Sign of the times: A former Equitable Trust branch at 111 Park Avenue, originally built as the terminal of the old Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad, is being converted into a clearinghouse for services for the homeless.
When the $1.3 million transformation is completed this spring, the homeless will be able to obtain an array of emergency services ranging from legal aid to psychological counseling at the centrally located site. Meanwhile, the Salvation Army is in the process of renovating its Booth House, at 1114 North Calvert Street, into a 30-day emergency residence for women and children forced out of their homes by fire or other circumstances.
Along with the new $1 million Our Daily Bread soup kitchen, these facilities will alleviate some of the pressure social service agencies are feeling in the midst of recession. However, their ability to help the homeless still depends on monetary and material donations and volunteers willing to serve.