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The Homeless Population of Baltimore

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Baltimore-Homeless

In 2013, a large group of volunteers took to the streets of Baltimore to conduct a census of the homeless population. The census was given the name “point in time” and was conducted by a group of volunteers called “The Journey Home” along with the Mayor’s Office of Human Services. The goal of the census is to have a solid number to go along with the growing problem of homelessness in the city of Baltimore. However, volunteers also found that while there are such a large number of homeless individuals within the city, many are suspect of any help that is offered. Some of the sad and important findings of this census are as follows:

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The Importance of School Attendance

Friday, December 12th, 2014

School Attendance

It’s no secret that school attendance is important for children as they grow. However, for some families, school attendance can be difficult to achieve. As a child continues to miss classes, it’s easy to forget how important school attendance is. Here are some benefits of school attendance along with tips for parents with grade school children.

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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.

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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:

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A My Brother’s Keeper Relationship

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

My Brother's Keeper Relationship

At My Brother’s Keeper, we strive to create relationships with local organizations and businesses to help meet our goal of helping those in need within the 21229 area. A relationship that MBK has strengthened over the years is that with Our Lady of Victory. For years, OLV and MBK have worked together on several projects and outreach programs to help benefit our local community. Through both Cathy Menefee and Wendy Cottrell, My Brother’s Keeper has continued our relationship to help those who are in need.

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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.

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My Brother’s Keeper and Urban Alliance

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Urban Alliance & MBK

My Brother’s Keeper strives to help support and drive the youth of the 21229 community. By holding youth programs of our own while also partnering with other nonprofit organizations, My Brother’s Keeper is able to reach and help the youth of the community. In September, My Brother’s Keeper partnered with the nonprofit organization Urban Alliance. During this time, about 20 youths from within the Baltimore City foster care system joined MBK and Urban Alliance to learn skill sets that will help them in the workplace. The students were also able to participate in an internship with My Brother’s Keeper.

What is Urban Alliance?

In a recent New York Times article, Nathanial M. Cole discussed the organization with Elizabeth Olson. Mr. Cole, a 27 year old Washington resident, currently serves as the executive director of the Washington leg of Urban Alliance. In the interview, Mr. Cole discussed being one of the youths served by the organization while he was younger; he also credited the organization for his choice of career. Urban Alliance helps local high school students with workplace and financial skills. For six weeks, students partake in a training program that teaches them an array of job skills and work place etiquette. After these six weeks, the students are matched and placed with an entry-level internship. Beginning in the fall, the students work from 2-5pm for nine months. They also participate in different workshops that focus on professional development. During their time working, the students are paid in order to help them learn financial skills. Urban Alliance typically sees from 140-150 students during each session.

Baltimore Urban Alliance and MBK

My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our youth programs are based on community need as well as the grants available to us at the time. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.

To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including our youth programs, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.

You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.

To read the full interview with Nathaniel Cole, visit here.

Youth Programs with My Brother’s Keeper

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

MBK Youth Programs

At My Brother’s Keeper, we truly believe our children are the future, especially in the 21229 communities. From time to time we offer specific programs that are directed towards the youth. These programs are designed to target age groups ranging from eleven – nineteen to help the development of the neighborhood youth. Youth programs hold several benefits for the youth of the 21229 communities that are consistent with these goals:

  1. Youths will learn how to better interact with their peers through our youth programs. Youths will be able to learn social skills that will allow them to build relationships as they grow older. This can include family relationships, romantic relationships, and work relationships.
  2. Youths involved in our programs are more likely to perform better within a school setting along with behaving better at home.
  3. Youths will gain a better sense of self along with an improvement in self-esteem and confidence.
  4. Programs will give youths the tools they need to make healthier and more positive decisions in their life.
  5. Youth programs also support an overall healthier, more active lifestyle.

My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our youth programs are based on community need as well as the grants available to us at the time. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.

To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including youth programs, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.

You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.

 

Source:

http://www.findyouthinfo.gov/youth-topics/afterschool-programs/benefits-youth-families-and-communities

 

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.

Follow the official page of My Brother’s Keeper today on Google+, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

Source:

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/8-tips-to-treat-colds-and-flu-the-natural-way

Meal Programs with My Brother’s Keeper

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

MBK Meal ProgramsAs My Brother’s Keeper continues to expand our services for the 21229 area, we continue to stay true to where we began. In the early 1980’s, My Brother’s Keeper was simply a safe place for nearby residents to grab a bite to eat and warm cup of coffee. In 2014, our program has grown to incorporate job searches, job security, youth programs, health services, and social programs for 21229 residents, while also expanding our meal programs. What began as a simple cup of coffee has now evolved into thousands of meals being served from our J.P. Blase Cooke Center each year. In the year 2013 alone, My Brother’s Keeper served 18,765 hot meals and 3,900 bagged lunches to 21229 residents. We have also served 11,464 meals and 2,500 bagged lunches through July of this year. During the summer of 2014, as part of collaboration with The Federal Summer Food Service Program, 610 breakfasts were served in June and July to our young guests.

Our programs strive to not only help keep stomachs full in the neighborhood, but to also educate the community about food. While My Brother’s Keeper tries to make healthy and fresh foods available to the 21229 area, residents need to know how to prepare the foods in order to take full advantage of these food opportunities.

Our Meal Programs

  1. Hot Meal Program– Thanks to our coordination with the community, our kitchen manager Gordon Crockett, his assistant Dorothy Kent and our volunteers, are able to provide delicious and healthy hot meals for the 21229 residents. Meals are served 5 per week during the months of June to August and 6 per week during the months of September to May.
  2. Bag Lunch Program– Through the kind actions of the St. Joseph Monastery, our residents are also able to take healthy meals home with them through our bagged lunch program.
  3. Food Voucher Program– By partnering with the Beechfield United Methodist Church, My Brother’s Keeper is able to provide groceries for the 21229 area through our food voucher program. Food is available through our pantry and through the Maryland Food Bank. The food bank allows My Brother’s Keeper to purchase items at a lower cost, so monetary donations are able to go farther.
  4. Maryland Food Bank– Coordinated access to food from pantries serving 21229 by hosting and supporting the Maryland Food Bank’s NPAC [Neighborhood Pantry Area Councils] and supported outreach efforts to encourage residents to take advantage of fresh produce drops in the community in order to expand access to fresh food.
  5. Community Gardens– Creation of a garden area including two raised beds for growing vegetables on site to demonstrate the potential for urban gardening. My Brother’s Keeper has also identified other areas in the surrounding neighborhoods where similar gardens may be feasible.

 

Want to learn how you can help the community of Irvington? Interested in learning more about our meal programs and food 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.

Follow the official page of My Brother’s Keeper today on Google+, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

 


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