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Do We need Youth Programs?

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Youth-ProgramsIt is often said that our children are the future. The youth that we are raising today will help shape the world that we live in tomorrow. However, in some areas throughout the nation, and even right here in our own backyards, the youth are being overlooked and neglected. At My Brother’s Keeper, we strive to help the youth within the 21229 communities through youth programs to help create a better today and tomorrow. While some might not believe youth programs are beneficial, these programs are known to help children in several different ways.


MBK and Amazon Smile

Thursday, February 19th, 2015


My Brother’s Keeper has begun a new journey with a program called Amazon Smile. The Amazon Smile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of all eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by their customers. Donations collected are paid directly into MBK. Irvington My Brother’s Keeper is registered with Amazon Smile and is entitled to receive donations from the Amazon Smile Foundation.  You just start your Amazon shopping at and designate either Irvington My Brother’s Keeper or EIN: 52-2129199 as your preferred charity. The rest is automatic. Amazon Smile is the same as the Amazon you know including all the same products, prices and Amazon Prime benefits. We have already receiving donations!


The Homeless Population of Baltimore

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015


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:


MBK Basket and Bags Bingo

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

My Brother’s Keeper has a successful annual special event that is presently called Baskets and Bags Bingo. This year it will be held on March 1st. We are happy to share the wonderful background story that describes its origin and inspiration. Below you will find the story of Mary and her sister Kathy.

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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.




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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