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Demolition begins for violence and crime mega grief center

Posted at 2:06 PM, Jul 18, 2018

Baltimore city is now one step closer to getting its mega family grief center which will help those affected by violence and crime. 

The U.S. Census Bureau says Baltimore crime is plaguing the community and impacting around 7,000 children. The need for help is evident, and a Baltimore based non-profit is hoping to help. 

Roberta's House already has made its imprint on the Baltimore community, but their new one-of-a-kind center will be the first in the U.S. to help their underserved community cope with losing their loved ones to crime. The structure aiming to come in 2020 would take the place of nine vacant row homes in the 900 block of East North Avenue.

The center would include and family counseling, peer support, advocacy, education, research and holistic health practices as well as be an invaluable resource for the training and development of personnel in health care, civil service, social services, schools, and churches. 

On Wednesday the demolition of five of the nine row homes brings the city one step closer to relief. This past April the Maryland General Assembly awarded the organization $2 million to support this construction and hopefully help prevent the more violent behavior. 

The overall cost of the center is estimated at just over $9 million and will come with activity rooms, a large family gathering area, a game room, an expression room, family conference rooms, offices, a theatre for performances and a resource library for families, students and practitioners

Roberta's House already serves over 2,000 children annually at their location in the 2500 block of N. Charles Street.