July 2015 Executive Director Update

Dear Friends,

Helping Up Mission is a place where the human spirit comes alive with hope. The proof of that is achievements men make while they live in our one year residential therapeutic recovery community.

Drug addiction kills the human spirit, bringing about a sense of deep hopelessness and despair where suicidal thoughts and attempts are common. It’s an experience of living in darkness. For a person struggling with long-term drug addiction, jail time and homelessness, nothing short of a spiritual awakening will suffice. A common saying at HUM among our men is, “stay until the miracle happens” implying correctly that time and God’s presence is the change that will bring about all other good changes.

Read the story of Jerome Dorman and the miracle he received and the achievement of a high school diploma at age 57. Now having received his high school diploma he wants to be the first of his family to earn a college degree – which happened this past month! This is such a contrast to his previous life in drugs. This is the story of 500 men here at HUM whose life recovery you are making possible.

Please remember the summer offers no vacation for those who struggle with poverty, homelessness and addiction. We need your continuing support for miracles to continue at HUM during the summer months. Thank you for bringing life changing hope to the lives of broken men and making Baltimore a better place!

God bless you all.

Robert K. Gehman Executive Director