Intersection of Change (formerly Newborn Holistic Ministries) is a community-based nonprofit focused on community development in west Baltimore. The organization is dedicated to providing programs that enrich the economic, social and spiritual lives of those dealing with poverty related issues in the Sandtown-Winchester and surrounding communities.
Work to date has resulted in significant neighborhood revitalization of the 1900 and 2000 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue through the full renovation of six previously vacant and dilapidated buildings, transformation of 18 vacant lots into community green spaces and meditative gardens, the creation of a dozen neighborhood murals, and conversion of 96,000 sq./ft. of vacant lots into an urban farm.
Programs by Intersection of Change include:
Martha’s Place: A recovery program for women overcoming drug addiction and homelessness that offers both a six-month transitional phase as well as a long-term independent housing phase. The program helps women achieve sobriety while maintaining a job and housing and serves approximately 50 women per year.
Jubilee Arts: A comprehensive art program that uses art as a catalyst for social change, as a tool for empowerment, and an alternative to the dangers of drugs and violence in the community. Jubilee Arts provides 23 art classes (in ceramics, visual arts, dance, and business) six days a week with three annual semester sessions as well as cultural activities to both children and adults and serves over 2,000 people annually.
Strength to Love II: A program that operates an urban farm and serves ex-offenders returning to the community from incarceration. The farm entails 16 greenhouses totaling 96,000 square feet, addresses community food desert issues, and offers employment to ex-offenders. The program also supports ex-offenders with ID renewals, transportation to appointments, and food gift certificates.