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Happy Holidays from My Brother’s Keeper & Thank YOU!

Friday, December 23rd, 2016
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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! (more…)

Shocking Statistics About Homelessness in Baltimore and Nationwide

Monday, January 11th, 2016
Homelessness can affect individuals and families of any race, age or social standing. Have you helped the homeless lately?

Homelessness can affect individuals and families of any race, age or social standing. Have you helped the homeless lately?

Homelessness is a widespread concern that plagues individuals in Baltimore and throughout the world. It is fundamentally born from poverty, lack of affordable housing and restricted resources to healthcare. During the winter months, homelessness can be especially dangerous for its victims due to freezing temperatures and inclement weather that could incite fatal hypothermia. Homelessness in Baltimore is a serious issue.

If you know a homeless person in Baltimore who needs help, please refer them to Project PLASE, Inc. – an organization who provides transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services to homeless adults. Project PLASE works to treat, restore and rehabilitate the most vulnerable and underserved, including those with mental illness, HIV/AIDS, developmental disabilities and ex-offenders. Learn about other ways to help the homeless in Baltimore this winter with My Brother’s Keeper here. Let’s review some frequently asked questions about homelessness in Baltimore and nationwide.

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Volunteer in Baltimore This Holiday Season

Monday, December 21st, 2015
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Volunteer to help serve hot meals to hungry people in Baltimore

The holidays in Baltimore can be a cheerful and joyous time for those fortunate enough to have their health, home and means to eat. But for the homeless and financially depressed communities in Baltimore, the holidays can be a disappointing and rather hungry time. To experience success serving the Irvington community, My Brother’s Keeper relies heavily on our generous volunteers. This holiday season, we encourage you to compassionately join our efforts and experience a greater sense of meaning. How can you help?

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Giving Thanks?

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Giving thanks appealAs we once again approach the Thanksgiving season, we truly give thanks that this past year, through the grace of God’s love, we have once again been able to make a significant, positive impact in the lives of so many members within Irvington’s marginalized community.

As always, none of this could be possible without the dedicated volunteers who give so much of themselves — and to those who provide the many in-kind and monetary donations to help us fulfill our mission.

This past spring, we all saw frustration erupt from within our minority communities here in Baltimore, revealing just some of the many social challenges we continue to face in our beloved city.

On the bright side, those events served only to steel our determination here at My Brother’s Keeper to redouble our efforts in showing God’s love and mercy by meeting the needs of the marginalized members of our community.

We ask you to ponder this Thanksgiving season the blessings God has bestowed upon you this past year, and we ask you to give strong consideration as to whether you might be able to say thank you by helping us achieve the goals of food security, access to somatic and mental healthcare; employment for all and changing education outcomes for children in the Irvington community.

We list several ways you can assist under the How You Can Help tab on our website’s homepage — from volunteering, to in-kind contributions, to making a financial donation.

We urge you, particularly in this year of 2015, to show the compassion we know exists here in Baltimore. More now than ever, this is the time to show that Baltimore cares for its own.

Thank you, and May God bless you and yours this Thanksgiving.

You can find out more about our services, including hot meals, employment assistance, health services and youth programs, by calling 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.

How to Help the Baltimore Homeless this Winter

Monday, November 9th, 2015

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Winter is approaching and its one of the hardest times of the year for the Baltimore Homeless to find shelter as first-come, first-served becomes a competition on whether someone homeless has a bed for the cold nights. Under a recent system, someone homeless who gets a bed at a shelter can have the bed for a max of 90 days. The catch is claiming the bed by 4pm everyday.The system was created to reduce the line wait and encourage people to look for work and alternative housing during the winter days. It is challenging for shelters and city officials to tackle Baltimore homelessness, but there are ways to effectively help the Baltimore homeless this winter.

There are thousands of homeless in the city of Baltimore and when the temperatures drop its very important to find housing and jobs for the homeless. The city of Baltimore has a 10 year plan to end Baltimore Homelessness via an initiative called The Journey Home, having a goal to create permanent housing for the homeless rather than rely on temporary city shelters. Many homeless in Baltimore often complain some shelters are ill-equipped and not the cleanest environments.

Every winter there are casualties from exposure and hypothermia. Covering up with blankets is not enough when wind chills plunge to zero degrees. For those who see homeless on wind chill days and nights, you can call hypothermia hotline to alert patrols of someone in need when the temperatures drop. The patrols help the homeless find shelters and those who refuse shelter are given blankets, clothes and warm drinks.The patrol will check-in for those who refuse shelter. The number to reach patrol in Baltimore is 311 but there are other ways to help the Baltimore homeless. One way to help the homeless is assisting them in finding the right programs and shelters for them to receive support. You can even volunteer and donate to public health organizations who support the homeless and poor in the Baltimore area. Remember they will know where your support will benefit the homeless most.

You can also donate essential items like winter clothing, toothpaste, clean linens, and first aid kits. The things we take for granted during our day truly make a difference to the homeless. Another great way to help the homeless is to create jobs for them. If you do not have the means to create jobs, you can train them on something you are knowledgeable about. More importantly, donate food. We all need to eat everyday. If you can donate food to the homeless or volunteer at a soup kitchen, do it. From supporting low-cost medical care to advocating for affordable housing, there are many ways to help the homeless. My Brothers Keeper is here to help those most in need and we are as strong as our support. Our 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 hot meals, employment assistance, health services and youth programs, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+PinterestTwitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.

Your Business and Supporting the 21229 Community

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

21229For many small businesses, helping out their local community only involved writing a check to donate. However, what these small businesses fail to realize is how much more they can do to help their surrounding communities and zip codes. If your business is looking into ways to help support the 21229 community, consider these options:

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Preventing the Flu this Season

Friday, September 25th, 2015

As the weather begins to change and the fall season heads our way, many families across the 21229 zip code are preparing themselves for the beginning of flu season. The flu can spread quickly and can leave individuals in bed for days, maybe weeks depending on how the virus affects the individual. To prevent the flu this season, it is important to take preventative steps for you and your family.

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Food Insecurity and America: What you Should Know

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Food-InsecurityRecently, the United States Department of Agriculture released their latest findings and numbers surrounding food insecurity in America. These numbers show us just how food insecurity is impacting our nation. Here are some of the major points made from the “Household Food Security in the United States in 1014.”

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Student Attendance this School Year

Friday, September 11th, 2015
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School attendance is imperative for Baltimore City students.

As Baltimore City students continue to experience their first of school for the year, it is important to remember how important student attendance is for the entire school year. While the first month or two of the new school year typically show signs of improvement in student attendance, it is often the case that as the school year continues student attendance will suffer. As we begin this school year anew, it is important for parents to understand the benefit of student attendance and how they have a part of improving the attendance of their student.

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Learning about Workplace Charities

Friday, August 7th, 2015

workplace-charitiesIn our previous blog discussing workplace charity, we discussed how businesses and organizations can help give back to their community through different campaigns. Now that you know how to get your business involved in workplace campaigns, it is important to learn more about the charities that you could potentially be giving to.

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