About Us

      Catherine’s Family and Youth Services' goal is to dispel the misconceptions surrounding inner city and underserved neighborhoods.


       From the outside looking in, people see discord and complacency. We see a community filled with future leaders, artists, educators, doctors, and people with an overall story to tell that could change the lives of others. Our community-based services intend to empower and enrich the lives of the residents living in Northwest Baltimore City with the courage to be who they want to be regardless of their circumstances.  


     Our mission and vision are meaningless without a strong community relationship. By building relationships with the residents in the community, we will be able to effectively execute our programs and services that are tailored specifically to meet the needs of the residents. The end result is to magnify the love and unity that already exists within the Park Heights/ Pimlico community.

Valarie V. Matthews

Executive Director, Co-Founder

Valarie Matthews is the co-founder  and Executive Director of Catherine's Family and Youth Services Inc. in Baltimore MD.  Valarie received her B.S in Biology from the University of Maryland of Eastern Shore where she served on numerous administrative boards and committees that were intended to better serve the university, students and the community in addition to serving as Student Government President and Vice President throughout her undergraduate tenure. Valarie is currently pursuing a masters degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Non Profit Management at The University of Baltimore. She resides in Baltimore, MD.  

Kodon Leary

Chief Financial Officer, Consultant

Kodon E. Leary, (consultant) of Atlantic Consulting, Inc. has over 20 years of non-profit experience in Accounting, Management, Business Plan Development, Non-Profit Organizational Development and Strategic Planning. Kodon is has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Elizabeth City State University and several certifications in non-profit accounting, development, staff and board development training, conflict resolution and business development. 

Shannon S. Morgan


Shannon S. Morgan, co-founder of Catherine’s Family and Youth Services,  was born and raised in Northwest Baltimore City. She graduated magna cum laude from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health in 2003 and received her Master of Science in Health Science with a concentration in Community Health from Towson University in 2007. Shannon began her professional career working exclusively with non-profits in Baltimore, Maryland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her time was spent providing peer education, street outreach, tutoring, conflict resolution, harm reduction, case management, HIV counseling and care outreach.

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