Article by Megan Knight
Running can do more than just get you in shape, it can change your life. Just ask the members of the Baltimore group “Back on My Feet.”
It’s been awhile since Deon Banks did any serious running. The last time he can remember running regularly is during his time in the military.
“I’m a two to three miler kind of guy,” he said with a laugh. “If I can finish that goal in a day, I’ve accomplished something.”
Banks has been with Back on My Feet for a little over a year. The group’s mission is to combat homelessness and help people who may be on the brink of being homeless. Banks found out about the program while at the Helping Up Mission, where he is staying to treat his addiction issues.
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HUM was in the news on Friday 5/20/2016. Hear what Bob, Charles, Bill and John had to say about heroin addiction and the hope that HUM has to offer.
Christian rock band Newsboys has been making using their gift of music to spread God’s word for years now, but when their song was performed by a group of homeless men the band’s frontman Michael Tait was moved to tears.
In the video posted by Meant 2 Live Foundation, the Newsboys lead vocalist and bandmate Duncan Phillips are welcomed to a concert venue by a homeless choir singing their song “We Believe.”
The homeless choir was part of the Helping Up Mission that was treated to a VIP experience at the Splendor concert where the Newsboys were performing and it wasn’t long before Phillips started welling up.
The song speaks of keeping faith in God when we are going through our worst challenges and features the lyrics: “In this time of desperation/When all we know is doubt and fear/ There is only one foundation/ We believe, we believe/ In this broken generation/ When all is dark, You help us see/There is only one salvation/We believe, we believe.”
The performance took on a different meaning when Tait addressed the choir members after their performance and shared his own story with them. One of the singers acknowledged that before they became part of the program, they didn’t have faith.
“We didn’t believe man, we were throwing lives and God loved us,” the man said.
Tait encouraged him to continue on the right path and praised the group for their beautiful performance.
The choir was later treated to a hearty meal and tickets to watch the band perform live to a sell-out crowd.
On A Mission To Treat Addictions
Partnership between Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Helping Up Mission program improves the odds for conquering substance abuse in East Baltimore.
At the height of his career, Tom Bond had a prestigious job, a house, a company car and a big salary. But the Harford County native says he never felt fulfilled by his fancy job and soon turned to drugs and alcohol. After losing several good jobs over a dozen years, he began bartending, a lifestyle that supported his addiction to cocaine. Soon he was also using heroin and eventually became destitute and homeless.
Bond found an abandoned house in East Baltimore, where he lived until he got locked up. His cellmate told him about the Helping Up Mission, a nonprofit, faith-based mission that offers a residential addictions recovery program. Bond perked up. “I didn’t want to spend another winter without a shower or a roof over my head,” he says.
Today, 13 years since that encounter, Bond is not only clean, but as director of programs for the mission, he’s helped thousands of other homeless men to reclaim their lives through the shelter’s 12-step recovery program, daily classes, and career and spiritual guidance. And for the past several years, Bond and treatment coordinator Michael Gray—another recovering addict—have shored up the mission’s efforts through a partnership with Johns Hopkins addictions experts, who come to the site daily to provide supplemental care.
Launched in 2012, in response to the mission’s request for Johns Hopkins addictions expertise, the Cornerstone Program merges…
Read the full article in Brainwise, Johns Hopkins’ psychiatry periodical.
Download the PDF version here: Hopkins BrainWise Winter 2016-10
**UPDATE** Check out the video Hopkins produced to accompany the feature article: