SLYC envisions campus of Education and Opportunity in West Baltimore, grown from the foundation of the neighborhood’s current families- building on our community's abundant assets.
We believe that the key to this work is through the relationships of a community that crosses geographic, economic, religious, racial, and all other boundaries. It is a community that coordinates its efforts, shares its resources, and develops partnerships to meet its goals.
Proclaiming the Dream
SLYC envisions a Mission Center in West Baltimore, grown from the foundation of the neighborhood’s current residents and community- building on the abundant assets that already exist in order to address the needs. We believe that the key to this work is through the relationships of a community that crosses geographic, economic, religious, racial, and all other boundaries. It is a community that coordinates its efforts, shares its resources, and develops strategic partnerships to meet its goals. The groundwork for this Mission Center has already been laid through the efforts of many people over many years.
SLYC began the work of formulating a community-led concept for the property and its various spaces in 2017 through collaboration with the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) and a series of stakeholder group conversations. Since then, we have continued to learn from our families, neighbors, school, partners, and the work of many other community organizations.
In late 2019 SLYC was awarded a Heritage Fund grant through Preservation Maryland to explore the feasibility of new uses of both the Carey Street and Carrollton Avenue properties. Encore Sustainable Architects is in the process of completing this work which will include a conditions assessment of both properties, concept design, and feasibility study. Their findings and reports will help us prioritize development, partnership, and fundraising efforts.
Also in 2019, SLYC wrote a proposal to HUD’s Choice Neighborhood Initiative, Transform Poe, to begin developing the undercroft and yard based on the community engagement work of previous years. The following PowerPoint is a summary of this proposal, SLYC Community Connections Project, which provides visual representations.
SLYC’s Community Connections Project was not funded, and feedback we received through that process led SLYC to begin the work of advocating for an MOU with the St. Luke’s congregation and diocese. The desired MOU would clarify our relationship and establish rights to the properties.
On June 30, 2020, St. Luke’s was closed as a worshipping community and control of the property was reverted to the Diocese. SLYC is continuing its work in spite of all obstacles. Formalizing the relationship between SLYC and the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland will be an important next step to make this dream of a Mission Center in West Baltimore a reality.