The Center is a nexus of the Greater East Baltimore community, creating greater access to services and a community awareness for residents. We address specific needs through a holistic array of services that are designed to meet men or women where they are and move them towards self empowerment.
In 1995, the Family League of Baltimore City and the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition initiated an extensive community needs assessment. This process revealed significant gaps in services to Historic East Baltimore families and children.
The absence of comprehensive services for men/fathers was determined to be one of several major concerns. As a result, a plan was developed to establish a program that focused on addressing real life issues confronting urban men and their families Subsequently, The Men and Families Center was created to respond to this community’s vision.
The overriding goal of The Men and Families Center is to improve the quality of children’s lives by developing and enhancing the capacity of male parents and/or caretakers. This is manifested by providing interventions services for young males who are at risk of developing poor skills in those areas that will later affect their parenting abilities.
The Center strives to accomplish this by implementing strategies that address several additional goals: establish greater participation of fathers in the lives of their children; develop a strong male support network which will enable men to provide support to their children and families; improve the growth and development of the participants’ children, in their relationships to their peers, their home life, and their school performance; network to provide employment and completion of education for participating males.
The programs that we have were the direct result of three focus groups held when I came on board. The starting of a clinic being the strongest need the focus group persons had. These programs stayed in place until 2012 when, because of the increasing number of females we were seeing it became necessary to change the name to reflect everybody we serve.
“The Men and Families Center has been instrumental in my transition after release from incarceration. Mr. Purnell and the whole staff helped to focus my vision of the future.”
“Mr. Purnell is wonderful, he knows the right words, the right saying, and the right people to get people motivated.”