St. Francis Neighborhood Center


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St. Francis Neighborhood Center


St. Francis Neighborhood Center’s mission is to end generational poverty in the Reservoir Hill and Penn North neighborhoods of West Baltimore through education, inspiring self-esteem, self-improvement, and strengthening connections within the community. The Center is a 501(c)3 community-based organization, founded in 1963; it is independent of any church affiliation. Today, the Center is part of the positive transformation in a community that was once only known for its high crime rate. Due to its unwavering dedication, the Center has become an iconic presence within the community. St. Francis operates award-winning, year-round youth programs, family engagement nights, parenting classes, food distribution programs, space for Narcotics Anonymous and community meetings, enrichment activities, personal and professional development workshops for the community, and an annual Resource Fair – all at no cost to residents.

Project Description
Episcopal Housing Corporation has partnered with St. Francis on the renovation and expansion of the Center. The Center operates in a historically significant, 125-year old home that was at one time the boyhood home of clothier Joseph A. Banks and is long overdue for expansion and renovation to meet the evolving community demand. St. Francis has undertaken a $4,000,000 capital campaign to make the renovation and expansion of the Center a reality. The capital project will encompass the renovation of the existing 3,000 sq. ft. building, upgrading systems and functionality while preserving and restoring the architectural features that make the building unique. The expansion will involve the construction of a new 9,800 sq. ft. addition. Once complete, the Center will be able to serve 175-200 students per year, in their award-winning after-school and summer programs. Additionally, the Center will continue to provide community space for myriad uses, including neighborhood association meetings, food distribution, narcotics anonymous, and much more. Design and funding commitments are in the latter stages with construction slated to begin in the fall of 2018.