St. Francis Neighborhood Center (SFNC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), community based organization in the Reservoir Hill historic neighborhood of Baltimore. Founded in 1963 as an outreach center for two local churches, the Center was incorporated in 1972 as a neighborhood nonprofit corporation, independent of any church affiliation.
SFNC's presence has served as a resource and catalyst for improving the lives of those in Reservoir Hill, and making Baltimore a better place. Our programs create an approach that builds self-esteem, personal strength, academic, emotional, interpersonal, social, and community development that work to address complex challenges in an effort to break through the cycles of urban poverty. In an average month, we serve over 300 adults, youth, and families. In 2008, SFNC served approximately 3,488 individuals.
By utilizing mediums such as education, art, well-being, and spirituality, we work to provide people with the tools they need to advance their lives financially, spiritually, and socially, while fostering positive interpersonal and community connections. This in turn gives people a sense of self-empowerment, which is the principle driving force in creating extraordinary change within individuals and the community.
Vision: St. Francis Neighborhood Center strives to give people hope for a better tomorrow by providing them with the tools they need for a better today.
Mission: St. Francis Neighborhood Center is committed to breaking the cycles of poverty through education, inspiring self-esteem, self-improvement, and strengthening connections to the community.