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Helping to Improve School Attendance

Monday, December 1st, 2014

School Attendance

At My Brother’s Keeper, we recognize the importance of attendance for children of all ages when it comes to school. Missing a large amount of time in the classroom will stunt a child both socially and academically. Not only is time spent in the classroom imperative for academic learning, it is also essential for developing relationships and social skills. When children are absent from the classroom, they suffer. Because of this, My Brother’s Keeper has partnered with Beechfield Elementary/ Middle Schools within the Baltimore City area to help increase school attendance this year.


Hunger and your Brain

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Hunger and Brain

When it comes to dealing with hunger, many people believe that there is no real problem. Hunger is just a feeling we get when we skip breakfast or lunch, but there is never a real threat. Those people would be wrong. Hunger is a local and national problem, with devastating consequences if left unaddressed. Here are some ways that hunger can affect your brain:


How does Hunger Affect Learning?

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Hunger and LearningAccording to the United States Department of Agriculture, hunger is “a physiological state of discomfort resulting from a chronic shortage of food intake. While it is no surprise that hunger is a major problem in this country, some of the facts surrounding hunger could still shock you. Currently, over 40% of the nation’s population is living below the poverty line, with about 546,000 of those residing in the state of Maryland. What is even scarier about these numbers is that about 13 million of the nation’s children are currently experiencing or at risk of experiencing hunger. While some may not think that hunger can affect learning, children are left vulnerable to several disadvantages when they suffer from hunger.


Protecting Yourself this Flu Season

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Fighting Flu Season MBK

The Baltimore area is beginning to enter flu season, which means stuffy noses are inevitable for parents and children alike throughout the 21229 area. There are several steps residents can take to help protect themselves from the flu along with treating their flu symptoms.

Fight this Flu Season

  1. Avoid spending long amounts of time with already infected individuals. The flu is highly contagious, so staying away from those infected will help prevent you from becoming infected.
  2. Stay hydrated with water. Drinking about 8 cups of water is typically the daily recommended amount.
  3. Drink plenty of hot liquids, such as tea with honey, if you fall ill with the flu.
  4. Blow your nose frequently when suffering from a stuffy nose. Press against one nostril while blowing gently through the second nostril.
  5. Wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose or touching public surfaces. This will help stop germs from spreading. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands as best as possible.
  6. Try to get plenty of rest, especially under a blanket. A blanket will help you sweat during the night while rest allows your body and immune system time to become stronger.
  7. If you are beginning to suffer from a sore throat, try gargling to help sooth your throat.
  8. Add an extra pillow or blanket to increase elevation when sleeping. This will help with sinus drainage.

Flu Season at My Brother’s Keeper

If you have questions about possible flu vaccinations, or ways to fight the flu this flu season, contact My Brother’s Keeper. Our organization offers several health care services for the 21229 community, especially during the flu season. In November the Baltimore Health Department will visit the J.P. Blase Cooke Center to provide flu shots to our guests. Also flu shots will be made available through the Mobile Clinic. Once the dates are determined we will post them on our website.


Want to learn how you can help the community of Irvington? Interested in learning more about our health care services? Visit the My Brother’s Keeper website today to learn how you can donate and volunteer. You can also call us today at 410-644-3194.

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The Neighborhood of Irvington- Why We Help

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014


Volunteer for Irvington


At My Brother’s Keeper, we have focused our efforts in the Irvington community within Baltimore City. We offer the residents of Irvington a number of different social services to help them better themselves and develop a positive outlook on life. To have a better idea of the area that we strive to help, here are some Irvington facts, provided by City-Data:

  • The Irvington neighborhood is located in the Southwest District of Baltimore.
  • The neighborhood sits between the Gwynns Falls and Yale Heights neighborhoods.
  • The population of Irvington is over 5,570.
  • 53.1% of the total households in Irvington are families.
  • 10.9% of the total households are couples who are married with children.
  • 19.7% of the total households are single mothers with children.
  • Nearly 40% of the Irvington population has not received an education over a high school level.
  • Over 850 houses in the Irvington area were built during the year of 1939 or sooner.


While the numbers may not seem that serious to some, My Brother’s Keeper knows how serious the situation is in Irvington. The residents are unable to benefit themselves because of the restrictions put on them by their living situations. The job market is scarce at best in the neighborhood, preventing those who don’t have means of transportation from getting a job. Without a job, some residents are faced with the struggle to make ends meet. Old home require serious upkeep and rehabilitation that some residents are unable to keep up with. As the neighborhood continues to head in a downwards spiral, the youth in the area is surrounded by negative influences, making it hard for them to rise above the adversity they are faced with.

My Brother’s Keeper focuses on helping the residents of Irvington to better themselves while helping the youth of Irvington realize their full potential. We offer a number of services from medical assistance to youth programs. Some of the social services My Brother’s Keeper offers the residents of Irvington include:

  • Counseling
  • Eviction Intervention
  • Financial Management
  • Addiction Treatment Referrals
  • Medical Co-Payments


Our youth programs tend to focus on children ranging from age 11 to age 19. We have several programs designed to focus on specific age groups to better help the children of Irvington. These programs include:

  • Circle of Dreamers
  • SAFE House
  • Youth Leadership Team
  • APEX


Want to learn how you can help the community of Irvington? Visit the My Brother’s Keeper website today to learn how you can donate and volunteer. You can also call us today at 410-644-3194.

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