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  • Arundel Community Development Services celebrates 20th year. The story highlight some of ACDS' housing and community development accomplishments since its privatization in 1993.
    Read the story here...
  • Kathleen Koch, ACDS Executive Director, awarded Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award

    On Friday, January 17, 2014, Kathleen M. Koch, ACDS Executive Director, was awarded the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Maker Award by the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Anne Arundel County. The Anne Arundel County Chapter of Peace Action established the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Maker award to recognize an individual who, in its opinion, best exemplifies the legacy of Dr. King through conflict resolution in a non-violent manner. Recognized for her leadership in the historic successful renovation of the Wiley H. Bates High School, the only high school serving the County's African-American students during segregation, Ms. Koch was able to broker compromise among various community interests to develop a multi-use facility embraced by all. The $27 million facility includes affordable housing for the elderly, a senior center, a regional Boys & Girls Club, and a museum and memorial courtyard.

    This year marked the 26th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Dinner, which was attended by over 1,000 patrons from throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. Ms. Koch and her fellow honorees were recently featured in this Capital-Gazette article. To read more about the event's keynote speaker, Shirley Sherrod, click here.

    Congratulations to Ms. Koch and the other Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awardees!

  • ACDS featured in ABC News Story on Foreclosure Settlement
  • Patriot House

    ACDS Executive Director Kathleen M. Koch and Arundel House of Hope (AHOH) Executive Director Mario Berninzoni attended the Community Development Network of Maryland's Annual Meeting in Turf Valley, Maryland on November 7, 2013. Ms. Koch and Mr. Berninzoni were presented with the Community Development Network of Maryland's Award of Excellence for Innovation for the development of Patriot House, a supportive transitional home for six homeless veterans in Anne Arundel County. The first housing facility specifically designed to house homeless Veterans in Anne Arundel County, Patriot House was developed leveraging a variety of local, State and federal funding sources.

    Kathleen Koch (second from right) and Mario Berninzoni (right) accepting the Award of Excellence from the Community Development Network of Maryland (CDN) for Patriot House

  • Willow House Featured in the Capital's Home of the Week series on Tuesday, Novemner 12, 2013. Click here to read the article.
  • AA County Housing Expo 2010 a big success
  • Local coverage of the Race & Education event:
  • Annapolis Area Ministries Inc. opens Willow House, a facility intended to give homeless women a long-term place to live while they get their lives in order (Read more...)
  • ACDS dedicates Marley Neck Center...
  • ACDS Housing Fair helps in finding solutions...
  • Bates Project Realized
  • Marley Neck Community Center: A Chance for New Lessons ...

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