Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake & Harkins Builders, Inc. Hold Ceremonial Groundbreaking for New Home in North Baltimore’s Woodbourne-McCabe Neighborhood 

On Friday, October 15, 2020, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake held a ceremonial groundbreaking in the North Baltimore neighborhood of Woodbourne- McCabe. The project will be undertaken in cooperation with Harkins Builders, Inc. 

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake CEO Mike Posko and Harkins President and CEO Garofalo were joined by Habitat staff, community leaders, and the soon to be homeowners. 

“We can’t thank Harkins enough for their partnership and taking lead on this project. It’s impossible for Habitat for Humanity to build homes on our own. We rely on companies like Harkins for both their construction expertise and financial support. Harkins has been a generous supporter of our work in the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood and has helped lay the groundwork for dozens of homes aiding in the completion of 770 homes throughout Central Maryland,” says Mike Posko

Located at 504 McCabe Avenue in the Greater Govans area, the single-family home will include three- bedrooms, two-bathrooms, and is on track to be completed in the Spring of 2021.

“You can see our family and our littles ones and we want a place for them to grow. We appreciate Habitat and Harkins being a part of building that dream. We hope to have a place for them to grow for a long time. We can’t say thank you enough” said Salih, whose family is matched to the property.

The project launch represents Habitat Chesapeake’s commitment to the neighborhood which began in 2012 when the non-profit committed to renovate a projected 25 homes.

Since work began, residents have taken initiative to improve green spaces, build relationships with elected representatives and local organizations such as the York Road Partnership, and have derelict buildings demolished. The community was featured as one of Baltimore City’s “Neighborhoods on the Rise” by Live Baltimore, with home values increasing four-fold since 2015.

Habitat Chesapeake’s work in Woodbourne-McCabe will be one of three areas of emphasis in the coming years. Other areas of focus include up to 16 homes in the East Baltimore neighborhood of Milton-Montford, Belair-Edison, and 27 new homes in homes in Orchard Ridge, located in Northeast Baltimore.

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About Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake (www.habitatchesapeake.org) brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Since 1982, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake has built more than 770 homes in 18 communities, providing a brighter future for 2,700 children and family members. Homeownership is proven to transform lives – improving health, increasing children’s chances of academic success and offering an opportunity to build wealth across generations. Likewise, homeownership enhances neighborhoods by bringing tangible investment, engaged, long-term residents, rising property values and a sense of community.

About Harkins Builders, Inc.


Founded in 1965, Harkins is an employee-owned construction company serving clients engaged in the development of multifamily, commercial, and government projects. The leader in the markets it serves, Harkins credits its success to the shared values that guide the company’s work and relationships. Harkins exists to improve people’s lives in the marketplace, communities, and within its company. In the marketplace, it works to provide a project experience that exceeds expectations and creates a lasting bond of trust and confidence. In communities, Harkins’ employees build with end-users in mind, and give their time, talent, and resources to help those who are less fortunate. Within the company, Harkins’ culture of quality and ownership fuels the passion for exceptional work and creates financial security.

Top: Harkins Project Manager Walt Whitlow reviews blueprint for the new build at 504 McCabe Avenue. Bottom: Harkins President and CEO Gary Garofalo pictured on the far left with the family matched to the new home and Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake CEO Mike Posko. Photos by Braden Event Photography.