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From Part Time Administrative Assistant to Deputy Director, Tasha Gresham-James celebrates 7 years with Dundalk Renaissance


From Part Time Administrative Assistant to Deputy Director, Tasha Gresham-James celebrates 7 years with Dundalk Renaissance. Tasha Gresham-James started with us part time in July of 2014 as a part time administrative assistant while her two young kids were in school.  She was looking for something simple after her time working in the mayor’s office in Baltimore City under Sheila Dixon and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.  While working in the mayor's office, Tasha saw how the City utilized their CDCs as a way to help build stronger communities and wanted to see first hand how Baltimore County could do the same.  She quickly proved [...]

From Part Time Administrative Assistant to Deputy Director, Tasha Gresham-James celebrates 7 years with Dundalk Renaissance2021-07-27T10:14:44-04:00

Little Free Libraries Have Landed!


Hey Dundalk! Little Free Libraries are popping in your neighborhood and favorite Dundalk establishments.  Keep your eyes peeled for 11 Little Free Libraries that have been installed around town, including places like Joanna’s Café, Little Crystal Bijoux and Sollers Point Multi Purpose Center.  Thanks to our wonderful neighbors, we have libraries in DunLogan, Bear Creek, Inverness, St. Helena, Old Dundalk, Norwood and Turner Station.   “I was excited to connect with my neighbors in a new way! Books have always been a way to for me to learn about the world but I hope the libraries also gives us a physical place to meet more of our neighbors and [...]

Little Free Libraries Have Landed!2021-07-20T12:43:58-04:00

Cornerstone Winner: Jimmy’s Famous Seafood


We’re excited to honor Jimmy’s Famous Seafood as a Cornerstone winner for Dundalk Renaissance’s 2021 Milestone Awards Ceremony.  In a year that drastically changed the way restaurants could do business and required an unprecedented amount of flexibility, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood continued to thrive as a Dundalk staple. Their dexterity during this difficult time and delicious crab cakes aren’t the only reason why we’ve chosen to honor them this year.  Jimmy’s Famous Seafood has single handedly raised over $475,000 for local restaurants struggling to pay staff and keep the lights on—in addition to their regular charitable giving and community service.  “They didn't [...]

Cornerstone Winner: Jimmy’s Famous Seafood2021-04-08T17:54:21-04:00

Cornerstone Winner: Community Assistance Network


Community Assistance Network (CAN) has been helping families and individuals in Baltimore County for over 55 years.  During the pandemic CAN has been working tirelessly to continue people with the resources they need most like food, shelter, and a safe place for students to access remote schooling, which is why they are our 2021 Cornerstone winner this year.    The pandemic increased a need for food and other services. CAN was able to rise to the occasion and continue serving the community by adapting the way they distributed food and resources to be safer for staff, clients and volunteers.  “Our service delivery [...]

Cornerstone Winner: Community Assistance Network2021-04-08T10:43:27-04:00

Milestone Winner Lindsay Banfill


Lindsay Banfill opened Joanna’s Café in July of 2019, just eight months before the pandemic hit.  Joanna’s Café had a promising start, but the shut downs gave Lindsay pause.  Suddenly Lindsay was struggling to find essential items for her business like to go cups.  It was a frustrating experience for Lindsay, who prior to the shutdown had a steady stream of take-out customers.  Ordering to go cups and other items were a regular part of inventory and suddenly that inventory was scarce.   Joanna’s Café had the support of the community behind them.  Customers understood that shortages were now a part of [...]

Milestone Winner Lindsay Banfill2021-04-07T10:47:46-04:00

Milestone Winner Najma Jamaludeen


Najma Jamaludeen dreamed of opening her own shop with made to order natural body care products and space that would reflect her brand—affordable, but elegant and ideally a space with an ornate ceiling.  Najma opened Pink Walnut Body Care Bistro as the world was shutting down for COVID 19, but the pandemic didn’t deter her.  Najma used the slower paced start of her business to get a website up and running and renovate the store.    Najma’s retail space became a virtual classroom where she could teach her Morgan State students about merchandising, consumer education and textiles.  Najma joked that she moonlights as a [...]

Milestone Winner Najma Jamaludeen2021-04-06T11:02:57-04:00

Milestone Winner Soup for the Soul


What started as a weekly, family-style meal at St. Rita’s Church grew into a multifaceted nonprofit organization helping those in need get back on their feet. Founded in 1982 by the Haines family as St. Rita’s Supper Table, Soup for the Soul provides mental health resources, work clothes, ministry outreach, and weekly meals. The Haines family legacy of openness and community survived several moves and organizational changes.   Soup for the Soul is run by David and Stacy Nagel, former youth group participants of St. Rita’s who grew up alongside St. Rita’s Supper Table.  Volunteering was just something they did growing up and something [...]

Milestone Winner Soup for the Soul2021-04-06T16:52:13-04:00

Milestone Winner Seiko Dixon


Seiko Dixon’s life is one of service. Seiko enlisted in the Army after high school graduation.  From there she became an in-home nurse—which was how she connected with an old elementary school flame.  John Dixon needed a full time care taker for his grandmother who was battling cancer.  Seiko said yes and moved in with John’s mother making sure she had everything she needed.  John and Seiko later married.  The couple moved in with John’s grandmother, who beat cancer and was in remission.  After living together for some years, the couple found an affordable apartment for their growing family in Turner Station.  [...]

Milestone Winner Seiko Dixon2021-04-05T14:10:07-04:00

Dundalk Renaissance awarded $775,000 to Invest in Dundalk


Dundalk Renaissance awarded $775,000 to Invest in Dundalk This month, Dundalk Renaissance was awarded $775,000 to invest in Dundalk by the State of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development through their Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative. This program seeks to improve quality of life and encourage community stability by investing strategically in housing, neighborhoods, and small business development.  “We are deeply grateful for the State’s ongoing investment in our community, and we look forward to working with our community, business, and development partners to achieve more for Dundalk together,” said Amy Menzer, Executive Director.  We will be able to [...]

Dundalk Renaissance awarded $775,000 to Invest in Dundalk2021-03-25T16:48:57-04:00

A Homeowner After 40+ Years Living in Dundalk


Even at 69, Carolin was determined to have a place to call home. She came to Dundalk back in 1972 and bought a her home last summer. The house she chose and purchased was featured at the last Dundalk Housing Fair and Neighborhood Tours, and Caroline says, “I fell in love with it. The rooms are cozy; there’s a finished basement and two bathrooms!” It is a complete renovation, and thanks to a seller contribution and a $5000 home purchase grant from Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, the house was very affordable for her. “Of course I had to buy all new furniture and things to go with the new house.   Caroline still works hard [...]

A Homeowner After 40+ Years Living in Dundalk2021-03-16T17:53:04-04:00