The Club at Collington Square
Owner | Roberta’s House Inc.
Architect | Penza + Bailey Architects
Established in 2001, “The Club” provides after school and summer programming for 90 children between the ages of 6 and 14 in the Collington Square neighborhood of East Baltimore. The Club offers both academic and arts programs and provides a safe space for kids growing up in a challenging environment. Their mission is to help shape strong, respectful and successful youth in spite of the myriad challenges posed by the environment in which they live. Additionally, the Collington Square neighborhood is home to most of the staff of The Club providing jobs, stability and a stake in the success of the children, the organization and the community.
In 2008 Episcopal Housing Corporation partnered with Episcopal Community Services of Maryland to create the space that currently houses The Club. The project involved combining four previously vacant rowhouses into one interconnected facility for both programming and administration. In 2013 a 1500 square foot addition was added to the rear of the building to create a teaching kitchen for adults seeking employment in the foodservice industry.
In early 2017 Episcopal Community Services decided to step back from the daily operation of community programs including the The Club and began seeking an organization to take over. EHC assisted in the search and, on October 1, Strong City Baltimore assumed management of The Club at Collington Square. The benefits of this change are twofold. Strong City Baltimore is an established non-profit with a long history program management which bodes well for the future of The Club. Additionally, it gives Strong City a footprint in the Collington Square area of East Baltimore as they begin to work towards moving their administrative offices into the historic Hoen Building close by.