PK Law 2013 Holiday Food Box Program Helps Feed 250 Local Families

For the fifth year in a row, PK Law’s Annual Food Box Program has helped to feed those in need in our local community.  This year 250 food boxes were filled, purchased and delivered to area churches, food banks and shelters over the holidays.

Your generous donations enabled us to donate to the following organizations:

Safe Streets Safe Street is a non-profit organization that offers healthy alternatives to violence and a hopeful future to the city’s youth. Safe Street has partnered with other organizations and community members to bring neighborhoods and individuals together and keep crime off the streets. This organization has different programs on leadership and development and helps build skills among youth and adults through community involvement projects. www.safest.org

The Maryland Coalition of Families – The Maryland Coalition of Families is the statewide voice for children’s behavioral health and is dedicated to building a family-driven network of information and support and improving services in all systems of care for children, youth and their families.  http://www.mdcoalition.org/

The Arc Baltimore – The Arc Baltimore is dedicated to providing advocacy and high quality, life-changing supports since 1949 in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.  The organization supports more than 6,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc has approximately 800 full and part time employees and provides services at seven major facilities and 100+ owned and leased residential sites located in the Baltimore metropolitan area.  As one of the nation’s largest and most respected organizations of its kind, The Arc Baltimore is an indispensable resource, providing employment training and support, residential services, family support and education, treatment foster care, respite care, public policy advocacy, and information and referrals. http://www.arcofbaltimore.org/about_arc_of_baltimore.html

Penn-Mar Human Services – The mission of Penn-Mar Human Services is to transform life into living for individuals, families, our staff and volunteers by providing support services, as a team, to individuals with disabilities or human service needs in ways that promote value, independence and self-determination. http://www.penn-mar.org/#

My Sister’s Place My Sister’s Place is a non-profit agency helping women and their children from domestic violence. The agency is committed to providing shelter for families in need. The programs consist of emergency shelter, transitional housing, and the region’s only transitional housing for immigrant victims of violence, the Emergency Services Center, and a 24-hour crisis hotline. www.mysistersplacedc.org/index.html

New Life for Girls – At New Life For Girls, we introduce women ages 18 and up, as well as mothers and their children to a new way of living. We provide a comprehensive 24 hr. residential program for those who are struggling with life controlling problems such as drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders, and sexual abuse issues. In a safe and loving environment lives are changed and transformed.

The Rose Street Community Center in connection with The Abell Foundation – Since February 2000, with help from The Abell Foundation, the Rose Street Community Center has provided services to hundreds of residents, offering them small weekly stipends (no more than $10 a day) to help them to pursue education and training. Rose Street staff closely monitor their participation and believe that this level of daily contact keeps people connected to the community center.

In 2005, Rose Street served approximately 70 people each week. A third of those served each week (25 to 30 men) reside in Rose Street’s five transitional houses. Rose Street staff link them to employment training, and once they have secured employment for three to six months, Rose Street staff assist them in obtaining permanent housing.

About 80 percent of the men residing in the transitional houses attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings. As they gain employment, they may choose to remain in Rose Street’s supportive, familial environment. For these men, Rose Street has created permanent housing following the Oxford House model: They agree to govern themselves but still attend nightly group meetings; pay for their own rent, utilities, and food; and remain drug-free or risk expulsion from the house. Two of Rose Street’s four transitional houses use this model. Rose Street continues to identify other properties so that graduates can remain connected to the neighborhood.  http://www.abell.org/programareas/highlights/rose.html

The McElderry Park Community Association – McElderry Park Community Association (MPCA) is a hub for neighborhood organizing, a platform for citizen engagement with city government, and an active service organization working on neighborhood improvement and beautification. The resident-elected board and MPCA membership operate the McElderry Park Community Resource Center, which provides computers and space for various events. Recent projects organized under MPCA include mural projects, Thanksgiving turkey giveaways, back to school festivals, neighborhood greening and beautification in partnership with Amazing Grace Church, and regular Parent on Patrol Walks. http://charmcityclinic.wordpress.com/our-neighborhood/mcelderry-park/

Saint Wensaluas Catholic Church – Saint Wensaluas Catholic Church is a church with a long history, a rich tradition and a diverse congregation. Our beautiful church was built in 1914 by Bohemian Catholic immigrants to Baltimore who first established the parish in 1872. While most of the Bohemian-Americans have moved to the suburbs and beyond, many still return to worship with us. Meanwhile the majority of our members today come from the African-American population of our neighborhood, as well as the former parishes of St. Katharine, St. James and John and St. Bernard. http://stwen.org/

Thank you to all that helped in serving our local community during the holidays!