"It has been seven months of being a safe place and much more for hundreds of kids in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. Now what has become like a second home for so many has room to grow." - News Channel 2
For 7 months Penn North provided a safe place for children in the community to play and thrive within the confines of a 1,000 square foot vacant laundromat converted into a safe haven. With over 7,000 child encounters and visits the organization knew that they needed more space and they needed it fast. A 60-day fundraising campaign kicked off to help the children move. A $30,000 donation from A&E Network as a result of Alicia Keys' visit to the center was the perfect launch. Shortly after Kaiser-Permanente visited the center and were blown away with the services being provided and how the children used the space and made it their own. The very next day Kaiser-Permenente called with a $10,000 contribution to the effort! With just $40,000 down and $40,000 to go the Penn North Kids Safe Zone got a call from the Governor's Office with not only the balance needed but an additional $10,000 for a new computer lab.
With these contributions and others from with individuals within the community and beyond, the children of Sandtown-Winchester will have the opportunity to move from just 1,000 to over 5,000 square feet of a completely renovated, vibrant childcare center located just next door at 1620 N Carey Street.
The plan is to move by mid-February and we continue to have a need for volunteers and funds to sustain the program for staffing, supplies, and overhead expenses. Will you give a gift today to support the Kids Safe Zone?
"Where a Kid Can Be a Kid"
On November 9th, the children of the Kids Safe Zone were treated to a very special surprise. ABC's Nightline worked for weeks to develop a story about the work of the organization and completed the filming of the segment that aired on Friday, November 20th with a visit from International, Grammy Award winning, Super Star Alicia Keys!
Alicia Keys visited the center, sang to the children and held open, candid conversations with them about the state of their community and why they need the Kids Safe Zone. The visit was eye-opening and an experience that the children will never forget. Those are the life changing moments that are being created in the once vacant laundromat. The Kids Safe Zone, must be sustained. It is needed. Please consider donating today!
On June 1, 2015, the Kids Safe Zone opened to provide a safe, comfortable and secure place for children in the Sandtown-Winchester community that suffers from a lack of resources that the closing of Baltimore City recreation centers created.
The Kids Safe Zone, for at-risk children ages 5 to 17 years old, offers 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.
Watch Interviews on the Kids Safe Zone on our News Page.
Penn North Recovery
2410 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite #200
Baltimore, Maryland 21217
Penn North Community
1610 North Carey Street
Baltimore, MD 21217
Penn North Kids Safe Zone
1622 North Carey Street
Baltimore, MD 21217
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