One crisis can have an affect on all aspects of one’s life, causing a cycle of crises. Members of a household may have just lost their job, have an unexpected medical or house rental bill delivered in the mail, or may even be struggling to put enough food on the table. At GEDCO, we connect clients with resources that will help them to move towards self-sufficiency so that they can permanently escape the cycle of crises.
Families and individuals in crisis should always have someone on whom they can rely.
At GEDCO we strive to assist the residents of the Baltimore community with emergency food, financial and employment needs. We have done so through our programs such as CARES Career Connection, where we assist with career development and employment searches; CARES, where we provide emergency food and financial assistance; and at the North East Food Pantry where we provide emergency food assistance.
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GEDCO’s CARES serves families and individuals in crisis by connecting our clients with resources that enable movement towards self-sufficiency. These resources include food and emergency financial assistance services.
CARES continues to be run by an extremely dedicated team, consisting of one full time and one part time employee, as well as over 100 volunteers. With the generous support and food donations made by GEDCO’s network of over 50 Member Organizations, individuals, schools, corporations, government agencies, and community groups, GEDCO’s CARES responded to over 3,850 requests for food and financial assistance to 187 families in 2015!
CARES was opened in 1993 by a group of devoted volunteers primarily from churches in the Govans neighborhood of north Baltimore. Their vision was to create a centralized place where area churches could send persons in need and know they would be served more effectively and efficiently.
- Client-Choice Food Pantry: This dignified model of service allows our customer-clients to be the decision makers as they choose the food that their household members prefer. A nutrition guideline based on family size is provided on-site for assistance. Hours of Operation are Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00am-11:00am, and Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00 noon.
- Emergency Financial Assistance Center: Assists individuals and families with pending evictions, utility shut-offs and prescription needs. Hours of Operation are Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00am-11:00am.
For More Information
- Call GEDCO’s CARES at 410-532-2273.
- Contact: Rachael Neill
- CARES is located at 5502 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212 behind St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. CARES serves the zip code areas of 21210, 21212, 21239, and 21218 from the city line to 33rd Street.
CARES Career Connection
GEDCO’s CARES Career Connection serves individuals seeking jobs and pursuing careers by providing one-on-one support from trained staff and volunteers.
CARES Career Connection works in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, which established a Community Jobs Hub for computer skills training across the street from CARES at Holy Comforter Church.
- Resume preparation
- Cover letter writing
- Online job search and application assistance
- Interview skills coaching
- GED classes
- Computer training courses
- Help for SSI/SSDI recipients who are also seeking employment
- Support in overcoming other barriers to employment
For More Information
- Call GEDCO’s CARES Career Connection at 410-532-7117
- Contacts: D’Anne Avotins and Rachael Neill
- CARES Career Connection is located at 5502 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212 behind St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church.
North East Food Pantry
GEDCO’s North East Food Pantry serves individuals in crisis by connecting customers with emergency food relief that will enable movement towards self-sufficiency. The heart and compassion of this entirely volunteer-run program drives them to ensure that everyone leaves with food.
In 1982, when an ad hoc committee realized the great need within their community for additional emergency food resources for families and individuals with low incomes, they opened the North East Food Pantry.
Did You Know?
The North East Food Pantry is open five days a week, Monday-Friday from 10:30am-1:30pm. Not only are their hours widespread, but they are unique to the Hamilton, Arcadia and Harbel neighborhoods (212 zip codes) in northeast Baltimore City.
NE Food Pantry belongs to the MD Food Banks’ Network Partners Area Councils (NPAC), which connects food banks so that they may share challenges and solutions with one another.
To make a donation of non-perishable food, contact the number below! Food donations and deliveries are accepted from 9:00am-12 noon on Wednesdays, and from 10:00am-12 noon on Saturdays.
For More Information
Call the Harford Senior Center at 410-426-4009
The Harford Senior Center is located at 4920 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214, behind the Harford Senior Center.