USICH Extra Mile Recognitions

Today, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) hosted the annual Extra Mile Recognitions Ceremony.  The Extra Mile Recognitions are awarded to local, state, and federal stakeholders who have made extraordinary efforts to support USICH’s mission and improve outcomes for Americans experiencing homelessness.

HUM CEO Bob Gehman and Cornerstone Director Dr. Dennis Antoine were awarded the Annual Extra Mile Recognition from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, in the category of “Mental Health and Trauma Informed Care Are Critical.”
The are awarded to local, state and federal stakeholders who have made extraordinary efforts to support USICH’s mission and improve outcomes for Americans experiencing homelessness.


$340k in Grants Given to Maryland and D.C. Non-Profit Organizations

July 15, 2020, Easton, MD – Qlarant Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Qlarant, the nationally recognized program integrity and quality company, has awarded financial grants to sixteen Maryland and District of Columbia organizations. Members of the Board of Directors for Qlarant Foundation held a virtual reception for the 2020 Grant Awards.

In an average year, Qlarant holds their annual awards ceremony in their Easton, Maryland headquarters. In the current environment, hosting a physical reception for the grantees was not a viable option. A virtual reception was planned instead.

To read the full press release click here.

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Johns Hopkins steps in to help shelters, communities ravaged by Covid-19

By   – Associate Editor, Baltimore Business Journal

… “The Go Team has conducted nearly 700 Covid-19 tests since the pandemic began at Health Care for the Homeless and four other shelters: Helping Up Mission, Kipp School, Marian House and Esther’s Place. Lindamood said Hopkins recognized that “large shelters were like tinder boxes, and if there were a cluster that lingered there, it was gonna spread rapidly.” But “if you respond quickly and then get people isolated as quickly as you can, you can slow the spread.”…

Click here to read more of Ethan McLeod’s story  Johns Hopkins steps in to help shelters, communities ravaged by Covid-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Helping Up Mission Family – 

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 clientsour 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 this ever-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 carehealth 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 May 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 Committeewhich 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. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Future of Healthcare: “Either the federal government or state governments must create health planning functions to oversee the system” with Dr. John B. Chessare, CEO of GBMC HealthCare in Baltimore, Maryland

Story published on 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…”

To read the full article click here

How Partnerships Come Together

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.

To read the full article click here.




Impact and Reach of Helping Up Mission

Impact and Reach of Helping Up Mission

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.
To view the full presentation click here
To read the full report pdf click here