The past few years in Baltimore, we have seen an eruption of violence and anger in response to the disheartening cycle of poverty, unemployment, incarceration, housing instability, and addiction in which so many of the city's residents are trapped. Encouragingly, we have seen community members stepping forward to address those issues in a way that creates real and lasting opportunities for our city’s most vulnerable residents.

At the Henrietta Lacks House, together with our residents and alumni, we continue to be part of the solution.  It is with great pride and joy that we have watched our men invest their time, talent, and energy – not just in being responsible to themselves, but also in being responsible, contributing members of the community. Our residents and alumni recognize that they have been given the resources, skills, and opportunities to be successful and they have used those gifts to help others – by creating and leading support groups, organizing and participating in community clean ups, engaging with at-risk youth, and taking leadership positions at area non-profits.

We empower individuals to reach their full potential. The Henrietta Lacks House provides men returning to the community from incarceration with a nurturing home environment, intensive case management and counseling, employment and paid employment training opportunities, and a broad array of high quality services to support their journey to independence, self-sufficiency, and responsibility. The Henrietta Lacks House is a stabilizing platform in which men can address and overcome the barriers to a successful re-entry and rejoin the community as contributing members.

The Henrietta Lacks House has proven its ability to break the cycle of poverty, incarceration, unemployment, housing instability, and addiction for its graduates. In Baltimore City, approximately 50% of those released from prison return to prison within three years. At Henrietta Lacks House, our recidivism rate is just 3%. Our graduates leave Henrietta Lacks House with stable employment, housing, addiction recovery support, and they are empowered to achieve their dreams for themselves, their families, and the community.

Our sole focus at Henrietta Lacks House is to assist individuals in Baltimore City who have been left behind, forgotten, and written-off. We have proven time and again that these men do matter and that they can regain their dignity as productive members of our society.

We need your help. Please consider making a contribution today. Your gift will allow us to continue to provide the services and support for our residents to reach their potential and have a positive impact on the community.

I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.
— Nelson Mandela

Our Story

Henrietta Lacks House (previously named The Patrick Allison House) has been serving the community since 1986.

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Our Services

At Henrietta Lacks House, we believe that every member of the community has value and potential. The services, skills, resources, and opportunities we deliver are all offered with the purpose of supporting individual men exiting incarceration in maximizing their potential and enabling their journey to independence, self-sufficiency, and responsibility.

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How You Can Help

Donations, grants, and volunteer efforts provide critical support to the Henrietta Lacks House and make it possible for us to support our residents in their journey to independence, self-sufficiency, and responsibility. 

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In Appreciation

The generosity and stewardship of our donors has and will continue to have a profound impact on the community and the clients we serve. We need and value your continued and consistent support of our work. We greatly appreciate your support of our program.

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We have developed and maintained collaborative partnerships with a broad array of community service providers in order to provide program participants with the broadest possible range of high quality services in the most coordinated and efficient manner possible.

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