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Baltimore Ceasefire Seeks to Slow Violence

August 11th, 2017
Baltimore Ceasefire

Baltimore has a problem with violence and the organizers at Baltimore Ceasefire are attempting to alleviate that.

This past weekend, organizers of a 72-hour Baltimore Ceasefire initiative took to the streets to march, pray, and heal with other residents of Baltimore City. Their goal was to slow the pace of violence in their community and encouraged residents of Baltimore to go one full weekend without anyone getting murdered. The participants of Baltimore Ceasefire are deeply invested in the well-being of their city and bringing us all together for a more unified sense of community. They aren’t unrealistic about their goals–they know their initiative may not instantly stop murders in Baltimore, but it can certainly help to alleviate some of the violence embedded in our town.

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Helping Hydrate the Homeless

August 4th, 2017
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Keeping hydrated is a necessity for all of us, but it can be particularly difficult for the homeless population.

Summer is still in full swing–the weather is hot, muggy, and humid. Many of us have the benefit of enjoying our air conditioned homes as an escape from the awful heat, but there’s a huge homeless community in Baltimore who don’t have this option. It’s difficult enough for the homeless to find shelter and shade, but it can be even more difficult for them to find water. Keeping the homeless community hydrated is incredibly important to us here at My Brother’s Keeper so we want to discuss how you can help.

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Celebrating the Success of Baltimore’s YouthWorks

July 28th, 2017
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My Brother’s Keeper was happy to be a part of the massively successful YouthWorks initiative this summer!

YouthWorks is a Baltimore City program offering summer employment for thousands of young people every year. This year, in particular, the program was especially ambitious and hopeful. Thankfully, the city was given over $10 million in funding for the program and was able to offer over 8,000 youths jobs. My Brother’s Keeper was proud to be a part of the YouthWorks program and hosted 10 local youth, aged 15-17 as either rising juniors or seniors, during the summer. Part of what these young students did with My Brother’s Keeper was to develop resumes, earn computer literacy certificates from the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, participated in a one day financial literacy workshop, and expanded upon skills such as attendance, punctuality, problem-solving, and team interaction. As a part of the Youthworks program, we want to take a look at what YouthWorks is and why it’s so important.

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To All involved in The First Gift of Giving Lunch Making Project

May 1st, 2017
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Thank you!

All of you are amazing!!  Lunch makers extraordinaire! Amid what was sometimes a lot of busyness and ‘who is doing what, when,’ ALL of you were flexible, caring, and Spirit driven when preparing the lunches for the gentlemen at Westside.  You looked out from yourselves to do for others. You were willing to take precious time to affect positive change! For that and the fantastic lunches THANK YOU!

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Mental Health and Crisis Intervention in Baltimore

May 1st, 2017
Crisis Intervention in Baltimore

If you need crisis intervention in Baltimore, My Brother’s Keeper is here to help.

It’s an unfortunate reality that mental illness carries with it such a prevalent stigma. There are those that are afraid of the mentally ill, and society has cast an unfair blanket image of violence and instability on mental illness as a whole. This, when compounded with the already-damaging stigma against the homeless as being dangerous or more likely to commit to criminal actions, can result in the mentally ill homeless population being untreated. As a result, crisis intervention in Baltimore is incredibly important for those dealing with their mental health, and we at Irvington My Brother’s Keeper want to highlight some unfortunate mental health realities.

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Spring Showers: The Necessity of Emergency Shelters in Baltimore

April 28th, 2017
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Spring showers can be a health risk just like snowstorms. That’s why emergency shelters in Baltimore are so important.

For many of us, spring showers represent a time of growth and beauty. Spring is in the air and everyone seems glad that the weather has finally warmed up. It’s been rainy lately, and it’s expected to keep on raining, so it’s important to take some time to reflect on how rain impacts others. Homelessness renders some people without the ability to escape the harshness of rain. Baltimore City’s Code Blue only impacts winter shelters, so we must rely on alternatives: emergency shelters in Baltimore.

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The Importance of Supporting Soup Kitchens in Baltimore City

April 17th, 2017
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Why is it so important to support soup kitchens in Baltimore City? We aim to find out.

Irvington My Brother’s Keeper is incredibly proud to be a part of the soup kitchens in Baltimore City. We offer a variety of meal programs, including hot lunch programs as well as bag lunch programs. It’s our goal to help feed those in need. Unfortunately, some people might wonder: what’s so important about soup kitchens in Baltimore City? We’re here to help shed the light on why these meal programs are so important.

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Need Help Getting Counseling in Baltimore?

April 10th, 2017
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Counseling and crisis management are critical services for the residents of Baltimore.

My Brother’s Keeper is here to help. We recognize the importance of getting counseling in Baltimore, especially when you’re struggling through the difficulties of poverty. Navigating your financial recovery is difficult enough as is. If you’re unsure of where to turn and what to do, My Brother’s Keeper is happy to offer our guests counseling. We have a track record of helping over 500 guests per year. We want to help put you in touch with lasting resources that can change your life forever.

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Spring Cleaning: The Perfect Time to Donate

April 3rd, 2017
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Spring is a great time to clean up your home and donate anything you don’t need.

A lot of us use spring as a time to purge our homes of things we don’t need through donations. Maybe you have some clothes that no longer fit, cans of food you aren’t really planning on using, basics like paper towels that you bought too much of. While searching your home for goods you no longer need, it’s time to start considering donating. Donating not only helps those in need, but it’ll make you feel good as well. Here is some more info about where you can donate this spring!

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Child Sleep Statistics and How They Relate to Early Development

March 24th, 2017
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Adequate sleep is a critical cornerstone to early childhood development.

Whether you spent a long day at the office or pulled an all-nighter cramming for an exam, we all understand how it feels to be tired. Focus becomes difficult, memories grow hazy, and the quality of work your brain is able to produce diminishes. Getting a good night’s sleep is important for any person, but it is especially critical for children. Don’t believe us? Let’s shed light on some child sleep statistics that may change your mind. Read the rest of this entry »


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