Our mission, since 1981, has been and always will be to assist in providing our neighbors with food, clothing and other items. We also provide a safe haven from the storms of life for women and children on a transitional basis.
The late Dr. Bea Gaddy founded the Patterson Park Emergency Food Center in 1981 out of a need to feed her family. She went to local churches collecting food in a shopping cart and passed the food out to the neighbors in her community. The word soon spread that “Miss Bea” would help you to get food if you needed. Soon long lines began to form outside of her door on a daily basis. Presently our food pantry provides thousands of people with food yearly. Dr. Gaddy soon found herself having to help her neighbors with clothing thus the beginning of Bea Gaddy Fashions we accept donations of new and gently used clean clothes to provide to anyone entering our doors. Our clients are free to browse through our racks and select that “just right outfit”. We maintain baby food, clothes, diapers and furniture for that in need. As donations of baby items come in we contact those on our waiting list usually within 8 hours of arriving all donations have been given out. Bea Gaddy Women and Children’s Shelter provides shelter and safe haven for homeless women and children. Women and their families are allowed stay for up to six months on a fee basis. While residing in the shelter the women are required to attend training and seek other resources to reestablish their selves in the community. In 1981, Dr. Gaddy used the winnings of her Maryland State Lottery Ticket of $250.00 to serve 49 of her neighbors a wonderful Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Since 1981, The Bea Gaddy’s Thanks for Giving Campaign has truly become a part of Baltimore’s favorite pastime. We receive phone calls months in advance from volunteers wishing to assist in this effort. We feed roughly 3,000 meals on site, and send out another 50,000 meals to those that cannot come out to the meal. We receive donation from both private citizens as well as major corporations wishing to partner with us to help those that need our help.