A coalition of community groups in the Upton/Druid Heights neighborhood has won a $75,000 grant to develop a youth violence prevention plan for the neighborhood after being featured in a Baltimore Sun series on the hidden impacts of Baltimore's crime problem.
The three-day series, Collateral Damage, detailed how children, caregivers, grieving moms and others all suffer when living in violent neighborhoods. The emotional and mental trauma can span generations.
The groups featured in the series - Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, Communities United, UMMC R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Roberta’s House, and Promise Heights - have all been working to address the problems and hope they can do more with the new funding. They came together after The Sun series.
The grant was among 18 given by The BUILD Health Challenge to organizations working to improve health in low-income communities. Upton/Druid Heights is one of the sickest and most violent in Baltimore.
The BUILD Health Challenge was founded by The Advisory Board Company, the deBeaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.