The Sage Center

Sage Center, housed in a former Catholic school in East Baltimore, opened its doors in September of 2016. Owned and managed by the Family Recovery Program, the Center provides two and three bedroom apartments as well as program space for client families.

Project Description

In 2013 EHC was approached by The Family Recovery Program. FRP is a nonprofit that seeks to reunite families whose children have been placed in court ordered foster care due to substance abuse issues. Of the many hurdles these families face, finding a place to live is one of the most daunting. Many have criminal records, poor or no credit, and low incomes. Additionally, in order to participate in the Family Recovery Program, client families must attend a variety of classes and group meetings to ensure that they remain drug and alcohol free and that they develop the life skills necessary to become fully self-supporting.

To facilitate all of the above, the Family Recovery Program and EHC partnered with city and state officials and area residents and, with substantial effort, negotiated the purchase of the former St. Katharine’s Catholic School at 1209 Rose St. in East Baltimore. The 28,000 sq. ft. classroom building was renovated to provide a comprehensive living and program space for client families. The three above ground floors were converted into 24 two and three bedroom apartments. The basement level was reserved for classrooms, program areas, administration and community/conference space. Family Recovery Program staff provide 24 hour security and intensive case management to ensure the success of client families. Staff also connects client families with additional services as needed including healthcare, transportation, and job placement.

• Clients of the Family Recovery Program are more than 1.5 times more likely to achieve permanent reunification than non-FRP families.
• On average, children in families served by the FRP spend almost 100 fewer days in non-kinship foster care.
• Parents in the Family Recovery Program are twice as likely to complete substance abuse treatment.
• On average FRP parents spend 1.5 times more days in treatment than non-FRP parents.

These items combine to save the child welfare system an average of $5,022 per family served for a total net savings of just over $1,000,000 per year.

Construction began in November of 2015 and the grand opening was held on September 12, 2016. With programming and residence now under one roof it is expected that outcomes for client families will improve dramatically.

Owner | The Family Recovery Program

Architect | Marks Thomas Architects

Contractor | Southway Builders, Inc.