St. Francis Neighborhood Center
DuraBante believes in supporting our community through giving back. Therefore, Team DuraBante teamed with the St. Francis Neighborhood Center, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), community-based organization in the Reservoir Hill area of West Baltimore. Founded in 1963 as an outreach center for two local churches, the Center has served as a hub for community residents to meet, discuss, and improve the quality of individual and community life in Reservoir Hill. The Center has become an iconic presence located on the corner Whitelock Street and Linden Avenue, has been the only enduring institution to serve this large and diverse community since the riots of 1968.
St. Francis Neighborhood Center’s Mission is to end generational poverty through education, inspiring self-esteem, self-improvement, and strengthening connections.
DuraBante’s Founder and Executive Director, Scott K. Thompson has served on the Board of Directors of the St. Francis Neighborhood Center since 2015.
CJ serves as a Church Elder with his local Southern Maryland church. He facilitates men’s group discussions, and mentors youth and young adults in areas of finance, servant leadership, and citizenship. He is also active in supporting veteran organizations in Southern Maryland by supporting and referring currently serving servicemembers, and separated and retired veterans. CJ’s efforts help improve his local and military community.
Travis serves diligently with the Veterans Support Program of Galilee Baptist Church and its community. As the Benefits Advisor of Walter Reed Medical Center, he serves as a go between for the Galilee members needing assistance with the benefits.
Cate is active with “The 6th Branch” – a veteran guided community service non-profit in her efforts to connect with other veterans and the community, and she was recently asked to join the Board of Directors for the organization. Cate also serves the veterans of Baltimore as a member of the Baltimore City Veterans Commission, and she was appointed to this position by the Mayor of Baltimore in 2009. In 2015, Cate was appointed by Governor Hogan to serve on the War Memorial Commission. The commission oversees the operation, maintenance and preservation of the War Memorial building, constructed as a memorial to World War I veterans, serving all veterans of the State.