A new center opening this month in Northwest Baltimore will provide comprehensive services for survivors of sexual assault, child and elder abuse, domestic violence, trafficking, and gun violence, Meredith Cohn reports for the Baltimore Sun.
What makes this center unique?
The Center for Hope, located between the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and Pimlico Race Course, may be the first facility in the nation to offer a centralized model of care where survivors can receive social services, counseling, forensic interviews, and some medical assessments. The center, which will be run by LifeBridge Health, includes about 80 staff members and plans to serve around 6,000 people each year.
While there are many organizations and facilities that serve survivors in Baltimore, the executive director of the center, Adam Rosenberg, said others have to limit their focus and geographical bounds largely due to funding restrictions. The center’s annual operating budget is $7 million, most of which comes from the U.S. Victims of Crime Act funds.
Anything else I should know?
Many of the center’s staff have already worked with survivors in the Baltimore community, including for programs such as Safe Streets and places like medical centers and domestic violence safe houses.
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