About Us

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Our dream

For over 40 years the Baldwin Center has been providing critical services to the under served population in the City of Pontiac, Michigan and the surrounding area. The Center feeds over 30,000 healthy meals per year in its community kitchen along with 25 other critical programs and service.

The Baldwin Center is deeply invested in the community we serve. Our vision is a thriving community with engaged citizens. Our promise is to provide the tools necessary for individuals and families in need to become vibrant, productive community members. We value honesty, respect, integrity and compassion. We believe in the strength of human dignity and the resilience of the human spirit as we continue to feed, clothe, educate and empower!

Our history

The Baldwin Center was created as an outreach program of the Baldwin Avenue United Methodist Church in response to increasing poverty in the neighborhood. The congregation opened the Center’s doors to provide food and recreation to children in June 1981.  The Family Soup Kitchen, tutoring services and a shelter soon followed and the programs offered at the church grew from there.

In 2006, the congregation moved to Grace and Peace Community Church, and Baldwin Center continued offering human service programs as an independent 501(c)3.  All of our programs are located on the former church’s property at 212 Baldwin Avenue in Pontiac, except for the Clothes Closet, which is located one block south at 200 Baldwin Avenue.

Annual Report

Our leaders

Board of Directors

For general board inquiries, email: baldwin@baldwincenter.org

John Lawrence, President
Retired, Novi High School

James Bologna, Vice-President
Retired, Ascension Health

Asalyn Coachman, Treasurer
Financial Architects, Inc.

Reverend Jack Mannschreck, Secretary
Waterford Central United Methodist Church

Susan Corker, Board Member
Detroit Institute of Arts

Richard Damman, Board Member
Retired, Damman Hardware

Cheryl Hinsberg, Board Member
CRH Care Management

James McQueen, Board Member
Outreach Specialist-Pontiac City Council

Judy Muhn, Board Member
Rainmaking for Good

Marshalynn Odneal, Board Member
PNC Bank

Reverend Jean Snyder, Board Member
Retired, United Methodist Clergy

Elizabeth Longley
Executive Director

Our staff

For general inquiries, email: baldwin@baldwincenter.org


Job Openings

For general inquiries, email: baldwin@baldwincenter.org