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Penn North Community Resource Center – Kids Safe Zone – How to help

The Kids Safe Zone, for at-risk children ages 5 to 17 years old will offer  recreation that includes flat screen TVs, Xbox gaming systems, board games, organized sports teams, a computer lab, girls and boys mentoring programs, peer led support groups, licensed counseling, field trips, a study lab and homework assistance.

In the wake of the most recent Baltimore City uprising as a result of the Freddie Gray murder, the resounding notion across the city was that Baltimore City children, specifically children in Sandtown Winchester were defunct of resources, lacked recreation and needed an outlet, Penn North Community Resource Center is answering the call.

Penn North Kids Zone Project How to Help

“We’ve been passionate about helping this community for more than 20 years and have done so successfully, when we had a national platform and every person on camera said “our children need resources” I knew we had to provide the service, so we have. I’m very proud of our vision for the Kids Safe Zone.” Says, Blaize Connelly-Duggan, President and Executive Director of the Penn North Community Resource Center

MyCity4HER’s Giving Spirits Foundation,and CEO Monyka Berrocosa is behind this initiative 100%. We and our CEO  are encouraging other local Baltimore based businesses, and Baltimore based Moms to get involved and make a difference. Below please find a preliminary wish list, if you are donating used items, please make sure they are working, complete and in good condition. If you wish to get involved, or can make a donation of an item, or several things on this list, or want to donate money to make this happen feel free to contact Penn North directly by clicking here.

5 Flat Screen TVs
5 Gaming Systems
Furniture
A Fridge
A Microwave
Board Games
Craft Items
Crayons
Markers
Papers
Books for all levels
Chalk Board
Dry Erase Boards
School/Classroom like decorations for our walls
Cots
Pillows
Thin Blankets/throws
Non-Perishable Snack Items
Treats

The grand opening is scheduled for the afternoon of Monday, June 1, 2015 in the building adjacent to The Penn North Community Resource Center, located at 1610 N. Carey Street.  The Penn North Community Resource Center currently provides supportive housing in conjunction with its outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment program.  The facility is also home to the free wraparound services provided to the community that include GED, computer literacy, financial literacy and planning, workforce development, job readiness, health and fitness that include Zumba and Qigong and its staple acupuncture treatments.

Penn North Community Resource Center -Maryland Community Health Initiatives, Inc. (Penn North) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been delivering behavioral health and recovery services through its Penn North Community Resource Center in Baltimore City since 1993.

Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and families struggling to overcome substance abuse, homelessness, unemployment, poverty, crime, and violence.  A pioneer in integrative medicine and Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC), Maryland CHI has been recognized by the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy for its innovative programs and leadership in the recovery movement. Each year, Penn North helps more than 100,000 individuals through its programs and services (www.penn-north.com).

2 COMMENTS

  1. I read with interest the article in the Sat. Sun paper entitled Embracing a Community. I was most impressed with Erika Alston’s work for the safe zone for kids. I would really like to talk to her about her work. I am a retired teacher and have been helping a homeless family who has many struggles. They live in a motel. I need help in learning how to help them. I am also interested in helping the safe zone center. Please have Erika call me at 410-802-7714. Thanks, Sharon

    • Hi there, we have communicated your message to Ms. Alston. You can can also reach her at – Maryland Community Health Initiatives – which is (410) 728-2080 or at the Kids Safe Zone – 410-728-2080. Good luck and be blessed!

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