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“I was getting high for 52 years” – Blue’s recovery story

“I am a firm believer that the small things in life make the difference. The big [things] are going to happen to everyone. The little ones are gifts. When someone talks to you and they actually care, it’s something you remember. It can make a huge difference in the rest of your day. It might make a difference in the rest of your life. Care might be the difference between life and death.” Read more at

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Maryland law firms help expunge criminal records for Giving Tuesday

WMAR Staff BALTIMORE (WMAR) – Law firms in Maryland teamed up for Giving Tuesday to help people expunge their criminal records. Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and Venable, a Baltimore law firm, set out to help 40 clients expunge 250 criminal record convictions so they can have easier access to jobs, houses, and time with their children. Both firms worked with the Helping Up Mission, which aims to help people who are overcoming poverty, homelessness, and addiction. To Read More CLICK HERE

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Choir from St. John in Westminster heads to Carnegie Hall

Check out this great article about Helping Up Staff member and CFO Michael Burns: By Emily Rosenthal of the Catholic Review   WESTMINSTER – Fifteen choirs will participate in the world premiere of “Rhapsody in Bluegrass” at Carnegie Hall in New York City Nov. 27. Only one has a Catholic connection: the adult choir from St. John Parish in Westminster. “We’re a little parish choir in Westminster, invited to perform at Carnegie Hall,” said Regina McCurdy, director of liturgical music …

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Maryland nonprofits join ‘Giving Tuesday’ movement, solicit donations, volunteerism

Yvonne Wenger Contact Reporter The Baltimore Sun A coalition of young people is searching for 614,000 pledges of time, money or acts of kindness as part of a local #GivingTuesday campaign to secure one charitable action in honor of every Baltimore resident. The global fundraising movement has raised tens of millions of dollars locally and generated creative outpourings in Maryland since it was established in 2012, such as a dance crew posting step-by-step video tutorials on social media to raise money …

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Dustin’s recovery story

“I was using drugs for so long that I didn’t know how to live without them.”

Dustin's recovery story


Baltimore Shelters Take on Veteran Homelessness

Baltimore Shelters Take on Veteran Homelessness

Brendan McNamara 8:51 PM, Nov 8, 2017 BALTIMORE, Md. (WMAR) – Homelessness is a problem that still impacts tens of thousands of veterans across the country. In Baltimore, traditional shelters are teaming with veteran organizations dedicated to helping those who have served. One of those shelters is the Helping Up Mission. “It gave me hope at a time when I was really hopeless,” says Kris Sharrar, a former airman and current Helping Up Director of Philanthropy. Sharrar says the transition …

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