So you want to get involved, to give back, to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Perhaps you’ve donated to Helping Up Mission and other organizations, and maybe you’ve volunteered with us. These are all wonderful things – but you want to go deeper. You want to move beyond transactional interactions to real, mutual relationships with people who are materially poor. But where do you start? You might consider working through the course Are You A Good …Read More
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"I was clean for over a year… but I wasn't happy. I would work, pay the bills, come home… and sit. The loneliness was unbearable. I relapsed, but eventually managed to find my way here. One of the great things about this program, and especially this retreat, is the relationships that grow. The loneliness is receding, day by day… I'm starting to learn from the good times, now, not just the bad. I'm starting to see that Jesus has been with me through both." —– Justin, 1 month #clean and #sober, watching the sunrise across the Bay this morning at our spring retreat
Helping Up Mission was delighted to have Bishop Madden celebrate Easter Mass with our men. KEVIN J. PARKS APRIL 2, 2018 Archdiocese of Baltimore Randy Z‘s decline began about five years ago with the deaths of loved ones. Consumed by addiction and homelessness, he found himself outside on a bitterly cold February night in 2017 lying on a bench waiting for a bed in the detox unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Read Kevin J. Park’s full story HERERead More
"I started using heroin when I was 15. No one knows what it's like to need to put $50 in your body before you can brush your teeth – no one knows what it's like unless you've been through it. It's like waking up with the flu-times-one-thousand. Every night I'm not going to sleep, I'm laying down and resting my eyes for 3 hours, getting right back up at 4'o'clock in the morning. I'm getting picked up from a small town in Carroll County, Maryland, by older white men that would otherwise not talk to me at all, so we can go down and I can get them their fix, their money can get me mine, and I can get dropped back off to get on a school bus and go to school and perform, pass tests, give speeches, and act like nothing was wrong. One teacher my senior year spoke to me. She said 'You know, Eric, I know you've had some problems, and if there's something I could do to stop you, I would… Only you have the answer. Please let me know what I can do to help.' I looked her dead in her face and said 'There is nothing wrong with me.' What can you tell a teenager – especially a teenager who feels like he or she is in charge? When you're not done, you're not done. And I was out to do harm to myself. I couldn't do enough drugs. …I didn't have enough to live for to worry about dying. I believe that's what's different about this time around. I'm never gonna say 'I've got this, I'm okay,' but I'm definitely alright. I now work for a prominent local hospital, linking people with the help and the hope that they need to possibly seek treatment. I don't always have an answer, but I do have an ear to listen." —– Eric, 11 months #clean and #sober, shares some of his story on @drugstoriesproject – listen at the link in our bio!
“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 helpingupmission.org/stories/blue
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"I loved getting a real professional portrait taken… I joked with the photographer that this one is for my obituary… but nothing could be further from the truth. I'm smiling because today I understand what life is really all about." – Phil, 334 days #clean and #sober, showing off his professional headshot courtesy of #HelpPortrait2018 @help_portrait
Helping Up Mission is featured on the United Way of Central Maryland website. To view the video CLICK HERERead More
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 HERERead More
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 …Read More