Neil A. MacDonald Community Fund
We are excited to announce a new fund to support the Hampden Family Center—the Neil A. MacDonald Community Fund — in honor of his 42-year career with MedStar Health and unwavering commitment to the Hampden Family Center.
Neil’s vision and extraordinary commitment helped lay the groundwork to ensure that the Center’s capacity for service will continue to grow and benefit Hampden and its most vulnerable residents for years to come. Neil’s colleagues have already raised over $10,000 in recognition of his service to the community. Please join us in celebrating Neil!
Here for Hampden. Here for Good.
Tuesdays at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Gentle stretching and strengthening exercise, all done while sitting in a chair.
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Low-impact aerobic exercise, followed by strengthening and stretching. Light weights and exercise bands are optional. This class can be done while sitting in a chair.
Thursdays at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Twenty minutes of low-impact standing exercise followed by 50 minutes of floor yoga.
Register by contacting Debbie Bena at 410-274-0446 (you will receive the Zoom link after registering).
National Alliance on Mental Illness
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
Family Support Group
Open to any family member whose loved one lives with a mental health condition.
Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Register here
Young Adult Connection Support Group
Open to any adult (18-39) who lives with a mental health condition.
Second and fourth Wednesdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Register here
On Friday, June 11 we hosted a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in partnership with MedStar Health and the Baltimore City Health Department. 31 people were vaccinated; every dose was used! We are extremely thankful to bring this resource into our community, and reduce the barriers that many of our clients and families have faced on their path to getting vaccinated. A healthier future awaits!
Remaining accessible to our most vulnerable neighbors
Since May 8, 2020, Hampden Family Center has coordinated food and essential item distributions every Friday at noon. We have received incredible fresh produce deliveries from Civic Works Real Food Farm, and produce, milk and protein coordinated by City Harbor Church & YWAM Baltimore throughout this time. These fresh, nutritious foods make all the difference in our community.
It has been our goal to remain accessible to our most vulnerable neighbors, who often do not have a consistent address or working phone, who need us now more than ever. These distributions have also allowed us to continue case management and socially distanced follow-ups. We serve about 40 individuals and households each week through our distribution, but the need is growing.
If you’d like to donate items, or know someone who needs assistance applying for food stamps, medical assistance, energy assistance, stimulus checks, WIC, tax credits etc., please call us at 410-467-8710. We’re staying connected, despite the distance.If you have items to drop off at the Center, please call us at 410-467-8710 to arrange a convenient time. We are in need of the following:
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush + paste
- Soap + wash cloth
- Feminine hygiene items
- Can openers
- Water bottles (reusable)
- Peanut butter
- Fruit cups
- Canned chicken or tuna
- Granola bars
Adapted Services during COVID-19
The Center is open Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm and by appointment. Call us if you have questions about our programs or services!
- Staff can be reached by calling the main line: 410-467-8710.
- We hold distributions on Fridays at noon of essential items and nutritious foods for 40 individuals and families each week. No sign up necessary.
- Case management continues remotely and by appointment. Call to schedule an appointment.
- We continue to serve as a mailing address for those experiencing homelessness or in need of a reliable address.
- The Center has joined a coalition of local service providers, including Action in Maturity (AIM), Keswick and St. Mary’s Outreach Center, to coordinate food distributions and case management to older adults in Hampden.
- Counseling referrals to Springboard Community Services are available directly from the Center. Call us today.
- Legal assistance is provided via partnership with Maryland Legal Aid. Call us today for a referral.
- We receive regular policy and program updates from the Baltimore City Department of Human Services. If you have questions about current benefits or other programs, please call us.
- We are connecting clients to our incredible community partners who can provide additional services.
Maryland Legal Aid Community Lawyering Initiative
The Hampden Family Center has partnered with Maryland Legal Aid’s Community Lawyering Initiative to connect you to free civil legal services! Are you not sure how to deal with a landlord issue? Do you have questions about unemployment benefits? Contact the Center to complete a quick screening and for a direct referral to an attorney.
Maryland Legal Aid attorneys are here to provide one-on-one advice by phone and e-mail on a variety of civil legal issues including:
- Child Custody & Support
- Debt Collection
- Government Benefits
- Veterans’ Benefits
- Unemployment Benefits
Are you looking for counseling, but not sure where to start? Hampden Family Center is pleased to announce its partnership with Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland. Call the Center at 410-467-8710 for more information and to schedule an appointment to complete a referral form.
Springboard Community Services (formerly Family & Children Services) is partnering with Hampden Family Center to provide individual and family counseling services for community residents. In-person and Telehealth appointments are now available, please contact the Center for a referral. Medicaid is accepted.
Get help with Food Stamps, Tax Credits, Government Cell Phones and other benefits for which you may be eligible.
- Study Buddy and After-School Enrichment programs provide opportunities to work with children on a regular basis (commitment is once a week or more).
- Senior Luncheons, offered monthly, provide an opportunity to serve lunch and mingle with seniors.
Volunteers must be 16 or older. For more details, contact Lisa Ghinger at email@example.com.
25 Years of Support, Comfort and Hope
In these unsettling and worrisome times, people turn to us. Knowing the Hampden Family Center is still a phone call away is of great comfort to many, particularly our most vulnerable clients. We are continually modifying programs and expanding our partnerships to best support the changing needs of the community.
As we begin our next 25 years of service, our work is now more critical than ever, and we’d love for you to join us. Please give what you can today.
The Family Center follows Baltimore City Public Schools for inclement weather closings and delays.
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“The Center is a great place that has really been there for me, helping me find the benefits I needed to get back on my feet.” — William
“We love the Senior Luncheons! We are able to meet up with friends from around the neighborhood as well as meet new ones.” — Kenny & Peaches
“My dad came here when he was a kid and learned how to skateboard. Now my brother and I come here after school and do our homework or just play with friends.” — Hayden
“The Hampden Family Center wellness program has brought balance into my life. In addition to exercise, I’m learning about healthy food choices and the importance of getting plenty of rest.” — JoAnna
“The Hampden Family Center is here for the community. I’m taking the computer class, which teaches word processing and the internet. This has helped me stay in touch with friends and family.” — Joyce
“The Center’s exercise program for seniors is helping me with my flexibility and overall wellness, which helps me continue to live on my own.” — Paul
“I like coming to the Hampden Family Center after school because they have different things to do.There is always a fun activity planned for us.” — Sophia
“The Senior Exercise Program is helping me manage my diabetes while making friends and having fun.” — Donnamae
“The Hampden Family Center was there for me when times were tough, connecting me to benefits and helping me keep the heat on.” — Sharon
“My parents work, so I come to the Center after school. I like that I can hang out with my friends and we can work on projects together.” — Luka