Archive for November, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from MBK

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

MBK would like to wish our community, readers, friends, family, and service members a very happy Thanksgiving. We hope you are able to spend it with family, an important thing during the holiday season. Remember to reflect on what you give thanks for this year.

We would like to give thanks to our supporters, community, and everyone who has made it possible this year to help those in need. We’re proud of our amazing progress this year in guiding and assisting those who need it most. Our greatest joy comes from helping our community thrive and grow.


Reaching Out to Mothers and Children

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

It can be hard for a mother and her children in a difficult or threatening home situation to make the decision to leave. Many times, food, shelter, and finances are an issue. If the spouse is in control of the finances, a mother may feel pressured to stay so her children can be fed, have a warm bed, and other things the mother may not have access to right away if she leaves an abusive situation.emergency-shelter-baltimore


Giving Thanks?

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Giving thanks appealAs we once again approach the Thanksgiving season, we truly give thanks that this past year, through the grace of God’s love, we have once again been able to make a significant, positive impact in the lives of so many members within Irvington’s marginalized community.

As always, none of this could be possible without the dedicated volunteers who give so much of themselves — and to those who provide the many in-kind and monetary donations to help us fulfill our mission.

This past spring, we all saw frustration erupt from within our minority communities here in Baltimore, revealing just some of the many social challenges we continue to face in our beloved city.

On the bright side, those events served only to steel our determination here at My Brother’s Keeper to redouble our efforts in showing God’s love and mercy by meeting the needs of the marginalized members of our community.

We ask you to ponder this Thanksgiving season the blessings God has bestowed upon you this past year, and we ask you to give strong consideration as to whether you might be able to say thank you by helping us achieve the goals of food security, access to somatic and mental healthcare; employment for all and changing education outcomes for children in the Irvington community.

We list several ways you can assist under the How You Can Help tab on our website’s homepage — from volunteering, to in-kind contributions, to making a financial donation.

We urge you, particularly in this year of 2015, to show the compassion we know exists here in Baltimore. More now than ever, this is the time to show that Baltimore cares for its own.

Thank you, and May God bless you and yours this Thanksgiving.

You can find out more about our services, including hot meals, employment assistance, health services and youth programs, by calling MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.

How to Help the Baltimore Homeless this Winter

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Helpin Baltimore Homeless

Winter is approaching and its one of the hardest times of the year for the Baltimore Homeless to find shelter as first-come, first-served becomes a competition on whether someone homeless has a bed for the cold nights. Under a recent system, someone homeless who gets a bed at a shelter can have the bed for a max of 90 days. The catch is claiming the bed by 4pm everyday.The system was created to reduce the line wait and encourage people to look for work and alternative housing during the winter days. It is challenging for shelters and city officials to tackle Baltimore homelessness, but there are ways to effectively help the Baltimore homeless this winter.

There are thousands of homeless in the city of Baltimore and when the temperatures drop its very important to find housing and jobs for the homeless. The city of Baltimore has a 10 year plan to end Baltimore Homelessness via an initiative called The Journey Home, having a goal to create permanent housing for the homeless rather than rely on temporary city shelters. Many homeless in Baltimore often complain some shelters are ill-equipped and not the cleanest environments.

Every winter there are casualties from exposure and hypothermia. Covering up with blankets is not enough when wind chills plunge to zero degrees. For those who see homeless on wind chill days and nights, you can call hypothermia hotline to alert patrols of someone in need when the temperatures drop. The patrols help the homeless find shelters and those who refuse shelter are given blankets, clothes and warm drinks.The patrol will check-in for those who refuse shelter. The number to reach patrol in Baltimore is 311 but there are other ways to help the Baltimore homeless. One way to help the homeless is assisting them in finding the right programs and shelters for them to receive support. You can even volunteer and donate to public health organizations who support the homeless and poor in the Baltimore area. Remember they will know where your support will benefit the homeless most.

You can also donate essential items like winter clothing, toothpaste, clean linens, and first aid kits. The things we take for granted during our day truly make a difference to the homeless. Another great way to help the homeless is to create jobs for them. If you do not have the means to create jobs, you can train them on something you are knowledgeable about. More importantly, donate food. We all need to eat everyday. If you can donate food to the homeless or volunteer at a soup kitchen, do it. From supporting low-cost medical care to advocating for affordable housing, there are many ways to help the homeless. My Brothers Keeper is here to help those most in need and we are as strong as our support. Our programs are based on community need as well as the grants available to us at the time. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.

To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meals, employment assistance, health services and youth programs, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+PinterestTwitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.

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