CAM Construction was selected as the construction manager to complete the construction of the important new 52,000 square foot, three story structure near Baltimore’s prison. The building was designed by CSD Architects as the new home of four of Catholic Charities important programs and will assist Baltimore’s challenged residents in becoming self-reliant through employment. This brick, decorative block and cast stone structure includes the Our Daily Bread soup kitchen, dining room, storage areas, classrooms, large and small conference rooms, phone/privacy room, dormitories and residential apartments for up to 60 men.
Outdoor amenities include open space areas, a basketball court and a garden which enhances its urban setting. As a testimony to the importance of the project, the September 2005 groundbreaking ceremonies brought together the Governor, Cardinal William H. Keeler, directors and trustees for Catholic Charities and three of the four living Mayors of the City of Baltimore.
The Our Daily Bread soup kitchen annually serves nearly 250,000 hot meals to an average of 683 guests. Opened in 1981, and now relocated to the Fallsway corridor, Our Daily bread is able to provide food for more guests than ever before. The Christopher Place Employment Academy, which occupies the third floor of the new structure, provides an intense 18 month residential job-readiness, education, job placement, addiction recovery program and follow-up services. Complementing the Christopher Place program is the St. Jude’s Employment Center which affords walk in aid to those seeking job readiness skills and employment referrals as unskilled or low-skilled workers.
The Samaritan center, also located in the new structure, is a joint emergency services program between Catholic Charities and the St. Vincent de Paul Society which annually assists City residents with eviction prevention support, utility assistance, traveler’s aid, as well as referrals for health providers, addition recovery and housing services.
The Our Daily Bread Employment Center was funded by Amazing Grace: the Campaign for Catholic Charities and received both State as well as City funds. The construction contract required MBE participation, most unusual for a private project, and CAM ably met the MBE goal requested of them.
Construction proved challenging when an unexpected and large building foundation was found below the surface of the site. Extensive excavation of up to 20’ in depth, during one of the rainiest season in City history, was required to complete this project.