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The Baltimore Station, Inc.
March 25, 2010

I have been involved with the Baltimore Station since 2006 when I was hired as the architect for their renovation and expansion of the South Baltimore Station location. What could have been just another job, turned into a rewarding project and a more serious involvement with the Station, long after the project was completed. We converted an existing fire station with approximately 50 beds to an expanded facility which provides services to 92 men on site, most of whom are veterans. Throughout the process, from programming to design and through construction, the Station's administration and residents were active participants. The staff was well-informed, eager and always clear regarding the primary goal of the facility, serving the men. During this time I was on site on a weekly basis and intereacted with many of the men. In addition, I employed one of the residents to work as a draftsman for me and found the experience to be mutually beneficial. I have also volunteered and included my family and friends with the program, serving meals. My involvment has grown where I am currently Co-Chair for re-stART with ART, an annual art auction/fundraising event for the Station to raise awareness of the program through art, some of which was donated by residents. I have been very impressed with the Station's program, philosophy towards recovery and success. For an outsider, they have put a face on addiction and recovery, and shown a great committment to our veteran's. I am a better person for having become involved with the men at the Station.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting the men and learning about addiction and recovery. The program puts a face on addiction and homelessness and it's approach of responsibility is applicable to all. Designing their facility was one of the most rewarding projects I've done.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Have been engaged as architect for professional services for their facilities, volunteered, and served as Chair for fundraising event committee.,.