For many of us, spring showers represent a time of growth and beauty. Spring is in the air and everyone seems glad that the weather has finally warmed up. It’s been rainy lately, and it’s expected to keep on raining, so it’s important to take some time to reflect on how rain impacts others. Homelessness renders some people without the ability to escape the harshness of rain. Baltimore City’s Code Blue only impacts winter shelters, so we must rely on alternatives: emergency shelters in Baltimore.
Health Impacts of Rain
When we talk about long-term solutions, it’s clear we need more short-term shelters at the very least. Exposure to rain can lead to decreased body temperatures, which will cause pneumonia or other kinds of disease. While Baltimore has yet to get any massive storms this spring, constant exposure to cold weather will certainly lead to poor health conditions. Baltimore homeless, who have limited access to healthcare, getting sick can be a devastating blow to an already tragic situation.
Emergency Shelters in Baltimore
Baltimore County has four year-round emergency shelter facilities. They provide a total of 348 beds to help the homeless all year-round. These shelters can be massively important for those who get sick from rain exposure. These shelters include:
- Eastside Family Shelter (9100 Franklin Square Dr., Suite 108, Rosedale, MD)
- Hannah More Women’s Shelter (12041 Reisterstown Rd., Reisterstown, MD)
- Westside Men’s Shelter (55 Wade Ave, Catonsville, MD)
- Night of Peace Overnight Family Shelter (7509 Windsor Mill Rd., Windsor Mill, MD)
To take advantage of these services, you must be referred through Baltimore County’s intake system. To access them, call 410-853-3000 and hit option 2.
Staying Warm in the Spring
There’s a lot of focus on cold weather when it comes to the homeless of Baltimore, but some forget that rain can have negative impacts on the human body as well. At Irvington My Brother’s Keeper, we’re proud to be able to offer meal services that benefit the homeless. For other services and protection from the rain, seek out the emergency shelters in Baltimore.
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping in Baltimore
To learn more about our youth programs, Attendance Affirmation Project, how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, 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.