After a feasibility study with community members, supporters, partners, and volunteers, the Count of Me Campaign for St. Francis was created. All the ideas and care around this project came from listening and engaging with all groups listed above. The result is going to be an investment in the neighborhood that will continue to make impact towards the mission to end generational poverty through education. We hope you will be a part of this transformation in West Baltimore. It is going to take all of us!
“When I think about the issues on my block in Reservoir Hill and I see the Center on the corner of Linden and Whitelock Streets, it gives me hope that our neighborhood kids will get another layer of support to keep them from slipping through the cracks.” --Reservoir Hill resident
St. Francis Neighborhood Center is at the heart of creating positive social change for underserved people living in Reservoir Hill, West Baltimore
For more than 50 years St. Francis Neighborhood Center has been providing community services, and character and education enrichment programs to the neediest children and families in Reservoir Hill, West Baltimore. The Center was founded in 1963 by Father Tom Composto, a Jesuit priest who moved into the original center and stayed the rest of his life, devoting himself to the poor.
From these humble beginnings, The Center has grown into a long-standing icon on the corner of Whitelock and Linden Streets, known best for its ability to provide solutions to ending generational poverty in the area through education, service delivery and community connections. The Center is active with the over 20 neighborhood coalitions, partnerships, and countless community organizations.
The Center has been the only community organization in Reservoir Hill to expand its programming to meet the growing needs of a large and diverse community during these times of economic and social turmoil.
Today, The Center touches more than 40,000 individuals per year in Reservoir Hill, and award-winning programs have helped to improve grades and self-esteem of Baltimore City School children who attend the afterschool and summer school programs. We can do even more.
Our historic four-story townhouse limits our ability to serve more children and to provide additional programming to fulfill the ever-evolving community need. That’s why the Board of Directors has approved a capital fundraising campaign, Count on Me for St. Francis Neighborhood Center, a testimony for those who care about the Center and the quality of life for underserved people moving forward in Reservoir Hill.
Our total goal is to raise $4 million in 2 years to add classrooms, an art studio, a kitchen/cafe, greening projects, multipurpose space, expanded media lab and library.
Once complete, we expect to serve 200 children in our education programs, an increase of 100% enrollment.
We invite you to be a part of this transformational change. Can we count on you to join us in achieving this milestone for Reservoir Hill and West Baltimore?
About The Project
Phase I: Repair: The first phase of the project will involve building repairs of the existing structure to the attic, roof, and basement to improve the space for our current indoor learning environment.
Phase II: Renovation and Expansion: The second phase of the project will expand the existing structure from 6,000 square feet to at least 12,000 square feet. Additional space will allow the Center to serve 200 children, an increase from 100 children served today.
St. Francis Neighborhood Center (EIN# 52-0968759) has been the beacon of hope in Reservoir Hill for families living at and below poverty for over 50 years. We are now poised to build toward the future for another half century. We want you to join us.
Invest in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood by supporting this major capital project for the community today. We appreciate your thoughtful consideration and support to secure and strengthen St. Francis Neighborhood Center to serve individuals, children, and families who are the heartbeat of our programs.
Ways You Can Make A Difference
By check - Please make checks payable to: St. Francis Neighborhood Center, 2405 Linden Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Attention: Christi Green, Executive Director
By phone - please call us at 410-870-9670. Ask us about donating gifts of stock.
Online - Fill out the form above.
All the children and patrons who are connected to the Center join us in thanking you for your support. Together we can count on each other to build up Reservoir Hill and improve the quality life for all residents.
For more information, contact Campaign Manager Angela Wheeler, firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-692-7902.
Contributions are tax-deductible.