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Fells Point has the heart of Baltimore

Beans and Bread provides support to over 400 needy a day

Beans and Bread, located in the heart of Fells Point, is just a walk away from Little Italy. Nearby, tourists and residents can shop in the Inner Harbor and be surrounded by restaurants and bars.

However, tucked away on the corner of Bond Street is another type of dining hall, one that serves over 400 needy people a day. Beans and Bread’s history began in 1976 and it continues to serve the Fells Point community through several programs.

Beans and Bread’s meal program serves a mid-day dinner five days a week between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., closing only on Wednesdays and Sundays. However, what is most remarkable and not seen from the outside is what is attached to the dining hall.

Connected to the meal area is a learning lab and day resource center open for 20 hours each week. Here, volunteers teach computer training, adult literacy and tutoring. Also, many different resources are offered that are not normally available to the guests, such as phone, mail and Internet services.

Above the day resource center are four five-bedroom apartments where men recovering from drug addiction live together. The Frederick Ozanam House is a transitional housing program where only seriously devoted recovering men can live, while meeting special requirements each month. The program is offered for two years, in the hopes that the men will be ready for a clean life on their own. For men like Larry Sigmon, life training and job search help as well as extensive counseling from both volunteers and staff members of Beans and Bread is provided daily.

More than just a shelter, Beans and Bread is a facility that offers new hope to many of Baltimore City’s underprivileged.

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Transcription of Interview - Larry Sigmon