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Franciscan Center

Founded in 1968 by the Franciscan Sisters of Baltimore, the Franciscan Center is an emergency outreach center that serves individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The Franciscan Center is located in the Charles Village neighborhood in central Baltimore, but serves individuals throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. Since 2009, the Abell Foundation has been providing support to assist the center to meet the increasing demand for supportive services (In 2014, the Abell Foundation provided a grant of $175,000). The center provides a hot, mid-day meal Monday through Friday, and provides counseling, financial assistance, and related services to low-income Baltimore City residents. A significant client base is the “working poor,” those who maintain regular employment but remain in relative poverty due to low levels of pay, expenses of dependent(s), and lack of affordable housing. Financial and support services provided by the center include utility assistance and eviction-prevention grants, procurement of birth certificates and identification cards required for government benefits, prescription assistance, transportation assistance, and dental assistance. In addition, the center’s social workers make referrals to other agencies—including health care and housing agencies—to address client needs that cannot be met at the center. During FY 2014, the Franciscan Center served 87,452 meals, distributed 7,005 bags of groceries, and provided financial assistance and related services to 3,310 unduplicated individuals.