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Baldwin Center Inc

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Causes: Children & Youth, Congregate Meals, Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Emergency Assistance, Food, Human Services, Neighborhood Centers, Youth Centers & Clubs

Mission: feed, clothe, educate and empower the disadvantaged of Pontiac

Results: The Baldwin Center operates a menu of programs serving our neighbors from the very youngest to the very oldest. In cooperation with other local agencies and with the help of local congregations, volunteers and a large amount of in-kind contributions, Baldwin was able to offer assistance and support through the following projects and programs in 2011:   Feed • Baldwin Family Soup Kitchen – 66,405 meals were served in 2011 (43,835 lunches and 4,680 dinners). • Homeless Breakfast and Shower Program -men and women receive food and a hot shower. 7,246 breakfasts were served in 2011 and 589 showers were taken. • Youth Program- During the after school program (dinner and snack) and during the summer enrichment camp (breakfast, lunch and snack), children are fed. 9,040 meals were served in Baldwin's youth program in 2011. • Holiday Food Distribution - 621 families received four weeks' worth of food including fixings for a holiday meal in a basket at Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2011. • Food Recovery - Day old bread, baked goods and other fresh food items are collected six days a week by volunteers from area food markets, local farmers, and restaurants, for distribution to local families, free of charge. • Urban Garden- Baldwin has three gardening sites on its property; two traditional gardens and a 1,440 square foot hoophouse which provides year round gardening. Youth and other community members tend and harvest the garden. Food is used in the soup kitchen, sold at market and also brought home to the youth families. • Emergency Food Boxes- 43 boxes of emergency food were distributed to families in need. • Focus: HOPE Food Distribution Program - Once a month Pontiac senior citizens received a delivery of commodity food items. 1,650 boxes of food were delivered in 2011 • Summer Lunch- Baldwin, along with local partners, provided 1,879 summer lunches to area children. Clothe • Clothing Closet Program – 14,696 low income individuals and families visited the Clothing Closet in 2011. They received clean clothing, sheets, blankets and small house hold items free of charge. Victims of fires, residents of the local domestic violence and substance abuse shelters also used the facility. 88 HAVEN clients, the local domestic violence shelter, used the clothing closet and an additional 45 residents of local substance abuse shelters used the program. • Lighten Your Load – 339 individuals and families used the washers and dryers at the Baldwin to wash 1,404 loads of laundry in 2011. • Hats and Gloves- Hats and gloves are distributed to all at the soup kitchen throughout the winter months. 551 sets of hats and gloves were distributed in 2011. • Holiday Store Program – 1,315 low-income individuals received clothing and other gift items during the Christmas holiday. • Baby Food/Diaper Program – Donations of baby food and formula and 233 sets of diapers were passed on to clients who need temporary assistance feeding and diapering their babies. 37 newborn layettes were also distributed. • Feminine Hygiene- 187 women were provided with feminine hygiene products. • Back-to-School Program – 60 children received new school clothes, underwear, socks, and shoes to begin the school year; over 600 school bags filled with new school supplies were given out. Educate • After School Program – Open to elementary and middle school students Monday-Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., this program offers a hot meal, tutoring, and enrichment and recreation activities. Over 150 students were enrolled in the program and on average 35 children attended each day. • Summer Enrichment Day Camp – 63 children (1st-6th grades) participated in a seven-week summer program that included morning reading and math tutoring sessions and afternoon activities such as arts & crafts, outdoor sports, and field trips to museums, the beach and other local attractions. 47 children also spent a week at Camp Kinawind in Boyne Falls, Michigan; the older children went backpacking on South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan. • Trips for Kids- children were taken on mountain bike rides at area parks every other Saturday during the summer. • GED- Baldwin offers free computer based GED assistance. Four individuals received their GED certification. • ESL- Baldwin partners with Hispanic Education and Life Skills Program to offer English as a Second Language classes three times a week. Classes also include citizenship and computer instruction. Empower • Client Needs – In cooperation with other area human service agencies we help families and individuals with rent, utility bills, and other housing needs. $120,686 was distributed to families in need during 2011. • Pharmacy Assistance – Prescription cost for low-income clients who are unable to afford necessary medications. • Bicycles- 41 Bicycles were given to those needing transportation in 2011. • Case Management- In addition to meeting emergency financial needs Baldwin’s case manager helps individuals budget and reach out to other systems of support. • Justice for Our Neighbors- Baldwin hosts an immigration legal clinic for low-income residents once a month. • Alcoholics Anonymous – Meetings are on-site Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays. • Health Classes- Diabetes coaching and yoga classes were offered weekly. • Flu Shots, Health Screening- area health providers come to administer flu shots and conduct blood pressure and diabetes screening monthly. 55 flu shots were given at Baldwin. The Detroit Presbytery also sponsored a one-day health fair with a variety of health services offered. Significant accomplishments in 2011 include expanding our GED, fitness, wellness and urban gardening programs, being named a Charter One Champion in Action, and in 2011 Baldwin began offering evening meals twice a week. Baldwin also continues leveraging our relationship with Oakland University to strengthen our academic tutoring and expanding our fitness programs for youth. Additionally, a new relationship with Feed the Need began where area restaurants sponsor a meal in the soup kitchen 1-2 times a month.

Target demographics: The Baldwin Center serves the emergency basic needs of the poor in Pontiac. Pontiac encompasses zip codes 48340, 48341, 48342. Most of the people who receive services at Baldwin live in zip code 48342. Baldwin serves the very young through the very old. The neighborhood (census tract 1417), in which the Baldwin Center is located and the City of Pontiac are home to a large proportion of disadvantaged families and individuals.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50,000+

Geographic areas served: Pontiac, Michigan

Programs: Today Baldwin’s mix of programs include the Family Kitchen which provides meals seven days a week; the clothing closet which provides used clothing to approximately 100 individuals a day; and the youth center where more than thirty-five youth gather each day after school and in the summer for academic support, a warm meal and engaging enrichment opportunities. The Center also provides laundry facilities, commodity distribution to low-income seniors, health screenings, healthy living classes, household items for fire victims, GED preparation, a holiday gift and food program, case management services and homeless prevention financial assistance for those facing evictions or utility shutoffs. In 2010 Baldwin has expanded its urban garden program to include a 1,440 square foot hoophouse that provides year-round growing opportunities and now hosts an English as a Second Language school.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

my name is dan and I live right across the street from the baldwin center I have offered my help and was refused by liz for what ever reason I have 3 vehicles and offered to pick up the food for them and my help was turned down liz told Patrick that I was not ever going to be one of there people and the people that depend on the harvest table have had to go with out simply because liz refused to let me help I amd retired and nothing to do except try and help out I have no idea what her problem is with me I wish I did I heared she threw my paper work out I guess she would rather the people go with out than let me help!!! all I want to do is to try and help make a difference maybe she doesn't like the fact that im handycapped!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very great place for the whole family. They threat you like family and they are always there when you need them. Great support and friendly people. EHS is a great program for the little ones, I've learn a lot while on the program I REALLY recommend this place.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working as a community partner through Oakland University in the Baldwin Center's After School program. It is an incredible program that does so much good in the community. The children in this program are given healthy food, literacy experiences, quality education, physical activity, character building, and so much more. What an incredible program, a caring staff, and gem for this community!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Baldwin Center was so fortunate to have hired Lauren Fuller as the Youth Director. She has done wonders with the children's programs. When I visited today I was so impressed at how well she has cultivated an excellent staff and atmosphere in which kids can feel respected, valued, and thrive. Kudos!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Baldwin when they were preparing the backpacks for the children to give them for the new school year. Every year they do this and it is wonderful to see the faces of children who would otherwise not receive new school supplies that belong only to them. Baldwin also serves meals to individuals and families in need, allows them the wash clothes and take showers if necessary and they give them the items needed for each. It is a wonderful place and the people who are there are the best and most friendly people around.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to the Baldwin Center since 1988 or so and they have impressed me with how much they do for their patrons. I give to them because I know that they don't sell any of the items I gift - they give them away to those in need. No other charities do that. I am trying to help them fulfill their mission to help in the Pontiac community. They are wonderful, caring people who run the programs.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteered the Baldwin Center for the first time in June of 2012, and was impressed by the amount of service provided on what is obviously a shoestring budget. Without exception, the staff is committed and caring; every time I had questions, whether in person or by phone, those I talked with took time to explain at length. I'm looking forward to my next visit!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work at the Baldwin Center facilitating nutritional classes as an Oakland County Health Educator. The women who are participating in this class, as well as other parts of the Baldwin Center's healthy living series, have had life changing experiences, all because of the programming being done at Baldin. One woman in particular who was diabetic, considered disabled and slightly overweight, has lost over 60 lbs because of nutritional changes to her diet, participting in yoga and walking club. She is now mobile without a cane, and has been able to manage her diabetes with more regularity. Everyone employed by the Baldwin Center is passionate about giving back to their community in postive sustainable ways. It's been a pleasure to be able to be part of their team and involved in the great happenings at the center.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

this program was a shock that it existed right underneath my nose. the benefits are amazing.the people are great. u really feel like you are at home and to be able to give something back. thank you baldwin center. I have a new lease on life bless you. want

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came into the Baldwin Center as an intern but to my surprise it turn out to be much more than an internship. Baldwin Center is like a family whether your employed here, a volunteer or are enrolled into their services/programs they treat you with the up most respect. Not only am I an intern here, I am also a parent who's child is involved in the summer program. The summer program is a wonderful program that encourages, teaches, and empowers the kids involved. It gives the parent and the kids a feeling of safety. I have came to be a person that will tell anyone who will listen the great things that Baldwin Center offers and their contributions to the Pontiac area. This is a program that should be duplicated in different cities. If anyone has the time or the passion to make a change or make someone or themselves feel good Baldwin Center is the place to volunteer. Also the food in the soup kitchen is wonderful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at the Baldwin Center a little over a month ago for a class I am taking. My experience here has been nothing short of amazing. The staff is friendly and welcoming and the programs offered are some of the best I've seen at a non-profit. The Baldwin Center does so much for the city of Pontiac and I'm proud to be able to lend a hand!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had the pleasure of working with the Baldwin Center with a program that assisted families with nutrition and excercise program for adults and children in our diverse community. We needed space to host the program, Lisa and her staff were so accommodating and met our expectation with a excellent outcomes . Families were excited to participate and the space was very much accommodating for all participants. We are forever grateful for the Baldwin Center and their staff and are a truly commitment to serve our communities. Debra Ehrmann

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering here for a few years now. The number of different programs that go on here are just amazing. In my time with the Baldwin Center I've done everything from going on bike rides with the youth to delivering food to the elderly to working in the gardens with developmentally challenged young adults. Its incredible how many and how varied the Baldwin Center's programs are.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered here numerous times and have been pleasantly met with kindness and lots of opportunity. The goal of the staff at Baldwin Center is to create a positive environment and serve the people of Pontiac. I recommend The Baldwin Center for anyone looking to help the community of Pontiac or receive help!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have taken a number of groups of teens to volunteer at the Baldwin Center. The staff are kind and appreciative. They always have worthwhile projects for teens to complete. I look forward to taking a group back in the fall.

1 Jennifer109

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked with the staff at the Baldwin Center on a wide variety of initiatives including increasing the amount of physical activity the kids get in the after school and summer programs, improving the healthfulness of the foods served to families,and increasing opportunities for physical activity in adults. The Baldwin Center staff are some of the most dedicated and caring individuals I've met, and they know how to get things done effectively and efficiently to meet the needs of the community. Their collaborations with other organizations in the community and Oakland University allow them to utilize resources and expertise to continuously improve their service to the families of Pontiac. If you've got an idea, they're always willing to listen.

Sarah65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Baldwin Center focuses on the grassroots needs of Pontiac. Their comprehensive services and programs are designed to assist individuals of all ages. I have enjoyed working with the clients and learning about the Pontiac community. The staff and volunteers are caring, warm and compassionate people, and I look forward to working with them again. Keep up the great work !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer with the after-school physical activity program and have had the best experience! The staff is terrific and very engaging to get the children active and participate in enrichment, academic and recreational activities. I think the best thing that I have witnessed during the past year at the Baldwin Center is the relationships that the staff and volunteers have with the children. The Baldwin Center provides a safe, friendly and loving environment for at-risk children living in poverty.

Jim_15

Board Member

Rating: 4

It was privileged to help serve dinner last Thursday night at the Baldwin Center. By serving those wonderful people, I received much more than I gave. Franklin Community Church, Franklin, Mi will continue to do all we can for the Baldwin Center.

Christine F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Baldwin center is the heart of the community! The services and staff are invaluable to the people who need help, and, I believe that they are also invaluable to the people who volunteer. Sometimes hearts are healed by helping as much as by being helped. I love going to Baldwin and helping, everyone should have this experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to the baldwin soup kitchen with my highschool- Avondale highschool. I helped pour the kool-aid into the people's cup that came into the soup for food and just to get out of the cold that day. Some ways that i made the people there feel comfortable was by them this about my school and what sports i play and just having a general conversation with them this made me feel happy and proud of myselof to see myself helping those who are in need. When i served them i called them mam and sir.Then said would you like some kool-aid. They responded yes. But there while i was in the soup kitchen people gave me complients on how in was doing they really liked my smile. They even asked me to comeback one day again. I really hope that i could get to see those people again to greet them and make their day with my smile and making laugh. It was a really good example of community service

Client Served

Rating: 5

My expirence with the baldwin center is great, I have been here for two years and some of my favorite things about the baldwin center are that everyday you can come here insted just going home everyday, they feed us lunch, they have activites planed for us everyday, and in the summer or before it is to cold to be outside, we go on bike rides, and for me its one of the places were you dont have to be bored all the time and botherd with work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I as a sudent it is fun even thogh it was my first year. the food is grate specialy compared to school. homework help is good it helps when its some one there to help and explain to you. i hered a lot about the trips but i have not been abel to have an experience but it seems fun. over all the program is wonderful and the workers and volinters are to.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for an organization in my area that I could volunteer at on a regular basis. I went to a volunteer orientation meeting and was able to start volunteering that same week! The Baldwin Center fills so many needs in the city of Pontiac. No matter what you are interested in there is a way to help at the Baldwin center. I currently have been helping in the office. I get to hear and see how many people are helped by this organization. The staff is very friendly and easy to work with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Good people to work with with, friendly, and caring people. Everyone made sure you were happy and taking care of. Had a lot of respect for those they were helping and to those that helped them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Was put out for 3 day in the winter moths for haveing a ex-blankit it in bag

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We had a work group volunteer at the Baldwin Center this past week (right before Thanksgiving). I am amazed by the work they do and the wonderful positive attidues of the people who work there. They are doing so much for the community of pontiac and definilty making a impact. We appauld all they are doing!!!! keep up the great job!

1 tallsrx

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had been in search of a non-profit organization to volunteer my spare time to. Fortunately, through work connections, I was able to learn about the Baldwin Center. However, listening to a description of it doesn't do justice to what it feels like when you actually go see it and help. That's when you truly understand the meaning and can't help but want to join in the effort to feed, clothe, and empower people. The Baldwin Center is unique in that it not only helps those in need immediately, but is trying to help the youth avoid the notion that their current condition is the only situation they are capable of in the future. Not every non-profit out there provides a free meal, and offers tutoring and after school activities to the youth. How many non-profits are going "GREEN" and teaching gardening skills? How many non-profits have a play room for the kids and teach arts and crafts? Many people would stop at doing any one of these, yet the Baldwin Center is attempting to empower people who feel that they have absolutely nothing left with the skills and the tools to help them change their current situation. The staff that works at the Baldwin Center explains it best. When they give you a tour, they don't tell you where they need help or suggest what you can donate. They walk you around, describe what their goals are, and tell you to keep an open mind and listen to your heart. It's your heart that will tell you what difference you can make. After spending just a few minutes in this facility, you cannot help but humbly "hear" what you can do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I have watched the Baldwin Center grow to a non-profit organization that is serving the entire Pontiac community. It always amazes me when I see the extent the staff will go to to assist the clients. They have showers for the homeless, washers & dryers for clients to use. The Baldwin Center is there for those in need, whether it’s the clothes closet, or kids after school program, or assisting the abused or finding jobs and housing, etc. The Baldwin Center has activity from early morn until dusk.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved helping out the Baldwin Center! It is a place that helps the city of Pontiac so much, they Feed, Clothe, Educate and Empower the community. Helping out is a very important thing in my life, I feel that I have a commitment to help out even in the smallest way possible, because at one point in our lives we have all needed someone's help and expected someone to be there for us. Helping the Baldwin Center just made me feel good, that my small contribution will help hundreds of families. :)

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Baldwin Center is a wonderful resource in Pontiac, Michigan offering hope to those who need a little help. It is a place that welcomes people who need a warm meal, a warm coat, or a warm smile. Through the educational programs adults are earning their GED and children are beginning their education with added support from teachers at the center.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Have been donating to this center for years - always very professional and friendly. Always willing to tell you what the center is about, how you can help, where their greatest needs are, and up to date statistics about how they are making the community better. Great teaching experience for the kids. Baldwin staff was always willing to help unload our vehicles and show us how we were making a difference too. Baldwin made us feel very welcome, every time.

Ann A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Baldwin Center staffs are truly a dedicated group of indiviguals who are determined day in & day out to feed, clothe & empower the homeless who arrive at their door on any given day. Their care & concern is felt by their clients & volunteers alike! I once heard through a very casual conversation of a need for new socks simply so their clients would have a clean pair to put on their feet after they'd showered. How APPRECIATIVE & PLEASED were the clients & stafffs to have recieved SOCKS, yes SOCKS!!! (Little things CAN make a BIG difference! I LOVE SERVING WITH THEIR TEAM AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY!!! : ) THANK YOU, BALDWIN CENTER!!!

Rachael S.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Everyone was very friendly, even though the weather was bad. The center was also very busy! We were working on the greenhouse that they built to help feed the people of Pontiac. I thought the project was very cool. I would love to volunteer there again some time.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for an organization that engaged high school students in service in the community. The students I work with have volunteered with Baldwin Center over the past 9 years. The staff at Baldwin Center care deeply about the children, families and adults that they work with on a daily basis. Our buildOn members always enjoy their time volunteering at the Baldwin Center!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a teacher, volunteer, and a professional with experience in this field. I work with people with disabilities and we volunteer at the Baldwin Center. I am also a clergy-person who works with congregations. I have been totally impressed with the Baldwin Center and the quality of the program provided for the community of Pontiac. The staff are so very inclusive, it is amazing to me. I love going to spend time there and be a part of a place where ALL people are valued. That is rare in this day and age. Thank you for the ministry you do Baldwin Center.

Donor

Rating: 5

I follow on facebook and my daughter has been a volunteer for a couple of years. I love seeing the children and families this organization helps, I believe they are making a great positive difference in the lives of many.

Sarah W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a fun place to volunteer! The satff really cares about the people they serve, and treats volunteers very well. Always some new and exciting projects going on to get involved in. The Baldwin Center is really helping to change lives and revitalize the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Baldwin Center is a wonderful place that strives to help the residents of Pontiac, respecting who they are with no questions asked.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Baldwin Center is an example of what can be done when people come together to build community. The center empowers members through the value of dignity and respect that all are treated with who enter the doors.

Donor

Rating: 5

The baldwin center has helped people in too many was to track. I have heard of people getting help there numerous times in the past and it has always been a feel good stroy. Now I always turn to them when I know of somebody who has clothes to donate. Making sure the clothes get to the baldwin center asures me that they will be put to good use. The only thing I think they could do more of is make sure that more people were aware of the services they offer and how easy it is to get involved.

Tiffany S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Baldwin Center is fabulous to work with. Volunteers are able to engage directly with the community through the soup kitchen, clothes closet and After School program. Volunteers also work in the office to help members of the community receive various resources from funding for eviction notification and utility shut off to assisting mothers to receive baby formula to engaging other people in volunteerism at the organization.

I have personally volunteered to facilitate the After School Volunteer orientation, volunteered in the After School program, volunteered in the office to assist (by pre-screening via telephone) families with eviction notifications and utility shut offs. I've also recruited other community members to volunteer and have planned national days of service projects with the Baldwin Center.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Staff is very helpful, good sense of humor, and always interested in your day, and what they can do to assist one.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been serving as a Board Member to The Baldwin Center for over a year. I have seen first hand the commitment, compassion and dedication the Baldwin staff and its volunteers give to their clientele. The Baldwin Center is more then a place where people can get three meals a day, counseling and financial assistance; but rather a place where people come to learn the skills to empower themselves to make a difference in their lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am highly impressed at the number of services Baldwin Center provides for those who are under-served in the community of Pontiac, MI. Adults enjoy ESL and fitness classes. They receive emergency funding when monies are available. And, the homeless are provided opportunity to have showers, birthday gifts, layettes for new babies, and clothing from Baldwin's Clothing Closet. Youth receive tutoring, day camp, trips, back-to-school backpacks, and special events among many educational and fun programs. We have a connection with Oakland University that gives them vision into the future and hope for success. Meals are served to hundreds of people daily. Lunches and breakfasts are hearty and generous. Almost all programs on site include a meal. Baldwin enjoys the services of thousands of volunteers from all walks of life. When I retired two years ago, I left my heart with the people on staff and especially those we served.