The Avenue Drop-In
Every Wednesday from 9:30 am-11:00 pm, The Baltimore City Health Department dispatches a team of trained professionals to provide harm reduction services for individuals in active drug use here at St. Luke's. The team offers syringe exchange, HIV and Hepatitis testing, wound care, treatment referrals, Narcan training and distribution, and more. The team also supports the neighborhood by surveying problem areas for discarded syringes to dispose of them properly and safely.
Public "sharps" containers are mounted on the back side of St. Luke's and on the back side of the Hampden Family Center. Neighbors are invited to deposit found syringes in these containers for proper disposal by the CRRS program.
In addition, the drop-in program serves a hot lunch from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.
All who participate are eligible for $20 vouchers to the Lost & Found Thrift Shop located in the church.
Hampden Garden Cooperative
The Hampden Garden Cooperative is a vision with three purposes in mind:
foster community among neighbors
learn sustainable practices for an urban environment
feed each other
The vision of a Coop seeks to connect neighbors who grow their own food gardens at home or at a community garden to share the fruits of our labor with one another and those in need of free healthy produce.
Seasonal Garden Workshops
Throughout the year, the BALTIMORE FREE FARM will provide workshops on different areas of urban farming, permaculture, and sustainability to help us along the way. Contact Pastor Jim to get involved.
Partnering with Hampden Elementary-Middle School #55 and the Monarch Sister Schools Program, the courtyard garden provides an open air environmental learning classroom for students at the school. The 2017-18 third grade class planted 22 pollinators including Common and Butterfly Milkweed, Brown-eyed Susans, Goldenrod, and others as they care for Monarch larvae that will inhabit the garden. Thanks to Friends of Hampden #55 for funding this joint project for the children of our community.