Bon Secours Community Resource Center
Bon Secours Youth Development Center
Bon Secours Community Works and Kaiser Permanente have joined to form Future Baltimore and have contracted with Episcopal Housing to redevelop a long-vacant library building located in the Southwest neighborhood of Boyd-Booth. Community Works is a nonprofit subsidiary of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System. Kaiser Permanente is a national healthcare consortium with both non-profit and for-profit concerns. In July of 2018, Future Baltimore was awarded the Secretary’s Award for Public-Private Partnership by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, one of only 10 such awards nationwide.
Bon Secours Community Works and Bon Secours Hospital are in the heart of southwest Baltimore—less than a mile from the epicenter of the April 2015 Uprising after Freddie Gray’s death. Immediately after the unrest, the Bon Secours Health System executive and fundraising teams committed organizational resources and garnered support from other local entities to triple investment in youth and young adult services. The goal is to provide expanded services based on the needs West Baltimore residents have emphatically expressed: youth development and jobs. Seizing on this opportunity to meet a long-standing need, EHC and Community Works formed a partnership to redevelop a vacant, City-owned library located at 31 S. Payson Street, just two blocks south of Bon Secours Hospital and a few blocks west of Community Works. In 2017 Kaiser Permanente came on board to provide financial and technical assistance. Kaiser Permanente brings with them an internationally recognized brand and an unprecedented level of visibility.
The Community Resource Center will respond to an overwhelming need for youth programs in the Southwest Baltimore community, by providing programs for both out of school youth, up to age 24, and youth in school. Daytime programming, during school hours, will include services such as workforce training and GED classes for the many youths who are not in school but need job training and skills development to move into gainful employment. The after-school programming will include partnerships with six area elementary and middle schools and will focus on educational, artistic and recreational opportunities for the youth of the surrounding communities. It is estimated that with the addition of the Community Resource Development Center, Community Works will work with over 8,000 individuals per year, tripling the number of West Baltimore residents Community Works serves.