At Helping Up Mission (HUM), we understand the concern and uncertainty many are experiencing surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). I want you to know the health and well-being of our clients, our staff, volunteers, on-site partners, and visitors are top priorities. Our board and senior leaders, staff, and community partners are committed to being responsive to their needs as thisever-changing situation evolves.
While we deeply value each volunteer, visitor and community partner who come to our facilities to care for the men and women in our care, health and safety in this environment must take precedence.
Therefore, effective immediately we are suspending all non-essential volunteers, visitors and external meetings held at our facilities, effective immediately through March 31st.
We are closely monitoring updates from both from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and MD Department of Health (DOH), along with input from our HUM Medical Committee, which includes our clinical providers Greater Baltimore Medical Center Health Partners, and Johns Hopkins University (Cornerstone Clinic)
Each of our departments, and particularly our Program/Operations team, are coordinating and implementing a response plan to minimize the impact on services delivered to the men and women we serve. Some immediate action steps we are implementing include (but not limited to):
Providing primary care of our clients and residential alumni, and addressing individual medical needs, none of which has been deemed COVID-19 infectious
Adopting a “touch-free” greeting on campus, particularly for chapel, graduation services and any other large events.
Our Operations team is also taking proactive steps to procure additional materials and supplies to ensure we have more than typical inventory of food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies on-hand in the event there are any supply chain disruptions.
This is a time for us all to rally together to serve and protect each other from this virus and maintain the focus in providing life-saving and transforming care for the 540 men and women with us who desperately need our help.
Story published on Thriveglobal.com September 17, 2019
By Christina D. Warner, MBA, Order The Art of Healthcare Innovation: Interviews and Industry Insights from 35 Game-Changing Pioneers
“Either the federal government or state governments must create health planning functions to oversee the system…”
“…What makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
Our company is driven by its vision to be the community-based healthcare system that the patient experiences as a “system” and to deliver the care that we would want for our own loved ones to every patient, every time. Our core competency is redesigning care. We are based in Towson, Maryland but have expanded into the city of Baltimore to open a patient-centered medical home at the Helping Up Mission…”
Helping Up Mission has been mentioned in a nice response article published in the Baltimore Sun:
BALTIMORE SUN | SEP 04, 2019 |
Maria Harris Tildon, Baltimore
The writer is executive vice president for marketing, communications and external affairs at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.
The article reads:
…In Baltimore, the Helping Up Mission, which assists individuals battling addiction and homelessness, recently began using a $50,000 grant from CareFirst to offer dental and oral health care to its clients — 15 of whom gained employment after receiving their dental care.
Mike Siers, Director of the Regional Economic Studies Institute at Towson University recently presented the economic impact study results entitled Impact and Reach of Helping Up Mission (HUM) to our board Program Commitee. The study is based on graduates of HUM and their impact on the Maryland economy and was graciously funded by BTU Partnerships for Greater Baltimore.
When a participant graduates from the Helping Up Mission with employment, they contribute substantially to Maryland’s economy. Their employment supports jobs, economic output, and employee compensation, in addition to contributing to state and local taxes. Regardless of employment status, Maryland saves money that might otherwise be spent on incarceration, hospitalization, or homelessness. These savings are seen both while a participant is enrolled in the program, as well as for years after a participant has graduated.
The Qlarant Foundation, the mission arm of Qlarant Inc., held a reception and information-sharing event at their Easton headquarters designed to celebrate the 2019-2020 grant awards. Each of the eighteen different charities from locations throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. were given their designated monetary award, and Maryland Senator Addie Eckhart gave citations to her Eastern Shore grant recipients. Helping Up Mission received $25,000 for Oral Health/Dental and Health Access. Sarah Kerr and Kristopher Sharrar, CFRE attended the event and accepted the grant on HUM’s behalf. Thank you Qlarant for your award! #celebrate #health#dental#oralhealth
Building at 1716 East Baltimore Street—June 5, 2019—a week before demolition. (Photo: Jennifer Bishop)
Seafarers hall was a gathering place and a waiting room to adventure
By Rafael Alvarez
As the Tall Ships sailed into the Port of Baltimore over the Bicentennial Summer of 1976, I waited to ship out of Crabtown at the Seafarers International Union hall just east of downtown.
I had graduated high school just a few weeks before; 18, eager to take a bite out of the world and completely unprepared for the work soon be expected of me in the deck department. The only knot I’d mastered was the one I used to tie my shoes.
But however ignorant of actual seafaring, I was long familiar with the large building where I waited for a job on a ship—1216 East Baltimore Street, just off the corner of Central Avenue and a block away from the Lloyd Street synagogue and Attman’s Delicatessen in Baltimore’s original Jewish neighborhood.