Advancing hope, healing, and resilience for those impacted by trauma, abuse, and violence through comprehensive response, treatment, education, and prevention. Creating a center of excellence and new response model LifeBridge Health’s Center for Hope provides intervention & prevention for: Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Street Violence, Safe Streets, and Elder Justice for survivors, caregivers, and communities.

  • Collaborating throughout the LifeBridge Health system and community service area
  • Educating LifeBridge Health communities and beyond on preventative practices
  • Connecting communities and survivors or violence to resources and workforce development
  • Finding and promoting best practices Working to promote healthier outcomes for our communities

The LifeBridge Health’s Center for Hope will be built in the community near Pimlico Road and Belvedere Avenue, with ready access by Center clients, family members and community members to engage in violence prevention, capacity building, wellness activities, education, workforce development, and referral programming.

More about Center for Hope

Lives Changed in FY 2020

  • Provided help for 4,711 victims of abuse, exploitation and violent crimes
  • Gave hope to 2,212 children who were victims of child abuse, witness to violence
  • Provided 2,882 individual therapy services, with 7,893 connections to clients
  • Conducted 706 medical exams for at risk children
  • Conducted 376 safety planning sessions
  • Provided 419 nights of emergency shelter
  • Connected with 83 children who witnessed violence and homicides
  • 9,538 community members, professionals, and advocates trained

Building Hope

At LifeBridge Health, we recognize the devastating impact of violence in our communities, and the growing number of victims of all ages. This is a public health issue and we need to help our communities by partnering with the people in them, to break the cycle of violence. We need to partner alongside community leaders, stand shoulder to shoulder with parents and caregivers, and help provide survivors of violence and crime with support and healing, in order to grow a collective hope for a better city and a better world. 

In response to the growing presence of violence in Baltimore, LifeBridge Health is committed to building hope with our communities with the new Center for Hope. Center for Hope will provide a unique space where comprehensive programs, experts and city agency partners will join together to foster positivity, safety and success for children, youth and adults. The first of its kind in the nation, Center for Hope will be the new model for employing integrated programs and services designed to break the cycle of violence and its lifelong impact for victims of all races, ethnicities and religions, from the cradle to old age.   The two-story Center for Hope, planned on the Pimlico campus near Sinai Hospital, will employ evidence-supported practices to change lives. Children who have endured or witnessed abuse can find comfort, nurturing and healing from the Center’s anchor, Baltimore Child Abuse Center, and its more than 30 years of experience providing hope and strength for tens of thousands of children throughout Maryland. Center for Hope will provide a path to recovery for survivors of domestic violence, many of whom live with challenges like depression or mental illness, through the LifeBridge Health DOVE Program, available to help victims around the clock. Community mentors from the Kujichagulia Center and violence interrupters from Safe Streets Baltimore will work to break the cycle of aggression and crime in the community with support from experts at Center for Hope. And seniors will turn to experts at Center for Hope as we work to promote Elder Justice in Baltimore. 

Center for Hope will provide extensive intervention and prevention services as we work to combat the incidence as well as the emotional, physical and financial impact of violence in Baltimore. Impacted individuals will benefit from the experience of experts who understand the connections across the violence spectrum, from the abused child living with a parent suffering from depression and mental illness, to the gang member on the street dealing with gun violence who goes home to care for an elderly grandparent. Trained professionals and volunteers will deliver services with sensitivity and compassion, offering privacy, anonymity and protection for those who seek our help. This collaborative space will provide necessary trauma-focused services such as crisis response, forensic and medical examinations, mental health, victim advocacy, education, and outreach as we dig deeply to address the root causes of abuse and violence.