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Improving Lives through Six Areas of Focus
Behavior and mental health services for all ages.
Mental health is vital to our overall health. We’re proud to offer our community access to a wide-range of mental and behavioral health services for children and families. Our services include addiction counseling and treatment, including medication to assist with treatment. Telehealth is available when appropriate.Healing Trauma & Addiction Explore More
Senior services and care, including housing, social, and health.
Our senior services are built on traditions of excellence, dignity, and respect. As a leading provider of exceptional, affordable apartment communities and life care options for seniors in the Baltimore region, we deliver compassionate care through a full continuum of services available to people of all faiths.Aging with Dignity Explore More
Helping immigrants acclimate to their new home.
It is a privilege to welcome recent immigrants. The Esperanza Center is a comprehensive resource center whose mission is to help immigrants navigate life in a new country. Our dedicated staff and volunteers provide services related to education, healthcare, immigration legal matters, family reunification, anti-trafficking, and general community support to thousands of immigrants each year.Welcoming New Neighbors Explore More
Poverty relief and housing assistance for many individuals.
Through a variety of programs across Maryland, we assist people who are struggling to make ends meet and striving to work their way out of poverty. With programs that include a range of transitional housing services, meal programs, education, employment and counseling services, and referrals to other support services, our goal is to enable families and individuals to fully achieve financial independence.Achieving Independence Explore More
Job training and employment opportunities for all individuals in need.
Access to steady employment enables individuals to help themselves and their families. We offer job training programs that educate and connect skilled workers to employers who need their help. By assisting with job-readiness, offering intensive training, and professional development, we help improve lives across our community.Empowering Careers Explore More
Education, therapy, and extended need services for children and families.
At the center of every community is the family unit. Whether it’s support for single mothers, building families through adoption services, education, or immediate intervention to keep a family safe at home, we believe in protecting and serving families for the betterment of our community.Supporting Children & Families Explore More
Our vision is what sets us on our path of action to fulfill our mission.
4.9k+ Individuals and families found permanent housing
Through a variety of programs across Maryland, we assist people who are struggling to make ends meet and striving to work their way out of poverty.
667 Individuals won or made positive progress in their immigration cases
Welcoming New Neighbors
The Esperanza Center is a comprehensive resource center whose mission is to help immigrants navigate life in a new country.
1.7k+ Low-income older adults obtained affordable apartments and housing in FY18
Aging with Dignity
We are a leading provider of exceptional, affordable apartment communities and life care options for seniors in the Baltimore region.
7k+ Individuals received mental or behavioral health treatment through Villa Maria Behavioral Health Clinics
Healing Trauma & Addiction
We’re proud to offer our community access to a wide-range of mental and behavioral health services for children and families.
474 Individuals received employment training
By assisting with job-readiness, offering intensive training, and professional development, we help improve lives across our community.
8,000+ Community Volunteers
Featured StoriesView All Stories
Andrew doesn’t want his children ever to experience the financial insecurity and homelessness that he has endured for more than half of his life. With parents who were unable to care for him, he was “in foster care at age four,” he said, “arrested at 19, and released with nowhere to go, bouncing back and forth from place to place, staying outside.”Read Full Story
Aging with Dignity
St. Elizabeth’s Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
Christine has always admired her caring and indomitable mother. Bertha Paul rose to a management position at Montgomery Ward’s, and then ran a daycare business out of her home. “My mother is a very loving person, and she threw everything she had into taking care of other people’s children after raising six of her own,” she said.Read Full Story
St. Edward’s Workforce Development Center
When Derek got his one-year certificate at Vehicles for Change, it was the longest he’d ever worked at a job. “I get to work early every day,” he said. “Working on cars for me brings a certain joy of fulfillment that I can’t explain, and add to that, I know we’re doing something for the greater good by donating cars to needy families, helping them get out of their situation too.”Read Full Story
Healing Trauma & Addiction
St. Vincent’s Villa
When Rev. Dr. Jalene Chase was 5 years old, she made a friend who often seemed sad. Eventually, the friend told Jalene a man in her household was hurting her. Jalene told her own mother, who tried unsuccessfully to intervene. When her friend was killed in an accident on her way home from school, Jalene believed the girl had ridden her bike into traffic.Read Full Story
Welcoming New Neighbors
In 2012, 16-year-old Williams was just one of tens of thousands of children from Central America crossing the southern border into the U.S. alone. When he was apprehended in Texas upon arrival, Williams had already endured a terrifying journey and still faced an uncertain future. In leaving El Salvador, he had simply been running for his life.Read Full Story
Supporting Children & Families
Carroll County Head Start
When their grandson, Oliver, was born, Susan and Marlin Felmey were there to help. “It’s so expensive to live in Carroll County, it’s hard to make ends meet,” they said. So their empty nest was full again. When Oliver was 18 months old, their daughter enrolled Oliver in Head Start, and “our only complaint is that it doesn’t go to 12th grade,” Marlin said. “We have loved every minute.”Read Full Story
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- 87% Goes directly to services helping people in need
- 3% Fundraising & Awareness
- 10% Administration