Catherine’s Family and Youth Services – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — At WJZ, we celebrate people and organizations who go out of their way to make a meaningful and lasting difference in the community.

This week’s Community MVP is Catherine’s Family & Youth Services, a Park Heights-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-to-moderate income Baltimore families, community LGBT and young people.

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Executive Director Valarie Matthews said the group accomplishes this in a variety of ways, from organizing after-school programs for youth, to helping residents find jobs, to organizing fundraisers. food and diapers for local families.

“Our goal is to uplift and empower families, so they can ultimately have the best quality of life,” Matthews told Torrey Smith.

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When the group was founded, she said, the goal was to provide a one-stop shop for family services.

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“Come take a shower, get your clothes on, we give you a bus pass,” Matthews told WJZ. “Bring it to your interview or whatever. Your child needs daycare or you need an afterschool program, so leave them here, go to your interview, and come back.

Although the community relies on Catherine’s Family & Youth Services, the group cannot do it alone.

“Securing space is one of our biggest goals and securing capital, long-term, and sustainable funds so these programs can continue,” Matthews said.

If you want to make a difference, there are several ways to help. You can make a monetary donation, volunteer to read to children, or give a life-changing gift to a child.

“Any opportunity for my kids to be great is the goal,” she said.

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To learn more, visit the organization’s website.

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