August 8, 2018
Westminster, Maryland—Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County recently held the Kick-Off Celebration for their latest rehab project. The Kick-Off was at American Legion Post 31 located at 2 Sycamore St. in Westminster. Following a short ceremony, guests were invited to tour the home at 164 S Court St., Westminster. Approximately 75 members of the public attended the ceremony.
Single mother Natasha Elizabeth, and her six year old son, Braxton, were selected into the Habitat program. They will earn sweat equity hours by working alongside volunteers during the rehab of their home and completing home ownership classes. By the closing, they will have completed more than 250 volunteer “sweat equity” hours. The Elizabeth family will be responsible for paying a zero-interest loan to Habitat for the purchase of this home. The monthly mortgage payments will be under $700.00 and will help fund future Habitat homes.
“This is an exciting time for our organization, and we are so happy to be creating an opportunity for a hard working Carroll County family. This is an awesome opportunity for a family to have a hand up, not a hand out. We carefully selected our Partner Family and they will work alongside our volunteers to rehabilitate this home” says Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County Executive Director Bryan Lyburn. “We are grateful to all of our donors and volunteers who helped make this possible.”
More than $100,000 must be raised for each Habitat home built in our county. Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County would like to thank our premiere sponsors; State Farm, Bank of America, and BB&T and acknowledge our additional sponsors for their generous support of this home.
“Helping to build a Habitat home is an extremely rewarding experience,” says Dwayne Redd, State Farm Public Affairs Specialist. “This partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County provides a helping hand to good neighbors who would like to share in the American dream of homeownership. Any time we can stand shoulder to shoulder with the family, the Habitat organization, and the community, it’s a great day!”
Ryan Dudash adds, “At BB&T we run our bank with a clear mission – to make the communities in which we work better places to be. This also aligns with Habitat’s mission perfectly. It’s an honor and a privilege to join forces with Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County for the 2018 Habitat House.”
The rehabilitation of the home will take place this summer and fall. This will be the 7th home that Habitat has completed in the past 4 years in Carroll County.
“At Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County we make the connection between shelter and poverty alleviation”, said Stephanie Averett, Director of Development for Habitat. She added, “In addition to the benefit for the family, the community realizes substantial benefits from Habitat homes. The homes can be a catalyst for neighbors to clean up and beautify existing properties, creating more of a community environment in which families take pride. Affordable housing also gives families more available income to contribute to the growth of the local economy. Many Habitat homeowners invest their savings from monthly housing costs for additional education and training which will increase their earning potential. ”
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County builds with people in need regardless of race or religion. To learn more about this story, contact Stephanie Averett at 410-751-7722.