Baltimore Social Services
People affected by poverty are isolated and often don’t know where to turn. Many don’t know that help is available, let alone how to access these resources. My Brother’s Keeper strives to be the neighborhood caregiver that can put those most in need in touch with services that can have a lasting impact on their quality of life.
Our staff specializes in making connections for our guests, helping them navigate bureaucratic red tape, making referrals and empowering them to reach self-sustainability. Our social service staff serves an average of over 500 guests per year, with services such as:
- Crisis Intervention
- Case Management
- Financial Management
- Prescription Assistance
- Medical Co-payments
- Notary Public
- Eviction Intervention
- Housing Referrals
- Emergency Shelter
- Addiction Treatment Referrals
- Therapy/Mental Health Referrals
- Applications for State ID’s, Social Security Cards, and Birth Certificates
- Applications for Energy Assistance
- GED Program Referrals
- Food Vouchers
- Clothing Vouchers (good at Collins Thrift Store for family clothing or job preparation clothing)
- Bus Tokens (for medical appointments, job interviews, and transportation to other organizations for assistance)
When guests come to us after being incarcerated, we connect them with resources to assist with their re-entry and get them resituated and independent. These efforts result in real resource savings for our publicly funded institutions and steer our most desperate cases back on track.
Our health unit is stocked with supplies to service minor medical needs of our guests. For those with more serious needs, we offer assistance making connections with local health facilities and hospitals. Our ultimate goal is to offer a full functioning health clinic with qualified staff and insurance. Your pledge of support can help us expand our health services offered through our clinic.
Community Outreach and Advocacy
Change often starts by going door-to-door to get neighbors involved. As a respected force in our neighborhood, My Brother’s Keeper lends credibility to various grass-roots programs, so more voices can be heard.
We join with organizations such as the Irvington Community Association (ICA) and From Under the Light Into the Light Committee in crafting plans for the residents and businesses around Irvington. We take an active part in promoting these plans to the Baltimore City Council so that they can become part of public policy.
We recently made our facility available to the United States Census Bureau, to ensure that area residents are counted and that the Irvington community receives its fair share of public dollars, resulting in the improvement of the quality of life for the region.
Outreach events we’ve sponsored have included a gun turn-in, scholarship program and many more.