Community Programs and Referrals
Community Library and Computer Lab
The Library (free book exchange & literacy program) and Computer Lab is integral in fulfilling St. Francis’ mission in that it provides a place that builds connections to the community. This is done through social and educational activities which build community capacity, and works to address the cycle of poverty through education. The Library and Computer Lab serve all age groups (youth through the elderly) in an effort to simultaneously build community connections while delivering much need life-skills training.
Our resident yoga instructor hold free yoga classes several times a month on Wednesday nights that are free to the community. 6:30 pm - 8pm
We regularly provide job readiness training, personal finance classes, guest speakers, and mentoring. If we are currently not in session, we provide the resources for neighborhood residents to contact participating partners who can also help.
Community clean up days, maintaining green space, planting a rain garden, growing vegetables and flowers in our raised garden beds, are just some of the activities we do. Neighborhood residents work together to improve the community not only in an effort to beautify, but to increase community pride, solidarity, and work to curb violence and drugs. Furthermore, the Green Machine aims to educate neighborhood residents and provide resources needed to create a healthy and sustainable environment within the community.
This is operated by the NA branch of Baltimore City. The Center provides space and resources to facilitate this program. Meetings take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 6 pm to 8 pm in the center. They are confidential and are led by trained and committed volunteers who have completed the program themselves. Participants are supported throughout this process in a safe and understanding environment free from judgment and prejudice.
Pot Luck Dinners
Currently St. Francis holds quarterly pot lucks that provide an opportunity for all residents to socialize. On average, 50 residents from all over the neighborhood come and break bread together. Building a sense of community through food and drink is a tried and true method of nourishing the mind, body, and soul.
Corpus Christi Grocery Bag Program
Once a week on Mondays, Corpus Christi Catholic Church distributes groceries from the Center. They provide residents the opportunity for a free bag of groceries. Being a resident in Reservoir Hill is required, and providing an ID. (9 am - 11 am)
Resident Dr. Denise Bailey-Jones meets in the Center every month with neighborhood teens teaching leadership and character building skills. They do activities, take field trips, participate in social justice activities in the City, and promote literacy.
Love and Liberty Ministries, Inc.
A new partner to the St. Francis Neighborhood Center, Love & Liberty Ministries now offers prayer services every Sunday at the Center. Love & Liberty Ministries is a Christian church that is a welcoming and safe for all. http://www.loveandlibertyministries.com/
Reservoir Hill Resource Fair and Music Festival
Reservoir Hill residents have historically had limited access to education, healthcare and food resources due to the low numbers of medical practices, clinics, hospitals and food retailers in the neighborhood. The resource fair was created in 2006 to bring these much needed resources to the Reservoir Hill neighborhood but over time has grown into so much more including live music, fun activities for kids, food trucks and local craft vendors. Today the fair brings thousands of Baltimore City residents, as well as Reservoir Hill neighbors, together for a day of fun, music, food and celebration. This is always held the first Saturday in August. Videos that emphasize the festival can be found at the following links.
Please call United Way's 211 or see the this document for services such as emergency housing, BGE payment assistance and more.