Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Neighborhood Institute Sponsor Spotlight: Telesis Corp.

Catherine Stokes is the Senior Project Manager and Director of Telesis’ Baltimore Office. We caught up with her to talk about her work and the Redevelopment of the Barclay/Midway/Old Goucher neighborhoods. 

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Tell us a bit more about your organization. What is Telesis, and how did you come to operate in Barclay?

Telesis is a real-estate development company that plans, finances, and builds urban communities that are livable, beautiful, and safe. Telesis has been working in the Barclay/Midway/Old Goucher (BMOG) community since 2006. At that time, Telesis was selected by the Housing Authority and members of the BMOG community to be the master planner and developer in charge of the revitalization of the BMOG neighborhoods. A primary goal of the resulting BMOG Plan is to transform the neighborhood into a stable, healthy, safe, equitable, and livable neighborhood with quality open spaces, community facilities, and employment opportunities.

You have done a lot of work redeveloping housing in Barclay, what are some of the positive outcomes you have already seen in the neighborhood?

In addition to the transformative impact of the over 175 new households who have, or are in the process of, moving into the neighborhood through the Redevelopment, so far one of the greatest results we have seen is these new residents’ involvement in the community. As they become more invested in their own homes, residents have begun to take on leadership roles in the community at large.

In what ways do you partner with community associations and Greater Homewood?

The main forum is the Barclay/Midway/Old Goucher Coalition (BMOG), which serves as an umbrella for the stakeholder organizations (neighborhood organizations, local developers, neighborhood social service providers, and city officials). Telesis works closely with Greater Homewood on community development and resident services. Telesis also partners with GHCC’s Workforce Development program in its efforts to employ neighborhood residents in the Redevleopment. Thus far, over 70 local residents have been employed in construction jobs.

Why is it important to you to sponsor the Neighborhood Institute?

Telesis believes that physical and community development are inseparable and our partnership with GHCC is very important to our work in BMOG. Telesis supports GHCC and its work in the community.  In particular, the Neighborhood Institute is a wonderful way to cultivate emerging leaders throughout Greater Homewood. We encourage residents of the BMOG community to take advantage of this wonderful resource.

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Fun Night Out At Orioles Park!

Through a collaboration with Telesis Corporation and the CT Group, Barclay residents received a night out at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It was a fun night with wonderful weather, and everyone was in great spirits.

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All in all, 80 people came along on the outing, which included transportation to and from the park, tee shirts, hats and hotdogs!  It was the first time that many of our residents had gone to the park.  Excitement steadily built as we journeyed inside and by the time we were ushered to our seats, there were only smiling faces.


BMOG BBQ: A Great Success

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The Annual Barclay/Midway/Old-Goucher (BMOG) Barbeque went off without a hitch – even the weather cooperated! Neighbors came out to enjoy the breezes and good food. There were games for the children: three-legged races, spoon races and sack races. Our volunteer magician kept the attention of children from pre-school to middle school. For the adults, Cheryl Carmona of Boone Street Farm came to educate the community on fresh produce available in their own back yard.

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Special thanks to the Telesis Corporation for providing “give-away” shares for our neighbors. Judging by the happy faces, everyone had a wonderful time. Many thanks to GHCC staff for volunteering and to BMOG for sponsoring the event. And finally, many many thanks to Mrs. Connie Ross of BMOG for assuring that this annual event becomes a part of Barclay tradition!