Paul’s Place is a catalyst and leader for change, improving the quality of life in the Washington Village/Pigtown neighborhood and the surrounding Southwest Baltimore communities. Paul’s Place provides programs, services, and support that strengthen individuals and families, fostering hope, personal dignity and growth.
In the summer of 1982, two volunteers from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Glyndon – Helen Martien and Reverend Philip Roulette – approached Reverend Edwin Stube of St. Paul the Apostle Church on Washington Boulevard with their vision for a soup kitchen in one of the poorest communities in Baltimore City and the nation, Washington Village/Pigtown. On September 27, 1982, Paul’s Place began serving soup and sandwiches twice a week.
Word spread quickly about this new soup kitchen, and within the first two years, volunteer cooks from all faiths began preparing casseroles off-site to serve at Paul’s Place. The Hot Lunch program soon expanded to seven days a week. Also during its first two years, Paul’s Place began offering a values-based Saturday morning program and summer camp for children in the community.
By the end of its fifth year of service to the community, Paul’s Place had established a Nurses’ Clinic to provide basic health screenings to homeless and uninsured community members and began distributing clothing and bags of food. Paul’s Place continued to add programs and serve more people in need until the mid-1990s when Paul’s Place was forced to leave their space.
For two years, Paul’s Place distributed bag lunches from a storefront on Washington Boulevard while its volunteer leaders raised the funds needed to purchase and renovate a new home on Ward Street. In 1996, Paul’s Place opened its Outreach Center at 1118 Ward Street and resumed the Hot Lunch program and its other programs. Three years later, the new wing of the Outreach Center opened and Paul’s Place began a strategic planning and community asset mapping process to determine Paul’s Place niche in the community and the direction of future programming.
After more than 30 years of service to the community, Paul’s Place now offers more than two dozen services and programs to low-income individuals and families in the Washington Village/Pigtown community. As we look to the future, Paul’s Place will continue to expand our program and to partner with other organizations in our community to improve the quality of life in Washington Village/Pigtown.