In 1889, three incredible ladies turned their talents and resources to address a dire situation. Poor children were being permanently abandoned at some of the city’s day care centers with no means to care for them. Mary Hebert (a daycare provider who kept many of these children), Mrs. Etts (from a prominent Baltimore Jewish family) and Mrs. Margaret Jenkins (from a prominent Baltimore Catholic family), along with Cardinal Gibbons of the Baltimore Archdiocese, raised money and purchased a mansion on Maryland Avenue.
The women opened an orphanage and St. Elizabeth’s School to care for the children. Since a full-building restoration project in 2008, Jenkins House has served another much-needed function as housing for women in transition with the Women’s Housing Coalition. Please join us and Ms. Beth Benner, director of the Coalition, for a tour of this wonderful historic mansion and its rich history in service to Baltimore.