Neighborhood Design Center

2020 Week 6

Sarah Abdellah | MOMCares Before reading this week’s blog, take five minutes and check-in with yourself: How am I feeling? Have I been eating regularly? Have I been kind to myself and others? Have I had good enough sleep? Have I been in the sun? Have I stretched my muscles…
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2020 Week 5

Sarah Abdellah | MOMCares Being a part of Baltimore’s response to COVID-19 has been exhausting yet rewarding at the same time. With the implementation of social distancing and transition to remote work, we are finding new ways to do our work to support the communities we have always cared about….
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2020 Week 4

Sarah Abdellah | MOMCares It feels incredibly surreal as we reach the midpoint of the Community Impact Internship Program this Summer. As a tradition, I look back at my blog and chicken-scratch notes from the first week of the program and reflect upon how far I’ve come – what I…
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2020 Week 3

Sarah Abdellah | MOMCares As we approach the one-month benchmark of official CIIP digital interning, I thought I would share a bit about adjusting to work from home, creating new routines, and serving the Baltimore community through a screen. I start my mornings around 7 AM with some hot Nescafe…
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2020 Week 2

Sarah Abdellah | MOMCares As I log into Zoom, I see a quick preview of my head full of thick curls and my name along the bottom of the screen ‘Sarah Abdellah (she/her/hers)’. The addition of my pronouns to my username was quickly commended by Killian, one of the doulas…
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2020 Week 1

Sarah Abdellah | MOMCares We are living in a time of revolution. The Black voices in our communities have consistently been calling for change. Calling for racial justice and the dismantling of structural, systemic, interpersonal, and institutionalized racism in our country. We are also living in a time of revolution…
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2021 Week 6: Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing

DANAE BAXTER | 29TH STREET COMMUNITY CENTER During this internship I have quickly learned how small the Baltimore community is, and because of this so many nonprofit organizations lean on and work with one another to work toward a common goal. My very first week at the community center I…
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2021 Week 5: Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing

DANAE BAXTER | 29TH STREET COMMUNITY CENTER Finishing week five of this internship has been very bittersweet. I find myself reflecting on going back to my other responsibilities that come with the academic year. I’ve decided that I am absolutely going to miss working here at the Center and will…
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2021 Week 4: Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing

DANAE BAXTER | 29TH STREET COMMUNITY CENTER This week our summer programs finally started! I am finally matching names to faces and meeting the children that the staff over at the Center have been telling me so much about. I would say that this week made me think of another…
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2021 Week 3: Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing

DANAE BAXTER | 29TH STREET COMMUNITY CENTER Since the beginning of my internship, I’ve been learning about the history of the Community Center and their relationship with other organizations in the city. This summer really marks a transformative time for the Center because they are no longer a site under…
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