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Taking the Help at HEBCAC


Last month, the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition's board of directors voted unanimously to name Lawrence "Chris" Cager Jr. president and chief operating officer of the 10-year-old non-profit community partnership. Composed of neighborhood residents, businesses, churches, and elected officials, as well as Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the organization has initiated numerous community-betterment programs, including the Domestic Violence Prevention Program, Bridges to Work, and funding to renovate vacant houses for home ownership.

"This is not just a community organization," says Cager. "This is a rare partnership, and HEBCAC is the glue that holds all the partners together."

Cager, 48, is a Maryland native whose career has been focused on community development. He comes to HEBCAC from The Enterprise Foundation, a non-profit founded by Jim and Patty Rouse to build and revitalize neighborhoods. Before he signed on as director of that organization in 1995, Cager worked with the Federal Housing Finance Board, the Pennsylvania Community Development and Finance Corporation, and CEB Development Consultants.

Another Kind of Clinic

For the first-year medical students, it's a way to serve the community apart from their work inside Hopkins Hospital. On four Saturday mornings this spring (April 20 and 27, and May 4 and 11), about 150 third, fourth and fifth graders from East Baltimore will rotate through eight different sports stations, from soccer to softball, coached by the medical students. Participants receive attention and instruction in each sport, as well as coaching about general etiquette in sportsmanship and teamwork. At the conclusion of each day, lunch is provided at no cost to the youngsters.

The annual sports clinic-a non-profit event that's been passed down to first-year classes for more than 20 years-is being held at Reed Hall, 1620 McElderry St., next to the tennis court. Volunteers and donations are welcome. For more information on this year's event, call Amir Ghaferi at 410-637-3607.


 

 

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