Needy receive grant to provide health clinic
The Middendorf Foundation of Baltimore announced a $250,000 grant this week to open a health clinic for needy people in southwest Baltimore.
The project, known as Open Gates Inc., is an outgrowth of Paul's Place, which operates a large community kitchen and provides free clothing and legal services from headquarters at the Episcopal Church of St. Paul the Apostle on Washington Boulevard.
The Rev. Philip B. Roulette, who is on the boards of both those ministries and serves as outreach adviser to the foundation, says the clinic would open by the end of this year. Open Gates is still looking for a building to house the clinic near Paul's Place in the Pigtown-Washington Village area.
He says the clinic would be managed by a nurse and provide an array of free services, including blood pressure checks, screening for tuberculosis and other diseases, health care referrals, and educational programs in drug and alcohol abuse, prenatal care and parental skills. The clinic will operate five or six days a week.
The Middendorf grant is enough to start Open Gates, says Mr. Roulette, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Glyndon. One likely source for sustaining it would be the network of about 20 churches, mostly Episcopal, that assists Paul's Place.
The Sikh population of greater Baltimore has grown enough to support construction of the first Sikh temple here, the Gurudwara Sahib, which is to open Sunday in Randallstown.
The day is a harvest celebration in the Sikh religion, which began in the 15th century as a casteless offshoot of Hinduism in India. There are about 300,000 Sikhs in the United States and about 110 families in the Sikh Association of Baltimore, says Prabhjot S. Kohli, the organization's incoming general secretary. Sikhs around Baltimore have been gathering for Sunday worship in each other's homes or traveling to the nearest temple in Silver Spring, he says.
Mr. Kohli says his association chose to build the temple on 11 acres at 3423 Chapman Road in Randallstown because "it was the best deal we got." The land cost about $65,000 and the temple $300,000, he says. It will seat as many as 200 people.
Mr. Kohli says worship at the temple would actually begin at 6 a.m. tomorrow with the start of a continuous 48-hour reading of the Guru Granth Sahib, the 1,420-page Sikh holy book. Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden is expected to attend the inauguration ceremony, set at 12:15 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited.
An Italian choral group, Nova Schola Gregoriana, will perform Gregorian chants tonight in the Basilica of the Assumption, Cathedral and Mulberry streets. The Gregorian chant is an ancient form of sung prayer in the Catholic tradition.
Nova Schola Gregoriana was formed in 1973, on the recommendation of scholars and practitioners of the chant, to interpret the music in light of contemporary research into its symbolism and scale arrangements.
Admission is free to the 8 o'clock performance.
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