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Educational Statistics About Children Living in Poverty

Friday, September 16th, 2016
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Children living in poverty do not always have access to the education they so truly deserve.

The back-to-school-jitters are over, and Baltimore students are finally starting to nestle into the school year ahead. For children living in poverty, attaining an adequate education isn’t an easy feat – and by no fault of their own. My Brother’s Keeper is committed to transforming its community, which includes breaking the cycle of poverty. Let’s discuss how this ties into educational growth, school attendance, and more. (more…)

An Interview with Dorothy Cunningham: President of the Irvington Community Association

Thursday, September 8th, 2016
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As a 20-year resident, Dorothy Cunningham takes her role as president of the Irvington Community Association very seriously and wishes for continued positive growth. 

At My Brother’s Keeper, we consider ourselves neighborhood caregivers. Providing members of the Irvington community in Baltimore with invaluable resources is something we are proud to do. We want residents in Irvington to understand that we are all working together towards a greater good. That is why we found it essential to highlight Dorothy Cunningham this week. She is a 20-year resident of the Irvington community, a board member at MBK, and the president of the Irvington Community Association. Read on to learn more about her. (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…)

Start Planning Now to Engage Your Baltimore School This Fall

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
Does your student need volunteer hours or service experience for the upcoming school year? Contact us now!

Does your student need volunteer hours or service experience for the upcoming school year? Contact us now so we can assist with this valuable experience.

Summer isn’t over yet, but before we know it the kids will be gearing up to start another academic school year. For many parents who struggle to feed their children, going back to school is a welcomed transition. In the meantime, if you are wondering how your student can spend these last few weeks of summer in a productive way, we have an idea! Let’s talk about why August is the perfect month to start planning to engage your Baltimore school. (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…)

The Importance of Hydrating the Homeless: Donate Water Today

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Donate water bottles to My Brother's Keeper today to help save a life lost to dehydration.

Donate water bottles to My Brother’s Keeper today to help save a life lost to dehydration.

As these hot summer days grow humid, muggy, and uncomfortable, it’s natural to wonder how anyone could tolerate spending extensive time outdoors. For many in the homeless community in Baltimore, they don’t have a choice. When temperatures rise and emergency shelters are full, it can be difficult for these people to find cool shelter or shade – much less water. Let’s discuss the importance of hydration in the homeless community and how you can help. (more…)

Unite Your Neighbors: Community Outreach and Advocacy in Baltimore

Thursday, July 14th, 2016
Join your neighbors in making your community a better place!

Join your neighbors in making your community a better place!

At My Brother’s Keeper, we are driven by the desire to make our community a better place for ourselves and for our neighbors. We honor the lives of those who grew up in our neighborhood years ago and we hope to improve the quality of life for those are currently residing in Irvington and the generations to come. Let’s discuss the importance of community outreach and advocacy in Baltimore. (more…)

Health Care for the Homeless Granted $1.26 million for HIV Housing Assistance

Friday, July 8th, 2016
Everyone dreams of having a safe home, but for those with HIV achieving this can be especially challenging.

Everyone dreams of having a safe home but for those with HIV, achieving this can be especially challenging.

Earlier this week on July 5, the Baltimore Sun reported that Baltimore’s Health Care for Homeless Inc. was granted $1.26 million in federal funding in order to provide housing assistance and support services to low-income individuals with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and their families. Let’s discuss how we can expect Baltimore to benefit from this funding. (more…)


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