Our Mission

A Small Multi-Purpose Community Center

The purpose of the Julie Community Center is to work with the residents of east/southeast Baltimore, in particular, those on low or fixed incomes, to help them access needed resources and support, and develop instruments that both combat poverty and urban decline, and foster individual and neighborhood pride, participation, and self-determination.

Our History

The Julie Community Center (JCC) was established in 1975 by Sisters of Notre Dame of the Maryland Province and residents of East Baltimore. Incorporated in September of 1976 as a 501 (c)(3), the Julie Center has served the southeast and east Baltimore communities for over 40 years.

Since its inception, the JCC has functioned as a partnership with the residents of East Baltimore, City government and schools, Community Associations, other outreach organizations in the region and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, especially its School of Nursing. Since 1993, Notre Dame Mission Volunteers have become a vital part of the staff, staffing and coordinating programs and projects.

The Board of Directors oversees Center programs and budgets, makes policy decisions, and both hires and guides the Director. The composition of the Board is 51% residents or people who work in the local community and 49% professionals from across the City. At least one Sister of Notre Dame de Namur is a member of the Board of Directors. The Board meets quarterly and reviews the progress of the Center’s programs, sets goals for existing outreach, and approves plans for new commitments/services.

The Julie Community Center listens to the community to hear its needs and works with all stakeholders to find ways to meet those needs.

Our Community Outreach

Among the Julie Center’s current community outreach that furthers the mission are the following:

  1. Provide Summer “Peace Camp” for local youth
  2. Provide the GED classes at the Community Resource Center
  3. Organize community service projects and activities with neighborhood senior citizens
  4. Leadership training for teens
  5. Health services and coordination of care for seniors at Apostolic Towers and families at
    the Esperanza Center and Head Start in partnership with Johns Hopkins nursing students
  6. Hosting after-school programs for Wolfe Street Academy, a Baltimore City PC
  7. Child Care Careers Training Program
  8. Food Pantry services bolstered by the generous efforts of the Maryvale students