Kingdom Fellowship Opens New Community Care Center – Meeting Human Needs in Prince George, Montgomery and Howard Counties

By Deborah Bailey,
AFRO DC News Editor

“Thy kingdom come” is a colloquialism that will soon take on a whole new meaning in the upper northwest corner of Prince George’s County.

Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), elected officials from Prince Georges County and Montgomery recently joined Kingdom Fellowship pastor Matthew Watley and board members of the Kingdom Global Community Development Corporation for a groundbreaking ceremony. The celebration was in honor of the start of development of the new Kingdom Care Center in Calverton, Md, which is scheduled to open in December 2022.

The new center showcases a tri-county approach to meeting human needs according to Watley, reaching beyond artificial county and city boundaries to meet needs “where the people are.”

The center is located a few blocks from the border between Montgomery County and Prince George’s County and less than 10 minutes from the western border of Howard County.

“We are excited to launch this new project which will allow us to provide comprehensive services to residents of Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and the Howard County area,” Watley said, waving to the crowd gathered outside the new six-story tower located next to Kingdom Fellowship Church’s new location on Beltsville Drive.

The Kingdom Care Center is funded by a $2 million federal appropriation led by Senators Van Hollen and Cardin, and $11 million allocated to the Global Service Center passed by the Maryland General Assembly in accordance with the fiscal year budget 2023 from Governor Larry Hogan.

“The beauty of this vision and the power of this vision are simple. We don’t live our lives in silos. We don’t live our lives in compartments. The idea behind Kingdom Care Center is that we provide a holistic approach to the needs of individuals and families,” said Van Hollen.

The Kingdom Care Center will serve as a “one stop shop” for the social service needs of citizens of the three counties where Prince Georges, Montgomery and Howard County meet. The Center will provide employment and vocational training services, a health and wellness center, clothing, a nutrition center, educational services and supports, housing services and a legal aid center .

Senator Ben Cardin commended the Kingdom Fellowship family for stepping forward to meet spiritual and physical needs in the Tri-County area.

“There are a lot of elected officials and government officials here because we are proud of our partnership,” Cardin said.

“That’s why this groundbreaking work is so important. These are services that the community desperately needs and that we cannot provide at the government level. Only by working with you can we reach the people who really need these services. I am so proud to represent you in the United States Senate,” Cardin concluded.

Former Montgomery County Executive Isaiah “Ike” Leggett, one of the supporters of the Kingdom Care Center effort, simply “clarified” by saying that too many factors and participants had to synchronize efforts so that the he inauguration of the Kingdom Care Center is solely the result of human effort.

“But for God,” Leggett marveled.

“All the things that came together to make this happen. But for the grace of God, that wouldn’t have happened,” Leggett proclaimed as the audience nodded in affirmation.

Kingdom Fellowship chief of staff Sundra Mann said the impetus to find a place to serve the community came from the experiences church volunteers have had during the pandemic.

“We just started doing food giveaways at the start of the pandemic (Covid-19 pandemic) at our two locations in Montgomery County and here in Prince Georges County,” Mann said.

“Once we saw the long lines of people waiting for food and the multiple needs beyond food that people presented, we began to ask ourselves, what more can we do to help lives where did the pandemic hurt?” she concludes.

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