Martha’s Place is part of the larger community development work of (formerly Newborn Holistic Ministries), a community based nonprofit founded in 1996 to serve Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester and Upton communities. These and the surrounding communities have struggled for many years with major issues related to poverty and Intersection of Change has responded with a mission to providing programs that enrich the economic, social and spiritual lives of those dealing with poverty related issues in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester and surrounding communities.
In 2000, Intersection of Change created Martha’s Place to address the need for services by women overcoming drug addiction and homelessness. The program offers both a six-month transitional phase as well as a long-term independent housing phase. The program helps women achieve sobriety while maintaining a job and housing and serves approximately 50 women per year.
In 2008, Intersection of Change created a second major community program called Jubilee Arts to provide the community with a comprehensive arts program as an alternative to the dangers of drugs and violence in the community. Jubilee Arts provides art classes (in ceramics, visual arts, dance, and writing) six days a week and cultural activities to both children and adults and serves approximately 1,500 people annually.
In 2016, Intersection of Change added a third program called Strength to Love II which operates an urban farm and serves ex-offenders returning to the community from incarceration. The farm entails 16 greenhouses totaling 96,000 square feet, addresses community food desert issues, and offers employment to ex-offenders. The program also supports ex-offenders with ID renewals, transportation to appointments, and food gift certificates.
Work to date has resulted in significant neighborhood revitalization of the 1900 and 2000 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue through the full renovation of six previously vacant and dilapidated buildings, transformation of 18 vacant lots into community green spaces and meditative gardens, and the creation of a dozen neighborhood murals.
For more about Intersection of Change programs visit: intersectionofchange.org