Today we’d like to introduce you to Torbin Green.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started almost ten years ago, as a volunteer. Initially, when I first visited, I saw kids coming and going, treating the place like home. It was a good feeling and I instantly wanted to be a part of this. A few months in, I was hired as a teacher, being “thrown into the fire” with ten young kids who all had social and educational issues.
This motivated me due to growing up dyslexic and having a teacher help me back then. As time went by, I ended up helping with program structure, youth behavior, Facilities, and the huge MSDE grant to manage and moved into the Operations & Program Director’s spot at SFNC.
To date, I am now the Interim Executive Director. This was after helping to carry the Center on from its first phase of a Capital Campaign to expand and renovate to the present challenge to complete the campaign’s final phase.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The challenge of SFNC is that small non-profits lack visibility and have to continuously fundraise for money. We out-grew the original facility and continue to grow.
We had to work through covid-19 and the construction of the new building at the same time. We are challenged to find Capital money to complete our final phase.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
The St. Francis Neighborhood Center (SFNC) has been serving the underserved communities of Reservoir Hill (RH) and Penn North (PN) in West Baltimore City (21217 zip code) since 1963.
It was founded as an outreach center for two local churches and was incorporated in 1972 as a neighborhood nonprofit, now independent of any church affiliation. SFNC’s mission is to end generational poverty through education, inspiring self-esteem, self-improvement, and strengthening connections to the community. Due to its unwavering dedication, SFNC has become an iconic presence in both neighborhoods and this year we celebrate our 56th anniversary.
The children and families served in Reservoir Hill and Penn North neighborhoods live below the federal poverty line. We offer FREE resources and educational services through our high-quality after-school program (The Power Project), Summer program (Summer Of Service Excursion), and weekly food/supply distributions. We offer wrap-around services to the Parents/Guardians and the surrounding community.
Just recently, we helped start an Afghan Welcome Center and provide services and weekly free ESL classes to the new Afghan residents of Reservoir Hill. We are the oldest Community Center in Baltimore City that does what we do.
In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
We see SFNC expanding at the original site, and also providing Centers in other neighborhoods.
- Educational/Resource Services – FREE
- Rental Space – $25+ /hour
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