WHO WE ARE
We're Passionate About Community
The MSBC 5 Star Program grew out of the Morning Star Baptist Church with the goal of serving West Baltimore communities as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We are focused and committed to major reinvestment efforts in the Security/Woodlawn and West Baltimore County and City communities. We are core to the community and take pride in affirming the following statement to the communities we serve..."If you need it, you can find it here!"
SERVING THE WEST BALTIMORE COUNTY AND CITY COMMUNITIES
THE MSBC 5 STAR PROGRAM WAS FOUNDED
OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS SERVED
The MSBC 5 Star Program uses the principles of excellence to focus on improved job resources, youth skills development, and community enrichment.
Since its inception in 2001, the Program has served thousands of community members with services that help build and rebuild lives. The Program offers workforce development, re-entry programs, behavioral health services, youth development programs, and various multi-generational educational initiatives.
The name of the organization is derived from “The Five Star Church” by Stan Toler, which encourages excellence in customer service and community work to better align members with their purpose.
Initially, the Morning Star Baptist Church was focused on promoting itself as a partner in the community with servanthood and customer focus. We had a team of volunteers that did everything from developing long-term strategy to coordinating events. As the needs of the community grew, we expanded beyond the church's walls to become a 501(c)(3) Community Development Corporation (CDC). This transition allowed us to better fundraise for, partner with, and serve the greater West Baltimore communities.
From our very first 5 Star Limo and Transportation Service all the way to The Renaissance Center, Transitional Housing Program, Before & After School Tutoring, and Mentoring - we're always enhancing our services to better serve Baltimore.
How We Can Help
Our programs and services are tailored to support those who need help the most in our communities. Children can receive tutoring, computer lab access, STEM education, and other interactive experiences that will enrich their education.
Adults can access record expungement, re-entry programs, mental health support, job and interview skills training, legal aid, senior services, food pantries, and much more.
Our strong community network also creates opportunities for natural partnerships with a variety of charitable initiatives. We regularly partner with other organizations to offer enhanced resources in the community.
MEET THE TEAM
Meet the MSBC 5 Star Executive Board
Our executive board and our volunteers love their community and are dedicated to improving the lives of our neighbors, families, and friends. Through always-expanding resources and supports, we’re changing Baltimore’s future for the better.
Dwayne C. Debnam
Senior Pastor of the Morning Star Baptist Church with 30+ years in the preaching ministry and a passion for leading the community.
Chief Results Officer for business management company DDuren Enterprises, LLC and current President of the board.
1st VICE PRESIDENT
Executive management professional and Vice President of the board responsible for structure, development, and communications.
2nd VICE PRESIDENT
Operational management expert, board Vice President responsible for program planning, and Morning Star Baptist Church Officer for 20+ years
Current board Secretary and nonprofit expert with experience in neighborhood revitalization and homeownership empowerment.
Registered Nurse with a degree in Spiritual and Pastoral Care who offers comprehensive care through her nursing business.
IT Security Manager with 30+ years of IT experience and a passion for conflict mediation and resolution.
University Facility Planner at Morgan State University with experience in capital budgets and long-term strategy.
BE PART OF THE CHANGE
With Your Help, We Can Do More
The MSBC 5 Star Program is operated by and for the Security/Woodlawn and West Baltimore County and City communities. Our community-based initiatives couldn’t happen without volunteers and participating community partners.