Patterson Park Community of Hope

What We Are Doing

Building Families for Children has taken the lead agency role in a collaborative, community mobilizing initiative in Patterson Park called the Community of Hope. We are engaged in a process that challenges us to think differently and build on family strengths preventatively. Together with Martin Pollak Project—another MARFY (Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth) agency—as well as Echo Resource Development and Helping Hands Training and Consulting, we work to meet this challenge by creating networks within communities that focus on resiliency and provide hope. An important value we have placed on our early work in Patterson Park is that the consumer informs the final practice model.  So, we are allowing the community mobilization process to guide us by actively engaging resident leaders, seeking resources from those with common goals, collecting data on the well-being of the neighborhoods and surveying neighbors about their perceptions of the community.

What is a 'Community of Hope'?
Casey Family Programsa national foundation dedicated to reducing the number of children in out-of-home care while creating strong families and safe communities—supports the project with limited funding, technical assistance and with opportunities to learn from successful models from around the country.  Casey Family Programs description of a Community of Hope is:





… a place where all children are safe and have the support they need from the adults in their lives to grow up healthy and succeed. It is a place that recognizes that families and communities, not systems, are best equipped to raise children, and that all families need the support of a caring community to thrive. Ultimately, the obligation to protect children extends beyond responding to child abuse and neglect that has already occurred.  It also involves supporting innovative programs that help prevent maltreatment from occurring in the first place.

To mobilize and engage the community in creating a safe, trauma-responsive environment where kids and youth have opportunities to grow up healthy, succeed and be happy.

To strengthen the families within Patterson Park with increased opportunities decreased risk factors and increased protective factors.

To create a “resource hub”, where families can access a comprehensive and integrated service array, in a consumer-friendly environment.

Patterson Park is an area of great diversity, need, and resources.  We have identified initial neighborhood boundaries and mapped them for planning purposes. They mainly encompass the Baltimore City Zip Codes of 21224 and a small area of 21231.  These boundaries provide us with a starting point for community mobilization, and were chosen by the planning team because this area most encompasses our “identified families”; reflects cultural and economic diversity; captures schools; establishes community association boundaries; and includes parts of Highlandtown, PPNA, CARE and Butchers Hill. The boundaries are: north, Orleans Street (Route 40); East, Dean St./E. Baltimore St./Haven St.; South, Eastern Ave.; and West, S. Patterson Park Ave./E. Baltiomre St./ N.Washington St.

Patterson Park


(410) 872-1050 OR (800) 621-8834


3701 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224