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Easy Ways to Cut Down Your Monthly Utility Bills

Friday, April 13th, 2018
Utility Bills

Many families feel bogged down by high monthly utility bills. Do you want to find out how to lower your monthly costs?

For some homeowners and renters, having a high monthly utility bill can mean the difference between being able to buy the proper amount of groceries and barely skimping through the month with enough food on hand. If your family has struggled with high utility bills, you’re not alone. With just a few simple tips and tricks kept in mind, you can reduce your monthly utility bills and have some more money to support your family.

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Taking a Look at The Relationship Between Homelessness and Mental Illness

Monday, September 25th, 2017
Homelessness

There’s a strong correlation between homelessness and mental illness.

It’s a hard statistic to face but approximately one-third of the total homeless population suffers serious, untreated mental illness, according to a research summary put together by the Treatment Advocacy Center. It’s startling to think that one of the most entrenched and difficult problems to overcome in America isn’t merely a class distinction but a public health epidemic. Today we want to take a look at the relationship between homelessness and mental health and why they play into one another.

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How Does Poverty Impact Students in Higher Education?

Monday, September 18th, 2017
Poverty

Living in poverty can have a huge impact on how one pursues higher education.

Higher education is plagued by soaring costs and shrinking financial aid, making accessibility for those living through poverty increasingly difficult. Students from low-income backgrounds have to work incredibly hard to even make it into college, but beyond that, it becomes even more difficult for them to stay and do well. The fact that poverty has such a large impact on students may lead some to believe that those in poverty just aren’t capable of doing as well in higher education, but let’s take a look at how and why being poor has such a massive impact on students in higher education.

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How Does Hunger Impact The Brain?

Friday, September 15th, 2017
Hunger

Hunger can have huge developmental impacts on children’s brains.

We all know how much hunger can ruin our day. Around lunchtime, our stomachs tend to grumble and we need to start snacking. By letting ourselves get hungry, we start to get sluggish and a bit overwhelmed by everything that’s going on. Even the short-term effects of hunger are detrimental, so it’s important that we look at the long-term impacts that improper nutrition can have on a person. Today, we’re taking a look at how hunger can have huge impacts on the brain.

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Taking a Look At Minimum Wage And Workforce Development

Monday, May 15th, 2017
Workforce Development

Workforce development is already enough of a struggle, but is minimum wage enough?

At My Brother’s Keeper, we care a lot about Baltimore workforce development. Young adults need jobs in order to be productive members of society, but it’s a matter of opportunity. The Irvington community would benefit greatly from having a larger capable workforce, but one of the issues is cost of living vs. readily available income. Our first step is to make workforce development a priority and help people get employed, but then we must ask, is minimum wage sufficient?

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How to Motivate Baltimore Students Living in Poverty

Friday, March 17th, 2017
Hunger and Learning

Children living in poverty often require extra educational motivation and care to succeed.

Spring break has come and gone for Baltimore city students. It tends to be difficult for students to stay motivated during holidays and scheduled time off from school, but this can be an even greater challenge for students living in poverty. My Brother’s Keeper is here to discuss the importance of motivating students living in poverty (and students in general). (more…)

“Homeless Jesus” Statue at Home in Baltimore Through the Fall

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Photo courtesy of Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun

Photo courtesy of Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun

Five years ago when Canadian artist Timothy P. Schmalz visited inner city Toronto, he saw a homeless person sleeping on a bench – an image most Baltimore residents are all too familiar with. Keep reading to learn more about the inspiration behind the “Homeless Jesus” statue that now has a temporary home in Baltimore. (more…)

The Need for More Homeless Youth Resources in Baltimore

Monday, February 20th, 2017
More than 1,400 young people in Baltimore are living on their own without a stable place to call home

More than 1,400 young people in Baltimore are living on their own without a stable place to call home

Health Care For the Homeless, Inc. estimates that at least 3,000 people in Baltimore suffer from homelessness on any given night, with 50,000 people experiencing homelessness annually statewide. Yesterday, WBAL released a report shedding some light on the increase in homeless youth numbers in Baltimore. Along with that, the lack of resources available to homeless children who aren’t accompanied by an adult. Let us tell you more about this local concern. (more…)

Hope for the Homeless unites Churches to Provide Winter Shelter

Friday, January 13th, 2017
Pastor Rick Haynes, head of security for the rotating shelter program run by the Harford County Hope for the Homeless Alliance, talks with guest Carolyn Castello Wednesday at this week's shelter at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bel Air. (Image: The Baltimore Sun/David Anderson)

“Pastor Rick Haynes, head of security for the rotating shelter program run by the Harford County Hope for the Homeless Alliance, talks with guest Carolyn Castello Wednesday at this week’s shelter at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bel Air.” (Source: The Baltimore Sun/David Anderson)

Weather in Maryland is uncharacteristically warm at the moment, but what happens when temperatures drop again? Homelessness in Baltimore and the surrounding areas can quickly turn fatal in the winter months, as we addressed in last week’s blog “Winter Homelessness in Baltimore: The Issue with Code Blue.” My Brother’s Keeper is happy to share that Hope for the Homeless has reinstituted a rotating shelter program to address the need for emergency housing in the nearby Harford County this season. (more…)

Winter Homelessness in Baltimore: The Issue with Code Blue

Friday, January 6th, 2017
Baltimore can only declare a Code Blue Alert when temperatures fall to 13 degrees wind chill or lower. What is wrong with this picture? (Image: National Coalition for the Homeless)

Do you see what’s wrong with this picture? Baltimore can only declare a Code Blue Alert when temperatures fall to 13 degrees wind chill or lower, much lower than surrounding areas. (Image: National Coalition for the Homeless)

Maryland winters can be highly unpredictable. From snow dustings to blizzards to uncharacteristically warm days in between, it can be difficult for a homeless person to know when they need to seek emergency shelter. Winter homelessness in Baltimore is incredibly dangerous, as many residents realized last month following the death of a local homeless man. Keep reading to learn more information about this unfortunate tragedy and to find out what the issue is with “Code Blue” in Baltimore. (more…)


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