Economic Development

The Economic Development department provides programs and services designed to increase the economic viability of West Baltimore residents and communities. We offer support for job seekers including occupational training and job placement services, financial education and low-cost tax preparations, access to healthy foods, neighborhood revitalization projects, and support for citizens returning home after incarceration. 

This department provides the following programs and services:

Healthcare Training
Bon Secours Community Works offers multiple trainings to help West Baltimore residents advance their careers and enter the medical field with an industry recognized certification. Healthcare trainings at Bon Secours Community Works typically run 8- 15 weeks and include a standard job readiness curriculum, financial literacy training, and individualized case management. We currently offer the following certifications:

Certified Nursing Assistant/ Geriatric Nursing Assistant (CNA/GNA)

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)

Patient Care Technician (PCT)

Clean & Green Workforce Training
The Clean & Green workforce training program is designed to boost employability by providing on-the-job training and industry certifications while engaging participants in beautifying and stewarding West Baltimore communities. Since 2006, Clean & Green has trained local workers on landscaping “hard” skills and essential employment skills like professionalism, teamwork, reliability, and conflict resolution. During this paid learning experience, trainees transform vacant lots in into well-maintained, usable spaces learn skills such as tree and plant installation, equipment operation and maintenance, basic urban agriculture techniques, and light carpentry. Participants also receive wrap-around support and instruction including financial capability training, case management, and employment services to support with placement into careers post-training.

Returning Citizens
The Returning Citizens program offers support services for community members who return to Baltimore City, especially West Baltimore, after incarceration. This program’s “blueprint for progress” combines an evidence-based curriculum focused on life skills with job placement assistance, wraparound support services, and case management to help clients reintegrate into their community. We work both within and outside the prison system to ensure that West Baltimore residents have every chance for success.