Crystal Hardy-Flowers, a respected Baltimore social worker and child care provider who founded a learning center and preschool in Sandtown-Winchester, died of COVID-19 complications on December 31, 2020, at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.
"The impact of Crystal's work in West Baltimore is impossible to overstate," says School of Social Work officials.
Crystal was a longtime collaborator with the SSW's Promise Heights Initiative in West Baltimore. According to an article in the Baltimore Sun: She was among the first child-care providers in Maryland to apply to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic to offer care for children of essential workers, said Laura Weeldreyer, executive director of the Maryland Family Network. Crystal also had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung disease that can make breathing difficult. She feared contracting the disease because of her underlying condition, Ms. Weeldreyer said, but continued working and serving the families until she was hospitalized around Christmastime.
Please read more about Crystal and her wonderful contribution to the children of West Baltimore. She will be greatly missed.