Catholic Charities - $10 Million
With 80 programs serving more than 160,000 people annually, Catholic Charities is the face of care and compassion for people most in need in our archdiocese and the largest private provider of human services in the State of Maryland. Catholic Charities is committed to addressing social issues and the needs of those less fortunate, regardless of their faith.
In its constant dedication to creating a just society, Catholic Charities has identified specific priorities that will enhance the effectiveness of its mission to improve the lives of Marylanders in need.
Secure capital needed to complete the consolidation of St. Vincent's Villa
Catholic Charities has for decades provided residential treatment for children with serious mental health needs at Villa Maria and residential care for abused and neglected children at St. Vincent's Center. Catholic Charities is now in the final phase of consolidating both residential programs at St. Vincent's Villa. This new program is a state-of-the-art complex with individual rooms for each child, as well as a group activity space including a gym, pool, arts and crafts room, and chapel. Funding would provide for the construction of an appropriate capacity kitchen, laundry facility, and necessary offices to provide services for children and their families.
Improve Head Start facilities in the city
St. Jerome's Head Start provides comprehensive child and family development services to over 325 low-income children and their families in south and southwest Baltimore. The services are intended to enhance life for entire families. Offering include a wide range of early intervention and school readiness services for preschool children, as well as parenting classes, and educational and employment readiness programs for their parents. Grandparents are welcome and encouraged to participate in the educational lives of their grandchildren as well. Funding would provide for an upgraded, more efficient facility, enhancing educational opportunities for the children and their families.
Expand rehabilitation services and elder-centric are at the Jenkins Campus
As the population of seniors increases, there is a growing need for quality rehabilitation services that hasten seniors' return to their homes. At the same time, there is demand for more elder-centric at the skilled nursing level. Funding would provide the shifting, renovation, and expansion of space to make additional rehabilitation services available to both the residents of the entire Jenkins Campus and the local community in southwest Baltimore. Funding also would support the development of additional skilled nursing care based on the person-centered philosophy of living already established at The Neighborhoods at St. Elizabeth's Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on the Jenkins Campus.
Fund increased services at the Esperanza Center
The Esperanza Center in Fells Point provides a wide array of services for Baltimore's immigrant population including extensive referral services, English language classes, legal services, and health care services. The Health Care Center has recently adopted a Volunteer in Medicine Clinic model that will, along with other offerings, increase the number of individuals and families who need the welcome and assistance that the Esperanza Center provides. Last year, the entire Center had more than 15,000 client interactions.