Today, the world is seeing how desperate things have become in West Baltimore.
Last year, we launched 1610 Companies, named for our home at 1610 N. Carey St in Baltimore. 1610 is housed in the original Frederick Douglas High School, which is currently serving the community of Penn North.
On Monday, the community of Penn North hosted the repast for the family of Freddie Gray, donating their time and money to serve food and provide comfort to the extended Gray family. Within an hour or two, they shuttered themselves inside what has become an oasis of love and life, to see the incredibly sad yet inevitable result of citizens who have been victims of institutional abuse and neglect for decades.
If you are moved by this acute demonstration of the despair our neighbors feel, please reach out and donate to our mother ship, Maryland Community Health Initiatives (Penn North). This is where very real work of transforming hopelessness into opportunity is truly happening.