Caroline Friess Center, Inc.

Committed To Women∙Committed To Work

aka Caroline Center   |   Baltimore, MD   |  www.caroline-center.org

Mission

Caroline Center educates unemployed and underemployed women in Baltimore for careers with potential for advancement.  Inspired by the spirit of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Caroline Center's holistic approach empowers each woman to reach the fullness of her potential thus creating a future of hope for herself and her family.

Ruling year info

1946

Executive Director

Mrs. Lynn M. Selby

Director of Administration

Grace Sciamanna SSND

Main address

900 Somerset Street

Baltimore, MD 21202 USA

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EIN

52-1920377

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Vocational Technical (B30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Caroline Center was established the organization in 1996 in response to a community-identified need for improved access to job skills training in East Baltimore. Because many of the women who train at Caroline Center face barriers to success or lack the credentials needed (such as a college degree) for jobs or careers paying a livable wage, many of the jobs otherwise available to them are low-wage positions with limited pathways for growth. For example, on average, 93-97% of trainees report a household income at 30-50% of area median income, which federal poverty guidelines identify as "low" or "extremely low" income levels. As Caroline Center graduates, women are empowered to change their narratives by attaining credentials which provide access to a career in allied health care where there are ample opportunities for advancement.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Career Training for Certifed Nurses and Pharmacy Technicians

Caroline Center assists women in making positive changes in their lives and in their economic circumstances by providing career preparedness training for entry to the field of allied health care. Our program comprises quality instruction in both the technical skills necessary for entry-level positions—specifically certified cursing assistant and pharmacy technician—and the essential skills critical for success in both the professional workplace environment and in the home. We also provide a host of support services—financial counseling, case management, life skills coaching, job placement, and personal counseling, for example—designed to empower the women, helping them procure greater independence and develop the self-reliance needed for them to succeed in both their personal and professional lives. Because we believe in the value and importance of long-term investments, we provide our alumnae with ongoing support as “members for life” so they may progress in their careers and continue to improve their lives and livelihoods. Alumnae services encompass one-on-one support and guidance regarding the women’s professional development goals (e.g. acquiring advanced certifications and/or securing advanced positions with higher wages) and academic pursuits (e.g. earning a degree in nursing, securing college scholarships).

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

Maryland Higher Education Commission 2024

Maryland Board of Nursing 2024

Awards

Reader's Choice Best Nonprofit 2021

Baltimore Sun

Affiliations & memberships

Baltimore Sun's Reader's Choice Best Nonprofit 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Women

Related Program

Career Training for Certifed Nurses and Pharmacy Technicians

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our goal is for 80% of graduates to secure employment with their certifications. Results show the participants who secure employment within one year. Data for 2021 will be available in December 2022.

Number of clients who complete job skills training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Women

Related Program

Career Training for Certifed Nurses and Pharmacy Technicians

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We strive for 80% completion rates for those beginning our career training programs. Data is compiled annually by the end of December. *During 2020-2021 we were in a virtual and hybrid learning

Number of participants who felt that they have been provided with a range of options for future employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Women

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These data capture the number of women we enroll annually in our job training programs. We also support 100-200 alumnae annually as they seek opportunities for advancement and college degrees.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Caroline Center contributes to the building of a thriving Baltimore by providing a transformative experience for women to excel at home, on the job, and in the community. Believing that to change one life we can change the world, we inspire and prepare women for a lifetime of well-being. Practically speaking, we work with Baltimore City women who are seeking to make positive changes in their lives, changes that involve securing employment that will provide them with a steady income and a career with a future. We provide state-accredited training jobs that lead to certification as nursing assistants or pharmacy technicians, both of which are entry-level positions within the allied health care industry where there are numerous career pathways available to pursue. Our goal is for every woman who walks through our doors to emerge as an EPIC woman—Empowered, Professional, In-demand, and Career-ready. We strive to graduate 80% of women enrolled in our training programs and then place 80% of all graduates in jobs within six to twelve months. Because we consider our graduates Caroline Center "members for life," we provide ongoing, unlimited support to all our graduates through our Academic and Career Advancement program.

Our trainings programs—held three times each year—span 15 weeks and encompass both classroom and hands-on job skills training that culminates in state certification as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) or pharmacy technician (PT). Program curriculum includes “essential skills” components such as lessons in life skills/problem solving, career planning, financial literacy, computers, communications, and developing one’s employability skills. Additionally, we provide support services (e.g. personal counseling and social work services) that are designed to help the women identify and address barriers to program completion and employment (e.g. transportation, childcare, legal issues). We provide individualized job-placement support to all graduates during the first year following graduation. Because change takes time, we remain committed to our graduates for life. Through our Academic and Career Advancement program, we assist alumnae in identifying and obtaining additional professional training and certifications, educational opportunities, and college scholarships. We also provide general career planning services, including assistance with resumes, cover letters, job applications, and interview prep.

Since welcoming its first training class in 1996, Caroline Center developed a strong reputation in the community and throughout Baltimore City as an organization that is committed to the city's women and known to have an impact on their lives. The mission is carried out by a dedicated staff of experienced professionals who are overseen by a Board of Trustees comprising lay and religious volunteers who understand the value of the center's work. Caroline Center partners with various agencies and organizations throughout the Baltimore area (Baltimore City Department of Social Services, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, MECU, PNC, Roberta's House, School of Nursing at Notre Dame of Maryland University, to name a few) to ensure its trainees are connected with the very best resources available. Additionally, Caroline Center maintains strong relationships with over thirty local health care employers who serve as clinical/externship sites for trainees as well as employers of Caroline Center graduates. The organization operates with a lean budget that is supported by the founding order School Sisters of Notre Dame, government agencies, private and corporate foundations, generous individual donors, as well as endowment and investment income.

Since 1996, we have trained over 3,000 women for jobs as means of improving their economic situations and achieving greater financial stability. Through the years, we have remained in touch with many of our graduates and are always overjoyed to learn how they leveraged their experience at Caroline Center to launch successful careers and change their own lives and those of their families. One graduate was able to build a career with one employer that helped her successfully end her family's experience with homelessness, land a management-level position, and earn a scholarship to go to college for her bachelor's degree. Another completed a Master's in Social Work from Morgan State University. Many others credit Caroline Center as the reason they built the economic security that made it possible for them to buy their first home. These stories illustrate how Caroline Center can serve as a catalyst for change in the lives of women seeking greater economic stability through employment, helping them create a brighter future for themselves and their families. We look forward to many more years of supporting Baltimore women as they endeavor to reach their full potential.

Financials

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Caroline Friess Center, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lisa Benson

Mary Kraft Staffing

Term: 2019 - 2021

Lisa Benson

Mary Kraft Staffing

Lynn Selby

ED - Caroline Center

Lesa Crosser

WMS Partners, LLC

Bernice Feilinger, SSND

Community Volunteer

Robert Gentry

Beatty Development Group

Harriett Johnson

Baltimore City Department of Housing

Michelle Johnson

St. Agnes Hospital

Martin Kajic

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Kathleen Lekin

Community Volunteer

Anne Lin

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Ralph Partlow, Esq.

Community Volunteer

Kathleen Rogers

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Valorie Sanders

MD Dept. of Public Safety

Darlene Peters

UPS

Kathleen Wisser

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Linda Wolfe

Goodell DeVries

Sandra Regler

Erin Cawley

Brown Advisory

Patricia Flynn, SSND

Community Volunteer

Martin Knott, Jr

Knott Mechanical

Cora Lee Middleton, SSND

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/27/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.