Qlarant Foundation Awards $412,500 to Non-Profits in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Grants support charitable community organizations across the region

Easton, Maryland, June 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Qlarant Foundation, the mission arm of Qlarant, will provide grants totaling $412,500 to 20 community organizations that support underserved populations in Maryland and Washington, DC.

The Foundation reviewed applications from 79 highly-qualified organizations and ultimately selected eighteen organizations to receive grants and ranging from $10,000 to $40,000. In addition, they selected two organizations to receive smaller financial gifts to support short-term projects.

“Our grantee organizations are a special group, dedicated to improving the lives of extremely vulnerable people in their communities,” said Dominic Szwaja, Chair of the Qlarant Foundation Board of Directors.

“The efforts of these organizations reach people across a large geographic area and address both medical and social issues impacting their clients’ health.” Dr. Catherine Smoot-Haselnus, Chair of the Qlarant Board of Directors said, “As we experienced last year at the start of the pandemic, COVID-19 has intensified the needs of these organizations. We’re so pleased to be able to once again, have the opportunity to support programs that improve the health of individuals and communities in the region.”

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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.

Helping Up Mission- Women’s and Children’s Center

Posted by SL on October 21, 2020

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For generations, Helping Up Mission has helped the homeless people and those suffering addiction by offering them a chance at a new life. Located in Baltimore, MD, Helping Up Mission has facilities that care for people who are desperate for help. Coming soon is another facility on Baltimore Street that will focus on women struggling with addiction and mental health issues, and will give them and their children the help that they need. The Women’s and Children’s Center will be approximately 145,000 sq ft and will care for up to 200 women at one time. The Inspiring Hope campaign goal is $61 million, and they are just shy of $10 million away to fund the construction of this facility.

Leonard Kraus Co. is excited to be a part of this project. We are nearing completion of the exterior wall panels which were pre-fabricated in our panel shop, then delivered and installed by our crews. This reduced schedules and made a small site much easier to navigate with other trades. Leonard Kraus Co. will continue work into the interior of the building. Metal stud, drywall, LGMF, and acoustical ceilings will be the majority of the interior work that we are completing.

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$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.

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Or visit: https://www.qlarant.com/about/qlarant-foundation/current-grantees/helping-up-mission/

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.”…

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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)