In 2009, a homeless man passed away from the cold on the streets of Essex, Maryland.

He was not the first nor the last, as several local churches learned. Although they did not know who he was or where he came from, his passing right in their neighborhood helped them understand a true and lasting problem. They realized that although there were systems in place to care for the homeless in Southeast Baltimore County, someone could still lose his life to the elements.

Why? Was shelter not enough? Ending homelessness is more than finding a place with a roof and walls. It is about friends and neighbors who will care for someone, even when everyone else in his life has given up.

Streets of Hope provides 16 beds and warm meals to homeless men in the cold weather months, serving 30 to 50 men per year. The time limit keeps our guests actively looking for physical and spiritual improvement so they are prepared to move on when the shelter closes in April. With a coalition of church volunteers from all denominations, we build relationships with our guests that carry beyond our open months. These relationships lead to jobs, new homes, and lasting support networks.

We incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2010 to garner support from our churches, the public and Baltimore County. Since then we continue to make new success stories with the men we serve. Help us battle homelessness today.


Churches for Streets of Hope, a non-profit organization, brings high quality, compassionate care to individuals experiencing homelessness or who are otherwise in need, by mobilizing the faith community and others in Baltimore County to bring high quality and compassionate care to neighbors experiencing homelessness or otherwise in need, thus rekindling hope and aspiration in those we serve as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

OUR Vision

To function as a coalition of churches, community groups, volunteers, and others that provides:

· low-barrier, professional shelter services to men;

· a place where individuals can find empathetic support and a sense of belonging;

· a central location that offers essential resources;

· a valuable and dependable partnership with Baltimore County;

· relationship building among Christian communities as they work together.


Churched for Streets of Hope began with a coalition of area churches who wanted to help our local homeless community. It now includes over 30 members who participate in our ministry, and we are always looking for more. Churches can participate and vote on essential vision decisions in our annual meeting. Find out how to get your church involved with Streets of Hope by emailing dirofoperations@churchesforsoh.org

Member Churches

Congregations that provide monetary support in addition to in-kind help.

Back River UMC | Boulevard Christian Church | Camp Chapel UMC | Chase UMC | Cowenton UMC | Dundalk Evangelical Presbyterian Church | First Baptist Church of Back River | Hope Lutheran Church | Orems UMC | Piney Grove UMC | Prince of Peace Lutheran Church | St. John's Lutheran Church, Essex | St. Peter / Eastpoint Lutheran Church | Victory Villa Baptist Church

Partner Churches and Organizations

Congregations and groups that provide in-kind support (serving meals, volunteers, etc.)

Boulevard Diner | Chesaco UMC | Cub Scout Pack 451 | Essex UMC | First Church of God - Essex | Forever Friends Fullerton Community Fellowship | The House of God | The Impact Project | Isaiah Baptist Church | Jesus of Nazareth Free Will Baptist Church Lighthouse Chapel International | Mars Hill Baptist Church | Military Family Relief Fund | New Light Lutheran Church | New Vision for Life Kingdom Builders Church | Our Lady of Hope / St. Luke's Catholic Church | Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church and Schools Patapsco UMC / Lodge Forest UMC | Red Hat Ladies | St. Matthew Lutheran Church | St. Stephen's AME Church | Towson UMC | Word of Life Chapel International | Zion UCC |