Following the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore went into a crisis after peaceful protests turned into riots on April 27, 2015. Local businesses were damaged, causing many people to lose their jobs. In an effort to help strengthen and rebuild the community, NCIA decided to make a difference by visiting the area most affected by the damage.
On May 12, 2015, from Noon to 2:00 p.m, a group of NCIA staff parked a food truck on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Cumberland Street. Our intention was to highlight our commitment to the Baltimore community, and to offer employment opportunities to those who want to work with the individuals we serve. We accepted over 200 job applications, and, through our partnership with our soon-to-be opened barbecue restaurant, GEBS at NCIA, cooked and distributed over 500 hamburgers, 500 hotdogs, and bottles of water for all. Students and staff from our Youth In Transition School helped serve.
There was a great turnout and a lot of wonderful people from the area came out. A representative from WMAR ABC2 News filmed a news segment about the event, which aired at 5:00 p.m. that same day!
A special thanks goes out to Gary Antonino and Benny Gordon, chef at GEBS Restaurant at NCIA, and to all the staff that were involved in making this event a success!
NCIA looks forward to continuing to provide new opportunities to the residents of Baltimore City.
As always, thanks to all of you for your continued commitment to NCIA and the individuals we serve.