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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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Lots of changes happening at the Family Center

Change is here! There has been a lot of activity at the Family Center over the last month in preparation for the many changes that will take place over the next several months. This is such an exciting time as we will be renovating “our home” and your center for the future. Improvements will include additional classrooms, meeting and office spaces, computer labs and more. Once the renovations are complete we will be able to offer more programs and services! We always want to hear from you if you have any suggestions for programs and services you would like to see the Family Center offer.
The Family Center has temporarily relocated to St. Luke’s Church (800 West 36th St.) at the opposite end of The Avenue. All programs and services are operating out of  St. Luke’s and it’s business as usual. As always we are here for you – please feel free to stop by for a visit or call 410-467-8710 with any questions.

A Taste of Hampden on November 3 - Get your tickets now!

A Taste of Hampden 2016 on Nov. 3

Join us for another fabulous party where notable Hampden chefs will be serving their very best dishes and in a great new venue. Proceeds benefit Family Center programs and services.
When? Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6-9 p.m.
Where? The Ideal Arts Space, 905 West 36th Street
How much? $40 per person Get tickets now!


Fall Programming


The Freshstart evidence-based approach is geared to help participants increase their motivation to quit, learn effective approaches for quitting and guide them in making a successful quit attempt. The evidence-based components of Freshstart include:

  • Motivational intervention activities
  • Practical counseling (problem-solving skills)
  • Social support
  • Education about medication and approaches to quitting

Dates: Wednesdays October 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 6–7:30 p.m.

Life Balance/Weight Management

This FREE 16-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.

The class meets 1–2 p.m. and begins September 26, 2016. The class will enroll new participants in October.

Fitness for 50+

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


After-School Enrichment Program

The After-School Enrichment Program provides homework help and positive youth development activities Monday – Friday, 2:30-5:30 p.m. for children in grades 1-5. Your child can do better in school through individual tutoring and homework help working with a staff and volunteers on their reading, writing and math skills. In addition, your child will enjoy Taekwondo, music, skateboarding, art and gardening just to name a few. **Call center for space availability**

Study Buddy

This program offers one-on-one tutoring for students in grades K-12. Students are matched with volunteers for one-on-one tutoring. Call Doug, Program Manager 410-467-8710 to discuss your child’s needs and specific start date. Program meets Tuesday 6–7 p.m. beginning in October.

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 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. the second Thursday of the month:

October 13 , November 10, December 8

Senior Luncheon

Join us 11 a.m.– 1 p.m. the third Friday of the month, Friday, October 21, for a hot meal with friends, and a few rounds of bingo. A nurse is on site for blood pressure screenings. Senior Lunches are free, but advance registration is required as seating is limited. Please call the center at 410-467-8710 to reserve your space.


Adult Literacy: Fall Session

Adult Literacy ClassThe Fall semester is currently underway. The Winter session will begin in January 2017. Check website for more details regarding registration and start date closer to the new year.



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.

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.

Seedco EarnBenefits

The Family Center connects residents to a wide range of benefits . Need application assistance for Food Stamps, health insurance, etc.? Please call for 410-467- 8710 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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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