Today is our 2017 Graduation Banquet! For us at Helping Up Mission, it’s one of the most memorable moments of the year. We partnered with Mozell Films again this year to produce several new videos, and today we’re premiering them! We’re also interviewing several of our graduates, many of whom have been interviewed on our Stories page as well: Dominique (audio interview) Nick (audio and written interview forthcoming) Julio (audio and written interview) James (audio and written interview) We hope you enjoy watching, hearing, and sharing these stories!Read More
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Last month, we had the privilege of welcoming Diane Langberg to our campus for a visit. Dr. Langberg is a practicing psychologist whose clinical expertise includes 45 years of working with trauma survivors and clergy. She speaks internationally on topics related to trauma, ministry and the Christian life. Lessons from a Life of Counseling Dr. Langberg shared with our staff and interns some of what she’s learned from 45 years of counseling people who have survived sexual abuse and other kinds of …Read More
Helping Up will be using the old Lenny’s location on Corned Beef Row as a temporary kitchen and cafeteria for our men, while our own kitchen is being renovated. This article in the Baltimore Business Journal is on point about the development. To read the whole story click below Lenny’s Delicatessen on Corned Beef Row closing after 26 yearsRead More
Our new temporary kitchen is a familiar kitchen and has been in the news a lot lately. http://www.wbaltv.com/article/lennys-delicatessen-to-close-on-corned-beef-row/9538616Read More
“Part of me thinks that it was because I was doing so well – maybe I could get away with one… I shot up while driving and I just had an immediate overdose…the last thing I remember was a loud crash. My next conscious memory is three weeks later in Johns Hopkins ICU surrounded by doctors with machines and tubes everywhere. My parents are there and crying, so I started crying.”
Read more at helpingupmission.org/stories/gregp
“I had nothing to sell; I had nothing to give; I was just really taking everything… trying to fill the void inside with drugs.”
Read more at helpingupmission.org/stories/wesr
"Bicycles have been a part of my entire life – riding, building, everything. My parents helped run a small track in Virginia, and we all raced except for my mom. But in my mid-teens I discovered the temporary bliss of drugs and alcohol. In the early days, the party was glorious. Little did I know what was in store for me… I attempted many times to control or maintain, to no avail. Before long, the hideous four horsemen had descended upon me and I had become someone I didn’t even know. I had become a hopeless, homeless, transient drunk and dope fiend. At times I would land a job in a bike shop, wrenching in whatever city or town I had wandered into, only to be released from that job as a direct result of my alcoholism and drug addiction. In August 2015, I found myself in Baltimore, needing help on many levels. I was homeless, living only to get one more drink. I was completely broken, mentally, spiritually, and physically. I found the Helping Up Mission and began my journey of recovery. It’s been a long road, cleaning up the wreckage of my past. I’m not where I wish to be in life, but I’m certainly not where I was. I’ve become reasonably happy and full of hope in my perfectly imperfect little world. A big part of my recovery is provided by the invention called the bicycle. I was given an old 70’s Shogun road bike. I stripped it down, painted it, and built it into a track bike that I love. And I want to help others get “back in the saddle again,” helping men who are also rebuilding their lives to put together bikes for themselves that can get them to school or jobs." —– Graham, 7 months clean and sober, is fixing up donated bikes and teaching other men how to repair and maintain their own bikes
Julio knows how it feels to be successful in the world’s eyes, but had to learn to be still and serve in order to succeed in his recovery.
Read more at helpingupmission.org/stories/julios
"When I came here last December 23rd, I didn't want to stop using. I came here because I had legal problems… and I planned to leave as soon as they were taken care of. But at some point, maybe 3 or 4 months in, God began to turn my heart. I don't know if it's something I heard or something I saw, but the need to be here began to turn into a want-to-be-here. Every day, I wanted to be here. So God began to mold and shape me, and He put people in my life, because He knew I needed to see empirical evidence that this works. One thing I've learned: the trap didn't kill the rat. It was his love for the cheese. Drugs was just a symptom of my real problem: my thinking. I had to change my thinking. There's no finish line on this thing. But I knew at some point God had to change my heart." —– Bailis, celebrating one year of sobriety today!