Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Neighborhood Institute Workshop Spotlight – Workforce Development

HollyIn Baltimore City, employers and job seekers are creating new and innovative ways to support local hiring efforts. In this workshop, Brian and Holly Gray of CUPS Coffee will share their model for local hiring and workforce development. Learn how you can apply these methods to local hiring in your own neighborhood. 

CUPs mission is to employ and empower disconnected youth so they may become leaders in their families and communities. We do this through a three tiered program which includes workforce development, community service, and mentorship.

Tell us about your background and why you chose to lead this particular workshop?


Brian and Holly Gray are the cofounders of CUPs Coffeehouse, located in southwest Baltimore, where they are also residents.  CUPs Coffeehouse utilizes a unique social enterprise model combining workforce development, life skills training, and traditional business.

What do you hope participants will gain from attending your workshop? What actions will they be more prepared to take?

We would like for participants to understand the need and benefits of creating future workforce development programs and for each participant to either develop a work force development program at  their organization or learn how to get involved in existing programs.

Why do you love most about living in Baltimore?

Baltimore is full of opportunity. Every day we get a chance to make a difference in our communities.

Tickets to the 7th Neighborhood Institute are sold out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please email Emma Simpson at with the subject line “Neighborhood Institute Waiting List”