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
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“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…”

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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.

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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.
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WJZ “Coffee with”

HUM in the News

Helping Up Mission Director of Philanthropy Kris Sharrar joined local artist Luke Martin and photographer Josh Sinn, on WJZ, to discuss their artwork benefiting HUM.

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Current Grantees Summary of Qlarant Grant Awards ~ 2019 – 2020 Grant Cycle

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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

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FAREWELL TO A WAYSTATION Chesapeake Bay Magazine


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

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.

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GBMC Brings Primary Care to Baltimore City, with Helping Up Mission

GBMC Brings Primary Care to Baltimore City, with Helping Up Mission

GBMC Brings Primary Care to Baltimore City, with Helping Up Mission

June 17, 2019
Since 2010, GBMC has been at the forefront of comprehensive primary care in the region, transforming our healthcare delivery system and revolutionizing the patient care experience with an Advanced Primary Care Model utilized in 10 primary care sites throughout Baltimore and Harford Counties.

Now, we are taking our model to Baltimore City.

In partnership with Helping Up Mission (HUM) – a nonprofit located in historic Jonestown whose mission is to provide comprehensive recovery services for men fighting addiction, poverty and homelessness in Greater Baltimore – GBMC will deliver advanced primary care services to 500 of their clients with high acuity healthcare needs and more than 1,500 alumni who are encouraged to maintain their recovery and remain accountable through the HUM Alumni Program.