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CATHERINE'S FAMILY AND YOUTH SERVICES INC

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Causes: Children & Youth, Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Employment, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services, Job Training, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The mission of Catherine’s Family and Youth Services (CFYS) organization is to help improve the quality of life for all the residents living in Northwest Baltimore City and surrounding areas. CFYS is dedicated to serving the very low, low to moderate income families, the LGBT community, and youth within our target area with services that will help improve the quality of life and family. Our Vision: To provide tools necessary to educate and empower the residents of Northwest Baltimore City with improving their quality of life and social well-being

Target demographics: Low, very low to no income and homeless families, at risk teens and children ages 9-14, LGBTQ community

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 300 children by providing back to school supplies, uniforms, toys, coats and books for the Christmas holiday. In addition we were able to feed and provide gloves or hats to over 250 homeless persons in Baltimore City, provided clothing and meals to families in need during the winter months.

Geographic areas served: Northwest Baltimore City, 21215 and surrounding communities

Programs: referrals for families that may be in need of social services, housing/utility/rental assistance, neighborhood trash removal, jobs and workforce development. Provide mentors to at risk children, host off site field trips for students in the community, provide free books and literature to children to encourage reading, back to school and community events, distribute meals for thanksgiving and Christmas, provide coats and toys for children in need for Christmas and winter months.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

From it's inception Catherine's Family and Youth Services, Inc. (CFYS) has provided quality programming and services to the Baltimore community. Developing partnerships to build volunteer opportunities, providing direct educational and enrichment experiences to youth and ensuring support services for senior citizens have been just a few of the pillars of the organization.

CFYS continues to work on signature services of after school programming, youth summer camp, meal distribution for Thanksgiving and toy collection for families during Christmas. During COVID, CFYS stepped up and joined other non profits to provide daily meals, bread deliveries and face masks for those in need. Additionally the traditional summer camp moved to a virtual platform in order to continue providing support to the youth. Recently families also benefitted from a paint night and will soon experience a family movie night to help alleviate the stressors that many have been facing during this difficult time.

As a proud board member it has been an absolute pleasure to serve and work with the organization. I am confident that CFYS will continue to grow and be even more impactful in Baltimore.



1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with this organization since the very beginning, and they have consistently and constantly given back at different levels, be it neighborhood cleanups, Thanksgiving food drives, Christmas gift drives, giving away food, helping needy families with specific needs (furniture, new baby, prom, hairstyles and cuts for kids), mentoring kids, feeding the needy, etc.. They are a awesome organization with great leadership and staff, driven by a awesome mission.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I see all of the great work they do for the community and all of the opportunities and experiences they provide for the children in the program. They make such a difference in the lives of so many and you can tell in just one visit to any of their events or activities. I never hesitate to donate as much as I can any chance I get. Money well spent.

1 Leslie M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cfys is a great nonprofit to the community. I’ve seen them delivering fresh fruit and vegetables and bread to the senior citizens in the community and hot lunches to families in need too.I really love the virtual summer camp they had with the children. Very engaging and enjoyable for the children.I would highly recommend Cfys they are the Best.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Catherine's Family and Youth Services have done so much in the community for our youth and families. To see how the children faces light up when they come to the after school program. It's definitely a loving supportive place for them. I've seen how do many of them have opened up and trust Valarie and Shannon.I see how they grew over the year with grades and maturity. Without this program the youth would have no meal or snack to depend on after school. They all would just be hanging in the street with nothing today. CFYS has taken them on many field trips that they would probably never go to. Community and our youth is #1 for Cfys.

3 Kwame R.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

During Covid, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the great team at CFYS through a partnership with World Central Kitchen. EVERY day of the week they have been serving meals to communities in need.

2 Daedae C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Catherine’s Family and Youth Services for The Christmas giveaway is a all time tradition for me! Valerie is a long time friend and amazing leader in the community! Valerie is very passionate about helping the youth and their families! This place is definitely one of Baltimore’s best non profits hands down!!!

2 Akia J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Always willing to do what it takes for those in need! Appreciative for your contributions to the community!

3 Rachana P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Organizations like Cathrines Family and Youth Services are the glue that keep our neighborhoods together. It’s true that it takes a village to raise a child—they have not only been part of that village, but they inspire others to join. Thank you for all you are doing to empower and uplift our City.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are so many experiences I can share. I absolutely love Catherine's Family and Youth Services. I love their vision, energy, heart for the people in Baltimore, drive and determination.

As president of Parklane Neighborhood Association, Inc., I have had the pleasure of working with CFYS on several different community projects, such as their annual Thanksgiving Give-a-Way, where they feed hundreds of families. I've also partnered with them on our annual community outreach project. Currently, they are working to serve countless seniors who are homebiund because of COVID-19. They are also running an after school program at the same time, while they provide countless residents with on-going services like food, job assistance, youth mentoring and other social servives. Valarie seems to have boundless energy and amazing compassion. I also had the privilege to serve on the Board of Neighborhoods United along side Valarie Matthews and Shannon Morgan. Catherine's Family and Youth Services is a great non-profit. I wish there were non-profits like this one.

3 Sonia S.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Valarie has been such a blessing to House of Diamondz. We have built neighborhood pantries and she fills them whenever possible with food for the community. We all appreciate you so much!!!

4 Kortnei L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Valerie and Catherine’s Family and Youth Services has always been about helping out the community. Every single thing they do is from the heart. They give back to the community and deliver top notch services for children and youth.

3 Danielle R.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great experience. It was a pleasure volunteering. The staff is amazing and the kids are very loving. The entire program is outstanding

3 Devin H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered with Catherine’s Family and Youth Services for three years in a row. Never have I been apart of such a organized and professional non profit. When you step in you are welcomed and feel like you’re apart of a great team. Everyone possesses a positive can do attitude towards the ultimate goal of helping members of the community. Catherine Family and Youth Services is comprised of a dedicated team to serve and uplift the Baltimore community. I love you guys!

3 Dana A White S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The nonprofit has and will continue to do great things within the community that have bestowed a positive outlook and image in the youth, helping them to better understand the meaning of life, to help others, and do the right things with their futures. Keep up the good work cuzzins!