Helping Up Mission

Registered Name
Helping Up Mission Incorporated
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Helping Up Mission provides hope to people experiencing homelessness, poverty or addiction by meeting their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. Since 1885, Helping Up Mission has been coming to the aid of men in the City of Baltimore and surrounding region. Those struggling with homelessness have been receiving the help they need to start a new life. Today, most of the men who come to us have a drug and/or alcohol addiction problem. We know that men battling homelessness and/or addictions can get well if he gets the right kind of help. This is what the Mission's Spiritual Recovery Program is all about. At Helping Up Mission, we provide a vast array of services to an even more diverse group of men: providing over 1,200 meals each day, 182.500 nights of shelter, over 175,000 pieces of clothing and toiletries distributed annually, and 2,750 chapel services and educational classes conducted each year.


Annual Budget
June 2019
49% Loss
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Helping up mission, inc. Is a faith-based, non-denominational christian organization building a community of hope by offering permanent solutions to homelessness, addiction, and mental illness. Helping up mission provides hope and healing to people experiencing poverty, homelessness, and addiction. We accomplish this through programs designed to meet their individual physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. Compassionate and comprehensive care is given to all persons in need, without consideration of race, religion, or socio-economic status. The campus includes a beautiful state-of-the-art chapel, a large commercial kitchen and dining room, classrooms for all programs, group and individual clinical counseling rooms, an innovative learning center that includes classrooms and computer labs, medical exam rooms for on-site primary health care, workforce development and job training areas, a library with computer carrels, a recreational area which includes a gym and theater room, a barber shop, an arts and crafts center, a laundry facility, a rooftop observation deck, multi-purpose rooms, offices and conference rooms. Also, we have recently opened a separate off-site facility providing services for women in need. Helping up mission is predominantly supported by thousands of individuals, churches, community organizations, corporations, and foundations. Emergency overnight guest services (eogs) is the historical bedrock program of helping up mission, inc., and has been in existence since 1885. Homeless men check in nightly and are provided with access to private showers, new clothing, hot meals for dinner and breakfast, and a message of hope that "real and permanent" change is possible if they desire to make a change in their lives. The overnight guests are served by and interact with the clients in our 12-month spiritual recovery program, allowing the overnight guests to see positive changes in the lives of men formerly sharing similar circumstances. Overnight guests often choose to join the year-long spiritual recovery program. For the first time, in 2016, helping up mission entered into a partnership with baltimore city to provide a day shelter for approximately 60 women awaiting transportation to various overflow shelters around the city. These services are provided 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The mission also participated in a bridge housing program for an additional 50 people in 2017.the cornerstone of helping up mission, inc. Is the spiritual recovery program (srp), providing help, hope, answers, and empowerment to those suffering from addiction, homelessness and mental illness. The srp is a multifaceted, holistic, integrated, 12-month, residential program designed to promote long-term recovery for homeless men with severe drug and/or alcohol related substance abuse issues. Participants live in a 12-step therapeutic community, fostering a restorative culture of wellness and healing. The srp focuses on four key areas to support a mature, productive life: physical, psychological, spiritual and social. As a non-profit program, the srp is not funded by the state or federal government, but rather, depends entirely on the generosity of people willing to give homeless and addicted men a chance at recovery and restored lives.our graduate transitional housing program (gthp), also called the house of freedom, is the final stage of the transformative process. In this program, formerly homeless men live in long-term (up to 24 months) housing that prepares them to re-enter the community. The "heart" of this program is to provide baltimore's recovering homeless men with a safe, encouraging, mutually supportive and spiritually nurturing environment. By living within a therapeutic community, men are better equipped to regain their independence - and keep it. Here, each man is known by his "neighbors, and held accountable to the standard of living established in the spiritual recovery program.our work is evidence-based, outcomes-driven, and rooted in research. Outcomes are accomplished by providing a comprehensive array of residential programs and services through an extensive integrated network of strategic community partnerships. The 125,000 square foot campus encompasses 525 beds in eleven distinctive programs at hum, which include:- emergency overnight guest services program (50 beds)- spiritual recovery program (271)- graduate transitional housing program (50 beds)- intern leadership training program (30 beds)- long-term supportive housing program (16 beds)- graduate relapse reorientation program (10 beds)- veterans administration outpatient recovery program (25 beds)- veterans administration "safe haven" for challenged individuals program (5 beds)- johns hopkins intensive outpatient recovery program (48 beds)- johns hopkins bayview "next step" emergency room transitional program (20 beds)- baltimore city day shelter for women transportation hub (60 women)approximately 60 percent of the hum staff is comprised of program graduates. Fifteen beds are allocated to select members of that staff, who live on site. This helps to strengthen the safe, encouraging, and therapeutic environment for the residential clients. Helping up mission partners with a large network of community organizations to deliver a holistic range of services which include:- spiritual development & pastoral counseling- clinical mental health counseling- clinical substance abuse counseling- 12-step substance abuse recovery programs - somatic primary healthcare- dental care- educational advancement (ged/edp)- vocational programs and certifications- hiv awareness and screening- legal aid- financial literacy- computer literacy- mentoring- work therapy- art & music therapy- exercise and recreational activities- legal expungement clinicshelping up mission, inc. Partners include (but are not limited to):- johns hopkins university- johns hopkins hospital and health systems- johns hopkins bayview medical center- johns hopkins bloomberg school of public health- university of maryland medical center- university of maryland school of dentistry- towson university department of nursing- school of pharmacy at notre dame at maryland university - u.s. Department of veteran affairs- maryland department of health and mental hygiene- maryland department of housing and community development- baltimore city mayor's office of economic development- baltimore city mayor's office of homeless services- the abell foundation- the harry and jeanette weinberg foundation, inc.- france-merrick foundation- healthcare for the homeless- health alliance associates- back on my feet- kameen eye associates- behavioral health systems - baltimore- baltimore county office of child support enforcement- homeless persons representation project- healthcare access maryland- anne arundel county public schools- bradley, arant, boult, cummings, llc- rosenberg martin greenberg- baltimore development corporation- baltimore city department of social services- bb&t bank- bank of america- maryland society for sight- davidovski eye associates- brandenburg eye associates- diakon kathryn's kloset- federal home loan bank- disability support serviceswe serve a diverse group of clientele whose average demographics are:- 38 years of age - started using drugs or alcohol at age 15- 23 years of addiction - 85% have experienced incarceration, averaging 30 months of jail time served- 42% come from baltimore city- 57% have children- 30% do not have a high school diploma- 20% have experienced domestic violence growing up- diverse racial and socio-economic backgroundsover the course of the past fiscal year, 2017, helping up mission provided the following to our clients:- 123 graduates of the year-long spiritual recovery program- 438,000+ meals served each year - 182,500+ nights of available shelter annually - 150,000+ pieces of clothing and personal items distributed- 2,100+ chapel services and educational classes conducted each year - 28,590+ mental health, substance abuse, and psychiatric counseling sessions (individual and group)- 4,000+ appointments with certified peer recovery specialists- 5,800+ primary care medical appointments- 550+ dental appointments - 350 hiv screenings - 100+vision screenings - 8,500+ unique education & workforce development appointments- 15 clients earned their high school diploma- 100+ clients enrolled in college and/or technical skills training- 550+ legal aid counseling sessions- 110+ clients received financial literacy counseling sessions- 260+ legal expungement cases filed- 115 clients gained employment at an average rate of $17.28 per hour, 85% of which came with benefits- 140+ children sponsored for one-week residential summer camp


Chuck R. Piel President/director
Robert Fohler Vice President/director
David M. Wyand Secretary/director
Matthew Bauer Treasurer/director
Michael T. Burns Chief Financial Officer
Mary A. Lashley Director
Debbie I. Wooden Director
John A. Ammon Director
Stuart A. Erdman Director
Keith W. Hiss Director
Charles E. Knudsen Director
Kimberly N. Lewis Director
David E. Mcquay Director
Bruce R. Mortimer Director
Michael Stitcher Director
Robert K. Gehman Chief Executive Officer
James Longenecker Chief Relationship Officer
Kristopher Sharrar Director of Philanthropy
Source: IRS 990