Paul's Place Response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Making the decision yesterday to close Paul’s Place temporarily was a difficult one.  As we monitored events around the world, in our state, and most particularly in our city, we determined it was the best course of action for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests.

As city and state resources mobilized in anticipation of the need for food and medical care throughout the area, and as we adjusted and suspended services due to gathering ordinances for the safety of our staff, volunteers and the community at large, we noted a decline in the number of guests joining us at Paul’s Place each day. We know this is not due to a lack of need, but results from temporary changes in operations at both city and non-profit human service organizations. For example, homeless shelters normally closed to guests during the day have become 24-hour living facilities with food and other services onsite and school-age children are receiving meals provided by area schools.

Knowing that an increased need for the support and services we provide at Paul’s Place will exist when the pandemic has subsided and organizations return to their normal operations, we continue to work: 

  • with other agencies and city leaders to monitor the pandemic and connect the community with resources. 
  • with guests who have been engaged with our case management team to ensure the progress made continues. 
  • with our volunteers, friends, and donors because we want to support all of those who have supported us for so long.

We’re so grateful to all of our dedicated volunteers and donors, as well as the outpouring of support through kind words and financial donations. Our decision to limit outbound services and increase work behind the scenes will sustain us and make it possible for our work in Southwest Baltimore to continue when people will need us most.

Thank you. 

Updated – March 24th, 2020