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A night to remember

Friends of the Franciscan Center gathered at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Baltimore on Sept. 28 for the 2nd Annual Voices from the Heart Gala — a celebration of the people who built and supported the Franciscan Center over the past 45 years as well as those whom the Center has served. The magical […]

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CSA Project ends, Center tallies results

As leaves fall from the trees and cooler weather moves in, the summer growing season at One Straw Farm is winding down. Every Thursday since early June, One Straw Farm supplied 30 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for the Franciscan Center’s Fresh Harvest CSA Project, a first-year initiative that provided Baltimore City residents with free […]

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Center receives 2013 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award

On May 24, 2013, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot presented the Franciscan Center with the Baltimore District 2013 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award. “The William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award recognizes one individual or organization in each county and Baltimore City that exemplifies Governor Schaefer’s lifelong commitment to public service,” Franchot said. Baltimore City Councilman […]

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Center distributes free CSA Shares

The Franciscan Center launched our latest healthy food initiative, the Fresh Harvest CSA Project, at a press conference during United Way’s Families Living United Healthy Foods Week in May. This innovative project is the first of its kind in Baltimore, providing free Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares to 30 Baltimore City residents in need throughout […]

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Baltimore Resident Finds Hope and Dignity

In 2011, Calvin White, Sr.’s world fell apart. His marriage to the woman he loved since junior high school ended and he lost the tip of his index finger during an accident at work. Calvin became severely depressed, and fell back into his old habit – drug use. Pin It

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Journey at Center Comes Full Circle

My “career” at the Franciscan Center began almost 21 years ago. In May of 1992, I walked into the Center to work my first day as a volunteer. I remember it like it was only yesterday. Pin It

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When a Catnap Turns Into a Home

Almost a year ago, Francis wondered into the parking lot and courtyard of the Franciscan Center. Not many people know that there is a lush little spot between Maryland Avenue and Howard Street where the grass is soft and green and there are trees that bloom in the spring and provide shade to the summer […]

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Is the Franciscan Center Baltimore’s Newest Concert Venue?

Maryland songwriter and acoustic guitarist Ken Gutberlet lent his vocal styling and fret-work last Thursday as hundreds of people enjoyed a hot nutritious meal in the Center’s dining room. Pin It

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Baltimore Family Battles Cancer & Poverty

Less than two hundred dollars, the access to partnering programs, and a volunteer to guide the way. That is all it took. Pin It

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Empowering People with Power

Getting the electric back onThe intention of the Franciscan Center is to tell you the real life stories of the community that we serve everyday. Here is a short story about a family, that we were able to assist, with the help from our partners. We hope to share more of these in the coming […]

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