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Thank you

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! You probably have plans for a family gathering that day. Maybe you have a shopping agenda for Black Friday. You may be eager to begin the following week by visiting your favorite stores online on Cyber Monday. Then what?

Giving Tuesday is where the real spirit of the holiday season begins. We hope you'll consider a donation to Hampden Family Center when you open your heart and your wallet on Tuesday, November 28. Ways to give include:

  • make an online donation
  • make a purchase from our wishlist
  • Subscribe to our email at the bottom of the website to stay up-to-date on our programs and events

Taste of Hampden - A Huge Success!

Hampden Family Center would like to extend a huge thank you for a wonderfully successful Taste of Hampden 2017! Special thanks to the 23 vendors that participated this year:

Participating restaurants:

  • 13.5% Wine Bar
  • Arthouse
  • Asian Taste
  • Blue Pit BBQ
  • Café Hon
  • Center Cut Doughnuts
  • Common Ground
  • Daniela’s Pasta and Pastries
  • Five and Dime Ale House
  • Frazier’s on The Avenue
  • Golden West Café
  • Harmony Bakery
  • Holy Frijoles
  • Luigi’s Italian Deli
  • Rocket to Venus
  • SweetSide Café
  • The Avenue Kitchen
  • The Charmery
  • The Corner Charcuterie
  • The Food Market
  • The Wine Source
  • Wicked Sisters

Taste was a tremendous success due in no small part to the big hearts of the local establishments that joined us at The Ideal Arts Space for an evening of exceptional food and lots of fun. We’re also very grateful to Libby Francis of The Modest Florist for providing beautiful Fall arrangements and to David Wells at The Wine Source for generously stocking the bar. And, the auction drew quite a crowd with signed Baltimore Orioles items and graciously donated gifts from Hampden merchants.

 This year, we sold a record number of tickets—around 400 in total. From lamb chops and crab cakes, to delicious pasta and pastries, we tasted all of Hampden’s finest and mingled among friends new and old. 

 Your support is essential to the Center’s operations, and allows us to continue serving the Hampden community. It was a huge success because of all of you!

Calling All Christmas Angels

Christmas Angels

The holidays are quickly approaching! Make a child’s Christmas sparkle by signing up to be a Christmas angel. We’ll provide you with their wish list, and by simply purchasing a few things, you can make their Christmas dreams come true. Call the Center for more information. 410-467-8710.

Enjoying our new space!

Six months later and with a whole new look the Hampden Family Center’s renovation is complete. For more than a month we have been delivering programs and services in the newly renovated Family Center and everyone is loving our new space and its elevator! The new Center is complete with energy-saving technology, multiple offices for benefits assistance and services, brand new classrooms for GED and computer classes, and a wonderful space for our summer enrichment and after-school programs. We are very grateful to our Capital Campaign Co-Chairs; John Kemp and Bob Schaefer who rallied the forces in our fundraising efforts and to the many foundations and individuals who supported the campaign.

Programs and Services

Senior Luncheon

senior luncheonThe next Senior Luncheon is Friday, November 17, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. In addition to sharing a hot meal with friends you can play a few rounds of Bingo. Senior Lunches are free, but advance registration is required as seating is limited. Please call on the first of the month to register.


Adult Education

Adult educationGet your GED – Classes are held at the Family Center Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Fall semester classes are in session. Contact Strong City Baltimore (3503 N. Charles St.) at 410-261-3500 for information about registering for the winter session, which will begin Tuesday, January 16.

Life Balance/Weight Management Program

This 16-week series of classes focuses on helping participants to make healthy lifestyle changes. These lifestyle changes have been known to decrease the risk of diseases, such as stroke and heart disease, and is particularly aimed at reversing type 2 diabetes. The program is facilitated by a registered nurse/coach who will help support participants to make positive health changes. The curriculum for this program is from the "National Diabetes Prevention Program." The program is currently in session. Call 855-546-2105 for more information. Cost: Free.

Fitness for 50+

fitness for 50+

Get into shape with an exercise class for those 50 and older! Led by a trained professional from MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, this one-hour, low-impact aerobics and strength training class is held every every Tuesday 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

WIC (Women, Infants, Children)


If you have children 5 years and younger and/or if you're pregnant or 6 months postpartum, please visit our new location and speak with Rhonda from WIC. By appointment only – please call 410-614-4848. WIC is on site the second Thursday of the each month 9 a.m–5 p.m. Next Appt: Dec. 14

Benefit Assistance

If you need a little help with your gas or electric bill, stop by the Family Center and speak with Domonique who can help you apply for energy assistance. Domonique will be on site Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call 410-467-8710 to make an appointment.

Seedco EarnBenefits

Need assistance in attaining such benefits as: food stamps, healthcare, and utilities support and tax credits? To make an appointment with Ashley, call 410-467-8710. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

About the center

On June 10, 1995, the Hampden Family Center became fully operational, providing services to any Hampden resident. Learn more about how the center started.

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