2005 Community Fellow Bernard Fayall, who worked as a welder in a Baltimore shipyard for more than 30 years, spent much of his time volunteering to help young people at Garrison Middle School in West Baltimore. Based in the school basement, “Meet Me Halfway,” the organization Fayall started, provided a safe haven for students and sought to find mentors to guide students outside their classrooms.
Fayall used a hands-on approach to help hundreds of young students stay in school and navigate difficult adolescent years. The center provided a safe, nurturing place for students to receive guidance, work through conflicts, find tutoring help or just hang out. Fayall passed away in August 2013.