Fundraiser for 40 West Resource Center

Fundraiser for 40 West Resource Center

For Immediate Release 8/23/2017

Contact Anna M. Williams, Director of Program and Resources – 443-769-2346

Enjoy Crabs, Food and Prizes and Help Change Lives

Baltimore, MD, August 23, 2017

Each week 40 West Assistance and Referral Center and Hope Harbor work with individuals and families in an effort to move them past poverty and into a more secure life

More than 23 percent of Baltimore City residents are food insecure.  Hope Harbor and 40 West Assistance and Referral Center operate in an area where unemployment averages 7.4 percent, much higher than the 5.3 percent Maryland state rate.  Many of those employed are under-employed, thus a person earning minimum wage would need to work 137 hours per week, or 3.4 full time jobs, in order to afford a two-bedroom unit at fair market rent In Maryland.  Sometimes they must make choices between paying rent or buying food.

You can help change lives by purchasing tickets for the Fourth Annual Charity Crab Feast fundraiser on October 21, from 7:00-10:00 pm at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 5422 Old Frederick Road, Baltimore, MD.    Tickets priced at $65 per person can be purchased by contacting Anna Williams.   Tickets may also be purchased by calling St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church at 410-945-7263 from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday and 10 to 1 pm on Friday.

“ Hope Harbor is currently working with 27 partners and helping the family unit become stronger and self-sufficient,” said Anna Williams, Director of Programs and Resources.  “This is accomplished through, but not limited to, job training and placement, finding affordable housing, assistance with budgeting and tutoring for the children.  Each family has an individualized service plan to assist them with whatever their specific need may be.”

“In 2016, 40 West Assistance & Referral Center distributed food equal to 45,000 meals to more than 3000 families,” said Sandy Woodcock, Director of 40 West.  “In addition, we assisted more than 1000 of our neighbors in 21229 and 21207 with grants to avoid utility turnoff, eviction prevention and transportation costs, as well as referrals to other agencies.”

Founded in 1993 by a group of churches along the Rt. 40 corridor, 40 West Assistance & Referral Center provides material assistance and referral services to struggling neighbors in their community.  Funded by donations and staffed by volunteers and a part-time director, 40 West provides food assistance to all and financial grants for utility turnoffs and court evictions to city neighbors in 21229 and 21207.

Founded in 2012, Hope Harbor has for the last five years helped struggling families living on the margin in an effort to move them out of poverty and into long-term sustainability. Clients are viewed as partners and work with staff and volunteers over a sustained length of time.  They enter into a covenant to obtain a better life.  Staffed by two part-time social workers and volunteers, Hope Harbor aims “to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes.”

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