The Salaam Center began operating in 2016 in its small storefront in Highlandtown, an east Baltimore neighborhood. At the time, the Baltimore Resettlement Center was directly across the street, so it was easy for new refugees to find us. The Arabic writing in our window was a welcome sight to many of them.
THE PEOPLE WE SERVE
Many of the people we serve had been displaced from their countries prior to coming to the U.S. Quite a few of them spent time in refugee camps in the Middle East or Africa, and some of the children were born in refugee camps.
The refugee community served by the Salaam Center has changed somewhat since we began. In 2016, many of the refugees who found their way to us were originally from Syria. Since that time, we have had the opportunity to serve people from a wider range of Middle Eastern and African countries.