Esperanza Center is TEMPORARILY closed while clean-up crews remove debris following a massive fire on the 400 block of South Broadway in Fells Point.

(September 13, 2018, Baltimore, MD) Clean-up crews began their work this week at Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Center following a four-alarm fire on Friday, Sept. 7 at Budeke Paint store. As a result of the fire, the Esperanza Center is TEMPORARILY CLOSED until debris can be removed and the building is safe for re-entry. Alternative sites are being explored to deliver services during the clean-up.

“Our top priority remains serving our neighbors and people in need,” said Catholic Charities Executive Director Bill McCarthy. “We will not rest until we have those services restored.”

According to Val Twanmoh, program director of the Esperanza Center, removing the damaged walls, carpet, and furniture will take months. Therefore, the staff is seeking other locations to the deliver the Center’s language and citizenship classes, legal aid, medical and dental care. “This fire has been devastating for our staff and clients, but we will overcome this challenge and continue to serve.”

For Updates: Call Esperanza Center at 667-600-2900, visit our website, Catholic Charities of Baltimore’s Facebook page or Esperanza Center Adult Educational Services Facebook page.

Translation: AVISO: Esperanza Center a S. Broadway estará cerrado TEMPORALMENTE a partir del 7 de septiembre, debido a un incendio en un edificio al lado. Favor de volver a consultar esta página o llame al 667-600-2900 para más noticias. Gracias por su paciencia.

BACKGROUND: Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Center is a comprehensive resource center that welcomes immigrants by offering hope, compassionate services, and the power to improve their lives. Staff and volunteers provide education, healthcare, immigration legal matters, family reunification, anti-trafficking, and general community support. Since 2013, the Center has also operated the Family Reunification Program, which has helped to reunite more than 2,700 unaccompanied children with a sponsor. Catholic Charities of Baltimore is Maryland’s largest private provider of human services, offering assistance to children and families, people experiencing poverty or homelessness, individuals with intellectual disabilities, immigrants and seniors without regard to religion, race or other circumstances. Catholic Charities has more than 80 programs in 200 locations throughout Central Maryland.

Read the Baltimore Sun’s article on the fire.  ###

Rowena Daly
Media Relations Manager Catholic Charities of Baltimore
rdaly@cc-md.org | 667-600-2007

Photos courtesy of The Baltimore Sun.