Children running in park

Davon and Regina have always worked to provide for themselves and their 3 sons, but minimum wage only goes so far for a family of 5 in the Baltimore area. In fact, in Maryland a person earning minimum wage would need to work 137 hours per week, or 3.4 full-time jobs, in order to afford a two-bedroom unit at fair market rent, not to mention all of the other bills to pay. Many families like Davon and Regina’s make tough choices of how to allocate their income, whether on rent, day care, food, and other bills and necessities.

One of the things that has allowed them to get by financially was being able to send their sons to St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore’s Head Start program. Head Start helped obtain speech therapy for one of their sons, and resources for another son struggling with ADHD. “Head Start really helped my sons be ready for school, and they worked with me to be a part of my boys’ educations,” Regina said.

“I had to explain to my oldest son why we were not able to go home.”

But the support didn’t stop there.

After being evicted from their home that they lived in for 14 years, the family moved four times in the past few years due to financial struggles, or uninhabitable living conditions. Most recently, they lost their apartment and all of their possessions in a tragic fire that resulted in them becoming instantly homeless. They turned to a shelter for a short time to figure out what they were going to do next. “I got so depressed and cried a lot. I was at a low point when I had to explain to my oldest son why we were not able to go home,” Regina said.

Their family service coordinator at Head Start immediately stepped in to help and began to reach out for resources and connected the family with our Front Door Program. To provide stability and reduce the negative impact of the situation, the program immediately placed the family in a hotel for 30 days, paid their outstanding BGE bills, helped locate a house, and paid the security deposit, and half of the rent for six months. This allowed the family to save to purchase needed items for their new home. Head Start continues to provide the family with clothing, books, food, furniture, and support.

Even throughout their moves and the tragedy they endured, the boys continued to have good attendance at Head Start, even traveling across town, in bad weather, spending hours on public transportation, to get there. “I prayed and prayed that everything would work out,” Regina recalled. “But the boys bounced back pretty quickly through it all and I am so very grateful to Head Start for what they have done for us.”

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Mike Olliver

Caroline Head Start Staff

Head Start Caroline Streets

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Fatima Head Start Staff

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Arlington Head Start Staff

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Patterson Park Head Start Staff

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Amity Aldrich

Meet Our New Assistant Director of Events and Volunteers

5/3/2018

May 3, 2018 - Amity Aldrich has been named Assistant Director of Events and Volunteers for St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. Amity will be managing all aspects of corporate and community engagement with an emphasis ...

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Donna Trado, Owings Mills’ Office Manager - Point Breeze Credit Union; April Wright-Ferguson, Director of Sarah’s House Hannah More; Michelle Boyle, Vice President of Development for SVDP

Point Breeze Credit Union donation helps to establish new youth mentoring program

4/18/2018

April 16, 2018 - Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More is  our family homeless shelter on Reisterstown Road in Baltimore County. It’s a place where families experiencing homelessness can stay together - whether they are dual-parent ...

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Meet our New Communications Director

4/9/2018

Rebecca Campany has been named Director of Communications for St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore.  Rebecca will lead marketing and communications at SVDP, which has been a leader in helping people overcome poverty for over ...

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12th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraising Event Was a Huge Success

4/9/2018

March 24, 2018 - It takes a small army to put together Empty Bowls every year, and we’re extremely grateful to all of the volunteers, soup makers, bowl makers, and sponsors who made this year ...

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St. Vincent de Paul Baltimore earns $1 Million HUD grant

4/6/2018

March 20, 2018 - Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh joined other local leaders to celebrate a $1 million grant to fund the expansion of St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore's Front Door Rapid Re-Housing Program ...

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New Study Shows that St. Vincent de Paul Baltimore’s Front Door Rapid Re-Housing Program is a Success

March 20, 2018
4/4/2018

March 16, 2018 - Abt Associates,  a global leader in research and program implementation released the results of a 3-year study of our Front Door Rapid Re-Housing program.

  • 71 percent of families retained permanent housing
  • 93 ...
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SVDP Is Helping Those In Need Overcome Obstacles To Obtain Jobs

Laura Starsoneck, Director, Front Door
4/2/2018

Having a stable job not only provides income that allows you to feed and house yourself, it also provides a sense of pride and self-worth. Imagine if all of this was taken away from you ...

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Beans & Bread Wednesday Volunteer Group

Michelle Boyle, Vice President, Development & Marketing
3/15/2018

On any given day, in the heart of bustling Fells Point, Beans & Bread can serve over 300 meals to our community’s most vulnerable neighbors.  Few people can understand what it takes to run a ...

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Empty Bowls 2018 - How Can You Help?

3/9/2018

Did you know that Maryland, although it is one of the wealthiest states in the nation, is home to more than 760,300 people who do not have enough to eat? Not only that, but ...

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St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore Acquires Programs of Innterim Housing & Family Services

7/1/2017

(Baltimore, MD) – St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore announced July 1, 2017 it will be acquiring the programs of Innterim Housing & Family Services (Innterim) which operates permanent and transitional housing services for homeless families in ...

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