Baltimore is home to world-renowned hospitals, universities, major corporations, and popular tourist attractions. But beneath the surface is a different reality. Not everyone is able to participate in the growth and prosperity of our region.

According to the U.S. Census, in Baltimore City almost 25% (one in four people) are living in poverty (making less than $25,000/year for a family of four). By contrast, Maryland ranks first in the nation in median household income. This growing disparity between those who are doing well and those who are left behind presents great challenges not only for those who suffer from the effects of poverty, but also for the wellbeing of our entire community.

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Men outside Beans & Bread

At St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, we see the symptoms of poverty take many forms:

  • the mother who tucks her children into bed at our Sarah’s Hope shelter, hoping for better days for her family;
  • the hungry, homeless man seeking not just a meal at Beans & Bread, but a chance to earn a living and have a place to live;
  • the children we serve at our Head Start and Camp St. Vincent programs, who often fall behind in school due to poverty and homelessness;
  • the unemployed men and women seeking jobs through our employment services, wanting desperately to find a living wage so they may provide for their families;
  • the children who come to school hungry because their parents had to choose between paying their rent or buying food.

Overcoming Poverty Requires Many Resources

Little Girl Eating

Thousands of people every day in our community are struggling with hunger, homelessness, and unemployment, and far too many of our children grow up in poverty. They need support, skills, and resources to help them move beyond the challenges of poverty and achieve their full potential.

At St. Vincent de Paul, we believe that everyone has tremendous untapped potential, and should have every opportunity to be their best self. We offer support and stability through meals, shelter, and access to critical services.

We also lead the way in providing innovative services that:

  • ensure children have access to fresh and healthy meals,
  • help individuals and families obtain and sustain permanent housing,
  • train adults for a career that provides a living wage for their family, and
  • prepare children for a lifetime of learning, breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

Most importantly, we affirm the dignity of each individual by serving them with respect, compassion, and the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to succeed.


So what can you do to help?

A good first step is to learn more. Together, we can help people in our community move beyond poverty.