March 10th, 2017
Volunteering in Baltimore is a meaningful act that holds benefits for both parties involved.
Volunteering your time and efforts isn’t just about the party in need. Helping other people feels good and can benefit the human body and brain in ways most people don’t consider. Let’s discuss why volunteering in Baltimore is a great option if you are looking for an activity with meaningful benefits. Read the rest of this entry »
March 3rd, 2017
Photo courtesy of Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun
Five years ago when Canadian artist Timothy P. Schmalz visited inner city Toronto, he saw a homeless person sleeping on a bench – an image most Baltimore residents are all too familiar with. Keep reading to learn more about the inspiration behind the “Homeless Jesus” statue that now has a temporary home in Baltimore. Read the rest of this entry »
February 20th, 2017
More than 1,400 young people in Baltimore are living on their own without a stable place to call home
Health Care For the Homeless, Inc. estimates that at least 3,000 people in Baltimore suffer from homelessness on any given night, with 50,000 people experiencing homelessness annually statewide. Yesterday, WBAL released a report shedding some light on the increase in homeless youth numbers in Baltimore. Along with that, the lack of resources available to homeless children who aren’t accompanied by an adult. Let us tell you more about this local concern. Read the rest of this entry »
February 13th, 2017
Show your love for your Baltimore community through volunteering, fundraising, and charitable giving! Photo: Baltimore Love Project
Valentine’s Day is coming up and during this time of year people often think of ways to show their love to their significant other, friends, or family members. At My Brother’s Keeper, we believe that showing love and gratitude to the people in your community can be one of the most rewarding gifts of all. Let’s discuss how you can bring your Baltimore community together this February and every month moving forward in an effort to make a difference. Read the rest of this entry »
January 26th, 2017
To access Baltimore County emergency shelters you must call 410-853-3000 and choose option 2.
At My Brother’s Keeper, we understand that winter can be frightening and fatal for our brothers and sisters who are facing homelessness. Hypothermia can set in when temperatures are between 32 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. However, Baltimore is only authorized to declare a Code Blue Alert (which opens up emergency shelter) when temps fall to 13 degrees wind chill or lower. Thankfully, there are emergency shelters in place in Baltimore City and the surrounding counties that provide life-saving winter relief to those in need. This week we’d like to enlighten you on Baltimore County winter shelter and emergency housing options. Please keep these resources in mind if you or someone you know is facing homelessness in Baltimore County. Read the rest of this entry »
January 20th, 2017
Arundel House of Hope’s Winter Relief Program is a valuable resource for those in need of shelter from the harsh cold.
Winter is not over until March 20th, which means that the next couple of months are only going to grow more frigid and life threatening for the homeless communities in Baltimore and the surrounding areas. In last week’s blog, we shared that Hope for the Homeless reinstituted a rotating shelter program to address the need for emergency housing and winter relief in Harford County. This week, we would like to shed light on emergency housing options in Anne Arundel County. Please take note of these resources so that you can appropriately refer someone in need to their nearest shelter. Read the rest of this entry »
January 13th, 2017
“Pastor Rick Haynes, head of security for the rotating shelter program run by the Harford County Hope for the Homeless Alliance, talks with guest Carolyn Castello Wednesday at this week’s shelter at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bel Air.” (Source: The Baltimore Sun/David Anderson)
Weather in Maryland is uncharacteristically warm at the moment, but what happens when temperatures drop again? Homelessness in Baltimore and the surrounding areas can quickly turn fatal in the winter months, as we addressed in last week’s blog “Winter Homelessness in Baltimore: The Issue with Code Blue.” My Brother’s Keeper is happy to share that Hope for the Homeless has reinstituted a rotating shelter program to address the need for emergency housing in the nearby Harford County this season. Read the rest of this entry »
January 6th, 2017
Do you see what’s wrong with this picture? Baltimore can only declare a Code Blue Alert when temperatures fall to 13 degrees wind chill or lower, much lower than surrounding areas. (Image: National Coalition for the Homeless)
Maryland winters can be highly unpredictable. From snow dustings to blizzards to uncharacteristically warm days in between, it can be difficult for a homeless person to know when they need to seek emergency shelter. Winter homelessness in Baltimore is incredibly dangerous, as many residents realized last month following the death of a local homeless man. Keep reading to learn more information about this unfortunate tragedy and to find out what the issue is with “Code Blue” in Baltimore. Read the rest of this entry »
December 30th, 2016
Join MBK for Basket and Bags Bingo on March 5, 2017
If you are looking for a fun and exciting way to contribute to our life changing efforts here at My Brother’s Keeper, we’ve got good news for you – Basket and Bags Bingo is back! What better way to give back to your local community in Irvington than by putting the “fun” in fundraising with a friendly game of bingo? Keep reading for more information, we would love your participation. Read the rest of this entry »
December 23rd, 2016
Happy holidays from My Brother’s Keeper! Thank you for a year full of generosity, love, faith, and good deeds.
The holiday season can be a hectic and overwhelming time, but it is important to remember what matters most – family, friends, and faith. Here at My Brother’s Keeper, our yearlong mission is to provide social services and tools to inspire hope and transform the Irvington community. We could not fulfill this mission or work towards our common goal without the help of our generous donors and volunteers. For that we would like to thank all of you who have contributed to our efforts, from the bottom of our hearts, for your invaluable support. If you are not already familiar with what we do at MBK, keep reading to find out how to get involved! Read the rest of this entry »