About Helping Up Mission
Helping Up Mission (HUM) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1885 to meet the needs of Baltimore City and the
surrounding counties’ poor and underserved residents. For 132 years, HUM has developed deep roots among the
inner city’s disadvantaged people, helping countless individuals overcome poverty, homelessness, and addiction.
HUM is located on the 1000 block of East Baltimore Street in the Historic Jonestown community of Baltimore City.
HUM is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, serving 500 men daily in eight distinctive programs:
1. Overnight Guest Services – Emergency overnight shelter (50 beds)
2. Spiritual Recovery Program (SRP) – 12-month substance use disorder recovery program (300 beds)
3. Internship Training Program – Leadership skills training program for SRP members (36 members)
4. Graduate Spiritual Recovery Program (GSRP) – 6-month relapse program (11 beds)
5. Graduate Transitional Housing Program – 2-year graduate aftercare housing and services (50 beds)
6. Graduate Supportive Housing Program – Semi-permanent graduate housing (16 beds)
7. Veterans Contract Housing Program – Bridge housing for homeless veterans (25 beds)
8. Johns Hopkins Hospital Contract Housing Program – Transitional housing for Broadway Center for
Addiction (48 beds)
Additionally, Helping Up Mission works in partnership with the Baltimore City’s Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services to provide
a day shelter program (2:00pm-6:00pm) for 70 women in safe, warm accommodations at 601 East Chase Street. In addition
HUM is developing a short-term (10 days or less) medically assisted residential program in partnership with Johns Hopkins
Bayview Medical Center; an emergency department diversion program in conjunction with Johns Hopkins Broadway Center
for Addictions (14 beds); and soon to begin HUM Spiritual Recovery Program (SRP) (20 beds).
Beyond meeting the basic needs of shelter, food and clothing, effectively we are addressing the underlying causes
of homelessness, poverty and addiction, empowering residents’ transformation to wholeness.
We track recovery growth in five key areas: Hope, Health, Home, Purpose, and Community. Since 1999, more than
1,489 men have graduated from the 1-year SRP, including 105 in 2017. Men achieve educational milestones (20 high
school graduations in 2017), return to gainful employment (115 in 2017), and progress from homelessness to stable
housing (50 in 2017).