our history

Black Women Build-Baltimore was founded in 2017 by Shelley Halstead who believes that for Black women to build intergenerational wealth, with the inherent security and prosperity it can generate, they must also learn the skills necessary to maintain that wealth. Home ownership and the ability to maintain that asset is one way this can be achieved.
With a passionate belief in the power of knowledge, skills and opportunity to shape a woman’s life, Shelley founded Black Women Build – Baltimore on an intersectional framework. Our holistic program is offered to capable women who are ready for change, and would not otherwise have the opportunity.
Black Women Build-Baltimore is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Shelley Halstead, Founder & Executive Director

Values

That Black women deserve to be treated with dignity for their inherent worth as human beings.

Methods

We understand that oppression is experienced at the intersection of identities, conditions, systems, policies, and practices; therefore, we address barriers that impact the ability of Black women to thrive.

GOALS

To bring home ownership to Black women in Baltimore. To train women in trades-related skills through home renovation. To create wealth and build community by dismantling the barriers that work against our ability to thrive.

The intersectional framework of our program has 3 distinct parts

Training

Training Black women in carpentry, electrical, and plumbing by rehabilitating vacant and deteriorated houses. We believe that training women in trades-related work not only provides a tangible set of skills to be used on other jobs and in the home but allows women to make two to three times more in wages than traditionally female-centered jobs.

Support

We understand that gender, race, and poverty affect women of color differently from other groups. In tandem with the trades-based skill training, we also work with partner organizations to provide life-based skill support in financial literacy, counseling, and nutrition.

Home Ownership Opportunity

To bring home ownership to Black women in Baltimore. To train women in trades-related skills through home renovation. To create wealth and build community by dismantling the barriers that work against our ability to thrive.
WE WANT BLACK WOMEN TO THRIVE
Our goal is to create change by creating wealth, community, and knowledge together. We appreciate your interest in our Program. If you are looking for additional reading on the need we are trying to address, please visit our Need page.
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Creating community, knowledge, and wealth together.

This project is supported in part by:
Bank of America
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Baltimore Department of Housing & Community Development Grant
Black Women Build-Baltimore is committed to equal employment, participation, and volunteer opportunity without regard to age, ancestry, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political belief, or veteran status.

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