The mission of the Community Center is to distinguish itself in the city of Baltimore as a forward thinking, challenging, embracing, and holistic place of service. The Community Center takes the "e" in St. Frances of Rome's name seriously. It stands for the responsibility and privilege to educate, edify, empower and entertain our neighbors of every race, age, religion and socioeconomic background. The Community Center seeks to represent the founding vision of Mother Mary Lange and the Oblate Sisters of Providence in the 21st century.
It opened in the winter of 2002 and spans 33,500 square feet of great, multi-functional space: a gymnasium, multi-purpose room, conference room, seven classrooms, a state of the art kitchen, weight room, and community health suite which serves as the school nurse's office during the school year.
Our ongoing programs include GED classes, job hunting assistance, a nutritious & cost effective cooking class, an after school program,and summer camp for neighborhood children as well as voter registration and community mediation services.
Special annual events include:
- Martin Luther King Day Jobs Fair
- The Halloween Party and Haunted House
- The Read-a-thon
- The Bea Gaddy Day Food Drive
- Books and Baseball Summer Camp
Adjacent to the Community Center is a large, outdoor ceramic mural dedicated to the Oblate Sisters of Providence. In 2004, stepping-stones and benches were added to the area near the mural to make it a place of relaxation and reflection on the Oblate Sisters historic struggle for civil rights. The mural is named after a poem written by Maya Angelou entitled, "And Still I Rise." Next to that mural is one painted by staff and volunteers of Comcast Cable Company on its "Comcast Cares" Day, in April of 2010. It helps us celebrate Comcast's very generous support of Peace Camp at SFA.
Most events and activities are free and open to the public, including St. Frances Academy students and their parents or guardians. Students are always welcome to volunteer to help out with Community Center activities as part of fulfilling their community service hours. Prior authorization from their teacher and the Community Center staff is required.
Five classrooms on the second floor of the Community Center are used by the school for instruction during the school day while the community center uses two. St. Frances students and staff use the gymnasium during the day in addition to athletic practices and events during the afternoons, evenings, and on weekends.
Space in the Community Center-Gymnasium is available for public rental for a reasonable fee. Call the school for more information, (410) 539-5794.