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“Homeless Jesus” Statue at Home in Baltimore Through the Fall

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Photo courtesy of Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun

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. (more…)

Honor Lives Lost at the Baltimore Overdose Awareness Day Remembrance Vigil

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
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“Events are planned throughout the day to remember those who have lost their lives to overdose and to ensure that those at risk have the opportunity for a second chance.”

Back in February, we addressed drug use in Baltimore in a blog about President Obama’s decision to propose $1 billion in funds to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic. You can learn more about that here. Today, August 31, is International Overdose Awareness Day, and we want to shed some light on important events throughout the city as we honor those lives lost to overdose. At My Brother’s Keeper, we are proud to provide social services to those in need, including addiction treatment referrals. (more…)

5 Ways Average Community Members Can Contribute to Improving the Police Climate in Baltimore

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
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The Baltimore police and its communities must rebuild mutual trust if they want to decrease violence and pain.

In our most recent blog post, we discussed the new Baltimore police reforms and what communities can expect following a scathing U.S. Justice Department report released on August 10. The report revealed shocking statistics, confirming the suspicions of many residents that the BCPD routinely violates the civil rights of black residents. This week, we’d like to focus on action and how average community members can contribute to improving the current police climate in Baltimore. MBK’s executive director Danise Jones-Dorsey and the president of the Irvington community, Dorothy Cunningham, will also weigh in on the issue. (more…)

New Baltimore Police Reforms: What Communities Can Expect

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
How do you think the new Baltimore police reforms will affect Irvington and other communities?

How do you think the new Baltimore police reforms will affect Irvington and other communities?

It’s no secret that the Baltimore City police department has been under the microscope since the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015. Police misconduct was in question and there was a major outcry from communities all over town demanding justice and a change in the BCPD. On August 10, 2016, Baltimore officials pledged to carry out sweeping police department reforms following a scathing U.S. Justice Department report that was released on Tuesday. Let’s discuss what these new Baltimore police reforms mean for Irvington and other communities in our city. (more…)

Rise Up! A Baltimore Homeless Teen Gets National Recognition

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
Homeless Baltimore teen Jayna Brown sings "Rise Up" on America's Got Talent and receives an amazing response.

Homeless Baltimore teen Jayna Brown sang “Rise Up” on America’s Got Talent and received an amazing response.

At My Brother’s Keeper, we do our best to stress the importance of youth programs and community support. Inspiring young people to follow their dreams and take an active role in their futures – regardless of their own conditions of poverty, education, and lifestyle – can change the world and improve the quality of life for generations to come. Let’s discuss why a Baltimore homeless teen is receiving national recognition and praise from the public. (more…)

Federal Government Cuts $3.8 Million in Aid That Will Impact Baltimore Homeless

Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Many people in the Baltimore homeless community will struggle in light of this budget cut.

Many people in the Baltimore homeless community will struggle to find an open shelter bed in the near future. 

On May 12th, the Baltimore Sun reported that the federal government cut $3.8 million in aid to an array of nonprofit and faith-based organizations. Federal officials say this decision was made in an effort redirect funds nationwide towards permanent housing for the homeless, as opposed to temporarily facilities. Let’s discuss the impact of this cut in federal funding and how it might affect both Baltimore as a city and My Brother’s Keeper as a resource. (more…)

Mental Health and the Importance of Crisis Intervention

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
If you feel depressed, hopeless, anxious, or out of touch – you are not alone. There is help available to you.

If you feel depressed, hopeless, anxious, or out of touch – you are not alone. There is help available to you.

There are many sad truths about mental illness, but perhaps one of the most troubling is society’s attempt to sweep these issues under the rug. While mental health and behavioral resources do exist, it can be difficult for someone who is not well to identify that they need help – much less seek it on their own.

At My Brother’s Keeper, we understand the importance of crisis intervention and know that people who are affected by poverty or mental illness often feel isolated, trapped, or beyond help. We strive to be a neighborhood caregiver in the Irvington community. Let’s talk about how our specialized staff connects people in need with the resources necessary to regain their health and stability here in Baltimore. (more…)

Catherine Pugh wins Democratic Primary for Baltimore Mayor: What is Her Plan?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
Sen. Catherine Pugh earned 37 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary election, but she won't be able to officially secure the position until the general election in November.

Sen. Catherine Pugh earned 37 percent of the vote in the Democratic primaries, but still must run in the November general election to officially earn her seat as mayor of Baltimore.

On April 26th, Maryland State Sen. Catherine Pugh defeated former Mayor Sheila Dixon in the Democratic primary election for Baltimore mayor. At Irvington, My Brother’s Keeper, we believe Baltimore residents must understand and be active in the city’s political process. MBK would like to share with you Senator Pugh’s plans for the city and the implications of her plans for Irvington My Brother’s keepers guests. (more…)

Make Baltimore a Better Place this Earth Day

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

 

We urge you to join the Earth Day movement and take action towards building a healthier, more sustainable environment here in Baltimore.

We urge you to join the Earth Day movement and take action towards building a healthier, more sustainable environment here in Baltimore.

Here at My Brother’s Keeper, we do our best to emphasize the importance of giving back to your community and the value in helping other people often. We want to encourage you to make a difference in the place you call home whether it means volunteering your time serving food in our kitchen, stressing the importance of school attendance to your children, or donating the clothing you no longer need to the less fortunate. The list goes on and on.

Today, we wanted to remind you that it’s not just people in your community that need your help. We urge you to join the Earth Day movement and take action towards building a healthier, more sustainable environment here in Baltimore. If you’d like to benefit MBK this weekend, don’t forget to grab a ticket to our Spring Jazz BBQ Event happening on Sunday, April 24th! (more…)


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