Organizations We Support

The Emergency Food Closet

The umbrella organization that runs the Food Closet is called the Southeast Emergency Needs Network (SEENN) program. The program was established in 1983 by representatives of helping agencies in the Southeastern part of the city and county. Although it was originally incorporated as a non-profit agency, the corporation dissolved when it became apparent that the costs of maintaining the organization interfered with its mission to make the maximum amount of resources available to the needy. The program was adopted by The Francis Scott Key Medical Center, now the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and has continued to provide two emergency services to community residents on a year round basis.

The Emergency Food Closet, located at the Medical Center provides a 3 day supply of food to persons in need. Referrals are made and need verification through local human services agencies or the Medical Center's Social Work Department. The primary source of support for this program is through the annual canned food drive at the Medical Center, where contributions of food and funds provide about 3 tons of food. Efforts are coordinated with other food closets in the area, and resources shared when possible. The food closet at JHBMC has grown to serve about 600 people in 2005.

The Emergency Prescription Program provides up to $30 in cash to meet patient's and clients' emergent needs for medicines or medical supplies. This program helps those patients who are unable to pay for critical health - related items, either because a temporary situation has precipitated a crisis, or because they "fall through the cracks" of other programs. This effort is funded primarily thorough special fund-raising programs targeted at hospital employees.

The program resources are managed by the Community Relations Department at 410-550-0289.

We at The Johns Hopkins Women's Network are proud to work with this organization and supply goods that will supplement these efforts.

The House of Ruth

House Of Ruth Maryland leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear. Find out more about them by visiting their website at

Gabrielle Project

Gabrielle's Project provides shelter and counseling to unwed mothers through various parishes throughout the state. The JHU Women's Network supported Gabrielle Project through the collection of personal/hygiene care items. All 2002 Spring Luncheon attendees were asked to bring one item for donation. A representative from the Gabrielle Project was on-site for our Friday, May 17, 2002 spring luncheon, and left with a car bursting at the seams with donations.

Maryland Food Bank

As long as hunger exists in Maryland, the Maryland Food Bank will strive to supply necessary grocery products to charitable food providers so that these organizations can feed every individual and family in need. This is their mission. The Maryland Food Bank accomplishes this by gathering excess donated food and grocery products from the food industry and the general public and by distributing these products to community food providers so that these organizations can feed every individual and family in need. The Maryland Food Bank is a charter member of America's Second Harvest, the national network of food banks. Find out more about them by visiting their website at

The JHU community donated over 1700 pounds of non-perishable food items in 2006. 2006 Thank You Letter from the Maryland Food Bank


Project PLASE, Inc. addresses homelessnes by providing transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services to homeless adults. They serve the most vulnerable and underserved,including persons with mental illness, HIV/AIDS, addiction, developmental disabilities, and ex-offenders, etc. They treat, restore and rehabilitate the whole person, empowering each individual to function at the highest level possible. Find out more about them by visiting their website at

Sarah's House

Sarah's House is a residential facility for homeless families in Anne Arundel County. The program works to develop constructive behaviors and attitudes enabling clients to leave as a functioning, economically independent family unit. Founded 1987, Sarah's House provides the following services: Emergency shelter (accommodations for 67 persons for up to 90 days) and Transitional housing (accommodations for up to 22 families for 6 to 18 months); Meals; Personal care items; Access to telephones and mail; Licensed child care; Transportation; Parenting and life skills training; Substance abuse assessment and counseling; and Case management. Find out more about them by visiting their website at

The Spiral Dance Womyn's Center & Bookstore

The mission of the Spiral Dance Womyn’s Center is to provide the space and resources women need to empower themselves personally, and to model women’s collective work and micro economic practice. Through programs in adult education, cultural arts, health & wellness, spirituality, and community building, we help all women develop the practical skills they need to work for both personal and social change. Find out more about them by visiting their website at

St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home

St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home, provides temporary care for infants and children (up to age 8) in crisis situations such as homelessness, family emergency, abuse or neglect. Find out more about them by visiting their website at

Turn Around, Inc.

TurnAround, Inc. is a private non-profit organization dedicated to serving victims of rape, child sexual assault, domestic violence, and adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Find out more about them by visiting their website at

The JHU Women's Network supports Turn Around, Inc. through their fund raising event entitled Steppin' Out. We have co-sponsored their annual walk-a-thon, and have provided financial support to offset this event.

A Woman's Journey

The JHU Women's Network is just one of many sponsors of A Woman's Journey conference, held in November annually. "A Woman's Journey" has organized a unique day-long conference focusing on the important physical, emotional and intellectual issues that have been influencing women's health since 1985. It offers sessions to help women understand what medical advances can mean for them. Other sessions empower them to take greater control over their own health care or, perhaps, influence the health care of someone close to you. Attendees are encouraged to come with those women they care about: their mother, a daughter, a sister or friend.
Find out more about them by visiting their website at