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The mission of the Hampden Family Center is to enrich the lives of Hampden residents through education and professional support, and to encourage individual growth and community fellowship. Need assistance in attaining such benefits as food stamps? Call to schedule an appointment or stop by 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Thursday or Friday. Join Hampden seniors in fellowship and good fun at the next senior luncheon, held the third Friday of each month 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Please call 410-467-8710 to reserve your seat. Get in shape for 50+!

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Christmas at the Family Center!

Calling All Christmas Angels

Be an angel this holiday season and adopt a Hampden child for Christmas. The Family Center sponsors the Christmas Angel Program for children in need ages 0-12. Call 410-467-8710 or stop by the center for more information.

Annual Christmas Party Needs Toy Donations

If you would like to donate toys for children 12 and under to be distributed at our annual Christmas party please feel free to do so. We would wholeheartedly welcome your donation and you will put a smile on the face of a child!

Save the Date for Our Christmas Party!

Annual Hampden Family Christmas Party on December 12th from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy holiday carols, craft activities and yummy treats while visiting with Santa! Families must pre register their children 12 and under to receive a small wrapped gift. If you are planning to attend please call 410-467-8710 to register and receive your ticket. Space is limited so please don’t wait!


This Month at the Family Center

A Taste of Hampden: Thank you to our supporters!

The Charmery at A Taste of Hampden 2015Thanks to all of the many restaurants that participated in A Taste of Hampden this year and to the merchants that donated goods. The Taste was a tremendous success due in no small measure to the big hearts of the local establishments that joined us for an evening of food, fun, wine and music. Your generosity and support of the Family Center is greatly appreciated! Thanks to: Alchemy, The Art House, Asian Taste, Birroteca/The Nickel Taphouse, Blue Pit BBQ and Whiskey Bar, Café Cito, Café Hon, The Charmery, Common Ground Café and Coffee, Corner Charcuterie Bar, Daniela’s Pasta & Pastries, The Food Market, Frazier’s On The Avenue, Golden West Café, Holy Frijoles, Luigi’s Italian Deli, Ma Petite Shoe + Café, Rocket to Venus, and The Wine Source!

Many thanks to Paula Bogert for her wonderful design of the invitation, volunteers from Notre Dame University of Maryland for their help sprucing up the place, Libby Francis and The Modest Florist for beautiful blooms, our music aficionado Daniel Wylie, Deb Falkenhan for gathering the goods and organizing an amazing raffle, our sponsors The Johns Hopkins University an Terra Nova Ventures, LLC., and last but not least, The Boys of Hampden!

After-School Enrichment Program

The After-School Enrichment Program provides daily academic support and enrichment activities to children in grades 1 through 5. The program runs from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and currently costs $25 per month, per child. With a focus on strengthening and improving skills through applied learning and enrichment, this year’s activities include homework help, and classes in art, music, science, and gardening, Tae Kwon Do, and skateboarding. Spaces fill quickly. To register, call 410-467-8710, ext. 106.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

If you have children 5 years and younger and/or are pregnant or 6 months postpartum, please visit the center to speak with Rhonda from WIC. By appointment only – please call 410-614-4848. WIC is on site the second Thursday of the each month: November 12 and December 10


Adult Literacy

Adult Literacy ClassBrush up on the skills you need to earn your General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Fall Registration will be held Thursday, October 8 at 5:30 p.m. Classes begin October 13 and are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feel free to stop by to get information and speak with Georgina, the instructor. These classes are free in partnership with Strong City Baltimore (formerly Greater Homewood Community Corporation).

Computer Classes

Computer Classes led by Poindexter SolutionsLed by Poindexter Solutions, this free class will cover Windows 8.1 and Office 2013 over the course of six weeks. This class is intended for beginners and will take place on Wednesday from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Space is very limited. Please call 410-467-8710 for more information.


Senior Luncheon

Join Hampden seniors in fellowship and good fun on the third Friday of every month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Please call 410-467-8710 to reserve your seat. The next luncheons are scheduled for November 20 and December 18.



Blood Pressure Screenings

Offered the third Friday of each month 11 a.m.-12 p.m. A cardiovascular educator from Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital will be on hand to measure your blood pressure and discuss the results with you.



New Program! Life Balance/Weight Management

Life Balance/Weight Management. This FREE 16-week, one hour per week class focuses on helping participants to make healthy lifestyle changes. These lifestyle changes have been known to decrease the risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. The program is facilitated by a registered nurse who will help support participants to make positive health changes. Topics include:

  • Effective ways to lose and maintain weight loss
  • Healthy eating
  • Fitness and exercise
  • Coping skills
  • Problem solving
  • Ways to manage stress

Dates: September 16 – December 31
Schedule: Wednesday, 1 - 2 p.m.
Registration: Wednesday, September 16, p.m. FREE
Sponsored by MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

Volunteers Needed! Internship Opportunities Available!

Are you looking to give back to the community and/or gain work experience? If so, consider applying for one of our available positions.

Energy Assistance (MEAP)

If you need a little help with your gas or electric bill, stop by the Family Center and speak with Walter Jackson who can help you apply for energy assistance. Walter is on site Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call 410-467-8710 to make an appointment.

Benefit Assistance

Need assistance with applying for food stamps or other benefit programs? Through a quick screening, the Benefits Counselor can determine your eligibility and provide assistance in the application process. Please contact the center to schedule an appointment with Sandy. Sandy is on site Monday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fitness for 50+

Get into shape with an exercise class for those 50 and older! Led by a trained professional from MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, classes are every held Tuesday 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fuel Fund of Maryland

A representative is on site every Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. to assist those in need of additional resources for utility bills. Please call 410-467-8710 to make an appointment as there are required documents to be furnished.

About the center

On June 10, 1995, the Hampden Family Center became fully operational, providing services to any Hampden resident. Learn more about how the center started.

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