City of Refuge Baltimore is dedicated to local individuals and families seeking a pathway out of poverty. Located in the middle of Brooklyn and Curtis Bay, the organization focuses on their five impact areas: the essentials (daily needs), housing, human trafficking, workforce development, and youth empowerment. With the surrounding community bombarded by issues including high rates of unemployment, rising violent crime, and nearly half of residents living below the poverty level, the community is struggling to rise above these day-to-day obstacles.
Why We’re Serving
As an organization on a mission to “lead individuals and families on a journey to self-sufficiency,” our project is fully in line with the ethos of City of Refuge (CoR). We will transform a vacant lot adjacent to CoR into The Refuge Garden—an urban garden that will bring fresh fruits and vegetables to local families. The garden will also serve as an outdoor classroom for job skills and urban greening initiatives. This project is a continuation of our local platoons’ service at COR, and an opportunity to increase capacity for the organization while engaging with the greater local community.
What We’ll Be Doing
Together with our partners, we will spend the day serving to: - Establish a gardening center with a new greenhouse, safety fencing, and shade and seating structures - Create a clothing donation pavilion and eco-friendly areas including a recycling shed and compost bin - Beautify and re-purpose the grounds with extensive garbage clean-up, murals, and blacktop games.