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Weinberg Housing and Resource Center

WHRC

620 Fallsway
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (443) 573-1506
Contact: Caitlin Balicki, Volunteer Manager
Email: volunteerWHRC@cc-md.org
Website: http://www.cc-md.org/WHRC


Function of Organization/Site

Catholic Charities shares Baltimore City's vision of making homelessness in Baltimore rare and brief through the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center (WHRC). This low-barrier shelter houses 275 residents, providing each resident with case management, workshops and resource referrals, breakfast and dinner (lunch is served at Our Daily Bread, across the street), and a caring staff committed to the Catholic Charities mission of "Love in Action."

The Center also houses a convalescent center operated by Healthcare for the Homeless. In this special unit on the third floor, people without homes who have just been released from the hospital can find a place to recuperate under medical supervision. 

  • The WHRC is Baltimore City’s largest overnight shelter, housing 175 men, 75 women, and 25 individuals in the convalescent care dorm.
  • We are open 24/7 – we never close for holidays, bad weather, etc.
  • Catholic Charities has been operating the WHRC since July 1, 2013. WHRC is one of Catholic Charities’ 83 programs in the state of Maryland.
  • On any night, there are 100-200 people who do not have a bed here. These “guests,” as we refer to them, may choose to be added to the waitlist, but the wait-list for a bed could be a few weeks. In the meantime, guests may arrive at WHRC starting at 4pm to take shuttles to “overflow shelters” in the city. Unfortunately, by the time most of those residents arrive at the overflow shelters, they have missed the dinner shift. Therefore, WHRC makes it a priority to serve food to them before they leave – at the minimum, a sandwich, though ideally a full bag dinner.
  • The building was built with a capacity based on the 2009 Homeless Census. As you can see, the issue of homelessness is still on the rise, since many guests are on the wait-list at any time for a bed.
  • Our mission is, “Inspired by the Gospel mandates to love, serve, and teach, Catholic Charities provides care and services to improve the lives of Marylanders in need.” We at WHRC also value dignity, aiming to provide it in as many ways as possible to our residents, guests, volunteers, visitors and staff, through ‘love in action.’

Who We Serve

The Center houses 275 beautiful residents. These people are generally kind, caring individuals, grateful for the services provided at WHRC. Some of these clients may be:

  • Employed with low-income jobs
  • Affected by substance abuse    
  • Veterans
  • From the LGBTQ community
  • Suffering from a mental or physical disability

Involvement Opportunities

  • One-time opportunities (serving dinner to clients, assembling bagged dinners and hygiene kits)
  • Research
  • Consulting
  • Teaching client classes

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be at least 14 years of age (volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian 18+ years or older)

Location

  • Walking distance from 615 N. Wolfe St is approximately 25 minutes
    Head north on N. Wolfe St toward E. Monument St
    Turn right onto E. Monument St
    Turn left onto Fallsway
  • Public Transportation
    Circulator, Metro, Bus #35/120 #5/05X
  • Driving
    Free parking is available