Meet New Community Crisis Center Director Ed Hartman
The Westminster resident brings decades of nonprofit experience and a wealth of new ideas to the center, which serves Reisterstown, Owings Mills and Glyndon.
The only work Ed Hartman knows is nonprofit work. The 62-year-old has been helping the needy ever since his college days when he volunteered at an orphanage.
“It’s a passion,” he said. “I think it’s a product of the era I grew up in.”
Hartman became the new director of the Community Crisis Center in June, and sat down with Patch last week to talk about his new job. Although the center, which serves Reisterstown, Owings Mills and Glyndon, is a household name in the community, he hopes to expand its programming and reach.
The CCC helps local residents with emergency food, hygiene products, school supplies, career clothing, financial literacy and monetary assistance for utilities and living costs. It also partners with groups that deliver health care and dental services, but Hartman thinks the center can do better.
“What I’d love to do is start a job training component that would go all the way from understanding the workplace culture to interviewing skills to resume writing, perhaps job coaching even,” Hartman said.
He splits his time between the Community Crisis Center and Chimes, a nonprofit that helps those with developmental disabilities, mental illness and other specialized needs, where he is a senior researcher. Prior to becoming a researcher, he helped nonprofits facing fiscal difficulties turn their situations around.
Outside of his new job, Hartman has a deep personal connection to the area. The Westminster resident lived in Reisterstown when he first moved to Maryland 20 years ago, and both of his children are graduates of Franklin High School. Hartman’s wife of 39 years, Herbie Hartman, works at the Long and Foster on Main Street, which is one of many local businesses that supports the CCC.
At the center, Hartman has a core of 50 volunteers, but he hopes to grow that number so that the center can be open on Saturdays. Several organizations, businesses and churches support the organization through food drives and volunteering, and Hartman will continue to foster these relationships and try to build new ones with the local faith-based community.
“You can’t be reliant on a single funding base,” he said.
The CCC, which celebrates its 30th year in 2012, was founded in similar economic circumstances, which forced community members in need to turn to local religious institutions.
“It was the local ministerium of all faiths who got together, met and came up with the idea that, instead of every church, synagogue, mosque in the area providing fiscal support and food, clothing, wouldn’t it be nice if we set up a one-stop kind of place?’” Hartman said. “That was how the crisis center was founded.”
As he tries to keep growing the CCC and its offerings, his ultimate goal is to not see the same people coming through the doors over time.
“[I want] to enable people to get into the community, integrate in the community, secure jobs and eliminate the barriers to self-sufficiency,” he said. “That’s where I want to take the agency.”