester.  PLU is excited to stay connected with this development, which is expected to be home to 30 families (100 children and youth) by the end of 2015. To learn more about how you can be involved with Habitat for Humanity, please email or click here.