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Richard and Katherine-2

We believe people realize their aspirations through an engaged community. GHCC is there whenever an individual or neighborhood is ready to make change. We’d like to share with you a story that shows the range and impact of our programs.

In 2013, Katherine Fleming and Richard Castro attended GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute to learn about what community resources were available to them. Married with two children, they wanted an affordable home in a neighborhood close to good schools, convenient shopping, and easy access to downtown. GHCC’s Healthy Neighborhoods program, which provides incentives for first-time home buyers, had just what they needed. The couple met with GHCC staff and began the home buying process, eventually settling on a charming rowhouse in Ednor Gardens-Lakeside.

“We would not have been able to buy a home without GHCC,” says Katherine. “Our neighborhood is quiet with great neighbors and it’s close to the things we need, like GHCC’s 29th Street Community Center, where I bring my kids every week to the Sing-Along Playgroup.”

But their experience with GHCC didn’t end there. Richard, originally from Brazil, wanted to apply for U.S. citizenship. He enrolled in a free citizenship class at the Greater Homewood Adult Learning Center and worked with a trained tutor to study for the citizenship exam. He became a U.S. citizen in May of this year.

“Without GHCC, I would not be in the position I am today,” says Richard. “My English language skills have vastly improved. GHCC treated me like family and I never felt alone.”

Whether it’s people like Katherine and Richard who dream of owning a good home, a neighborhood that wants a safer and healthier block, or an individual who needs a job, we are committed to supporting those aspirations and growing Baltimore into a vibrant urban city.

Please join us.

Your support is more than a gift – it is an investment in extraordinary people and neighborhoods. Make your gift today!

P.S. You can designate GHCC in the following campaigns: Maryland Charity (#8085); United Way (#85); Baltimore Combined Charity (#8085); Combined Federal (#56578).

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