Central’s Open Doors: A Beacon of Support for Community Groups

Central is a good neighbor by providing a safe and comfortable space for groups in our community to meet. People with special needs, those struggling with serious issues, students who need a place to practice a sport, preschool children, a mental health advocacy group, and an environmental organization are among those we serve.

“An important part of our values include expanding our neighborhood-based ministry, and part of that is offering our facilities to organizations that serve the community,” said Cindy Yost, Operations Manager, who coordinates the building usage

Area recovery leader meeting at Central.

ROSC, a network of community-based services that advocate for better care for mental health and addiction, meets at Central once a month. “Central has been amazing in its support for our group,” said Linda Bryan.

Allen McDuffie, Employment Support Specialist for The ARC Baltimore, appreciates holding regular classes to prepare their clients for work or internships. “We appreciate the support.”

When Covid hit, the Green Towson Alliance was shut out of their meeting place, so Richard Ames-Ledbetter, a member of the group and Central, invited them to use our pavilion and later the building. “Everyone says how gracious Central is, and they have a very positive view of our church,” Richard said.

The Karina Association uses our kitchenette to teach living and vocational skills to 20 young adults with special needs so they can get jobs.

Other organizations that regularly use our building and grounds include Nar-Anon, Art Seminar, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, a soccer clinic, InterVarsity, and a Towson volleyball team.

Cindy regularly receives notes thanking Central. Here’s one from Nar-Anon: “Thank you for the use of the Loft. As some of our members are struggling with serious issues, it is important for them to have a comfortable and consistent space to gather. You truly are serving the Christian mission.”

And from the Karina Association: “I am writing to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the leadership and members of the Central Presbyterian Church for your unwavering support and the provision of free space for our Meaningful Day program. Your generosity has been instrumental in enabling us to offer Vocational training for young people with disabilities in Baltimore County and City. Your support has allowed us to foster a unique and comprehensive approach towards helping our participants gain the skills required for successful employment.”

Kathy Welsh Smith, Discipleship Associate Director, has been considering ways we can better connect to the people in these groups by having church members host them when they use our church. If you’re interested in extending our mission, contact Kathy.

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