In the late spring of 2015, shortly after the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, EHC was approached by Roberta’s House Inc., a community-based bereavement and grief counseling center. Roberta’s House wanted EHC to explore the feasibility of constructing a facility that could serve as a beacon of hope and place of recovery for the children and families of victims of Baltimore’s extraordinarily high crime rate.
This new community center is approximately 18,000 square feet and offers a wide range of programming for children aged 5-17 and their families. The three-story complex provides a variety of spaces for therapy, reflection, meeting, and diversion. It also includes a ninety-seat theater and a roof garden. With a full-time staff of ten and an active volunteer base of over one hundred, the center is well placed to provide grief counseling and other services to the community. Construction began in September 2019 and opened to the community in December 2020.