April 11, 1994
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The Rev. Joyce N. Galloway, who was inspired 13 years ago to found East Baltimore's Antioch Shelter Home Inc. and has offered a sanctuary to thousands of the homeless over the years, has been selected as the recipient of the Johns Hopkins Health System's fifth annual Clarence "Du" Burns Community Service Award in recognition of her efforts on behalf of the needy.
The $1,000 award is to be presented to Galloway, pastor of the Antioch Community Church of God, which is independent of the shelter, but offers it substantial support, at 11:30 a.m. on April 17 at her church, 2717 Grindon Ave., off Harford Road.
Established in recognition of the long relationship between former Mayor "Du" Burns and Johns Hopkins, the prize is given each year to the East Baltimore individual or group that has contributed most to the quality of life in the community in the preceding year.
In 1991, the award went to Clergy United for Renewal in East Baltimore, which nominated Galloway as this year's recipient through its President the Rev. Marshall Prentice, pastor of East Baltimore's Zion Baptist Church.
In his letter of nomination, Prentice paid tribute to Galloway for instilling dignity and pride in (shelter) residents by helping them with job training health care, and whatever they may need to make them participating members of society."
Taking note of her ability to inspire others, he continued: "We feel that Rev. Galloway is a deserving recipient of this award for all that she gives back to East Baltimore and for the many people she has helped."
After founding the shelter in 1981 with funds from members of her congregation and other gifts, Galloway has served as its director, guiding its growth from a five-bed facility to a multiservice emergency center, with an average 123 guests each night. It is one of the few shelters that takes in entire immediate families.
The non-profit organization, governed by a nine-member board of directors, draws its financial support from more than 200 churches and more than 500 individuals, along with clubs and sorority groups. It also has the benefit of city, state and private funds.
Under Galloway's leadership, the facility located at 2926 Harford Road has moved beyond providing a bed and a cup of soup nightly into a multiservice center, with peer-group counseling, vocational rehabilitation, life-skills training, health care and assistance with locating housing.
The philosophy of the administrators of Antioch Shelter Home is that homeless people should not simply be sheltered, but should be assisted in a transition from a marginal existence to a stabilized one, with job training and placement and permanent affordable housing.
Members of the Johns Hopkins Health System's Board of Trustees personally contributed $17,000 five years ago to endow the "Du" Burns Award fund. Nominations normally are sought from state legislators, city councilmen and local philanthropic foundations and community groups.
Former winners have included Lucille Gorham, Bea Gaddy and Betty Hyatt.
This year's judges were City Councilman Carl Stokes, Delegate Hattie Harrison, Delegate Cornell Dypski, Danise Jones-Dorsey, representing Mayor Kurt Schmoke, and Colene Y. Daniel vice president of corporate and community services for the Health System and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.