From 2002 through 2009, the Carroll County Habitat for Humanity built two homes for low-income families in the county. This year, the organization plans to complete its Union Crossing project in Westminster, which includes five new townhomes for families in need.
"This is the biggest year ever in terms of serving our mission," Habitat Executive Director Bryan Lyburn said Monday.
He added that it is a "monumental time" for the organization.
Habitat hopes to have five families selected for the Union Crossing project within the next 30 days and if everything goes as scheduled, families will be moving in to their new townhomes by Thanksgiving, he said.
Union Crossing, located near the intersection of Union Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Westminster, is a project by the city and the Episcopal Housing Corporation to provide housing for low-income city residents. The groundbreaking for the project was in 2010.
Four town homes have already been built on the site and with a recently received grant for more than $550,000, five more homes are planned to complete the project.
Lyburn, the only full-time staff member with Habitat, has been the group's executive director for the past 18 months.
On Thursday, Maggie's Restaurant in Westminster will host a fundraiser that is "an exciting one" for Habitat, he said.
"This early in our development, every one is important," Lyburn said of the event. "Some of our work is still getting the word out that we're available."
From noon to 10 p.m. Thursday, Maggie's will donate 10 percent of all its sales, including carryout orders, to Habitat. An iPad will also be given out around lunchtime and 50/50 drawings will be held every 90 minutes.
"I'm happy to be a part of helping them do what they're doing to make sure they are giving back to the community," Maggie's owner Jim Breuer said.
Breuer said Maggie's regularly hosts fundraisers for community organizations.
"It's just the nature of my business," he said. "It's what I like to do."
Funds raised through the event will go to expanding Habitat's operations within the community, Lyburn said.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun