Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in Baltimore. Often, they have no place to turn once they lose housing. Baltimore offers a severe shortage of family shelter capacity, which often causes families to be divided, with women, female children and adolescents going to women and children’s shelters, and men and older adolescent males going to a men’s shelter or the streets.

Sarah’s Hope Mount Street (SHMS) is St. Vincent de Paul’s comprehensive family shelter that provides 24 hour services for 80 homeless families in Baltimore City each year located in the heart of the Sandtown-Winchester, one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Baltimore City. St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore knew we needed to expand SHMS to serve more families. And that’s exactly what we did. The expanded and renovated shelter is now at the forefront of providing shelter and comprehensive services to vulnerable families, including hundreds of children, who would otherwise have no place to live. The newly expanded Sarah’s Hope provides immediate shelter, stabilization, a supportive environment and access to comprehensive services 150 families each year.

After we completed the shelter expansion, we began much needed work on Sarah’s Hope’s exterior. A more accessible sidewalk and additional green space will soon be completed for families to enjoy during their stay at Sarah’s Hope.

During a partnership with St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, BGE, and Kaboom!, more than 250 volunteers came together on November 10th to build a playground for SHMS. The playground will provide needed resources, not only for the children and families at Sarah’s Hope, but also for the benefit of the community where there exists a scarcity of playground facilities. In addition, picnic tables and benches were assembled and installed around Sarah’s Hope’s exterior. The new playground will bring more than 400 kids in Baltimore City one step closer to having the play-filled childhoods they deserve. By building this playspace together, we are making it easier for all kids to get balanced and active play and making Baltimore more playable.

Head Start Celebrates


Our Head Start preschool programs celebrated the end of the 2018-2019 school year with moving up ceremonies and celebrations.  Hundreds of children and their families came together at our Head Start sites throughout Baltimore City ...

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10 Reasons to Enroll Your Child in Head Start Preschool


Head Start is a pre-kindergarten program first launched by the United States government in 1965. The program was designed to aid working-class children in specific areas of their development, including education, nutrition and health services ...

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Marcus Scott, Caseworker at Beans & Bread

Marcus Scott, Caseworker at Beans & Bread

Filling his grandmother’s shoes; how a homeless services caseworker was inspired to help others


Marcus Scott is a caseworker at Beans & Bread, our day shelter in Fells Point. A Baltimore native, Marcus grew up in the Walbrook neighborhood where his family has resided for generations. He describes a childhood ...

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Homeless - and then Finding a Home Again


Meet Sheila, a former client who worked with a case worker at our Beans & Bread center and built a new life.

She says she never knew privileges, growing up in Baltimore’s Belvedere neighborhood. Her ...

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