The Baltimore Station, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Homeless & Housing

Location: 140 W. West St Baltimore MD 21230 USA

Mission: At The Baltimore Station, we concentrate on helping those we know most about - those we can do the most for - men who have valiantly served our country and have fallen on hard times. We know that they suffer a special kind of hell, returning to society with the effects of combat (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), often turning to drugs to silence the trauma. We know the cycle that can spin out of control, leading to poverty, estrangement and homelessness. We know what it takes to break that cycle – a highly structured environment – because most of our staff is in recovery themselves and half are veterans. Recovery is not a “quick fix” battle. It’s a long tough war.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a former resident of the Baltimore Station,I am very grateful for the treatment and knowledge that I received during my stay there.I have gotten my life back.They saved me from myself. Thank You to the staff of the Baltimore Station.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

I have had experiences with the staff, current residents, and graduates of the program at The Baltimore Station, and each of those experiences has changed my life for the better. The staff truly cares about the residents, and gives 100% every day to make sure they are taken care of. The current residents are always very courteous, grateful, and polite. My neighbor is a former resident of The Baltimore Station, and he has become a great friend of mine. He has struggled in life ever since the Vietnam war, and he credits The Baltimore Station with helping to turn his life around. This organization serves a great purpose in my community, and I am very grateful for their existence. I encourage everyone to spend some time here, and get to know the residents and program staff.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it larger.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Our group from church volunteers every month at Baltimore Station. The entire experience for us is rewarding and educational. The staff are organized, competent and clearly connect with the residents. The residents themselves - no matter what struggles they may have brought with them - are working hard to change their lives. Many of them are looking for ways to contribute to their community. Not everyone succeeds, but everyone at Baltimore Station is given a great environment to overcome their issues and grow stronger. Great people. Good place.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the lives of many more men. Many of the men are Veterans. Every branch of the armed services is represented. Many of the men know the trauma of armed conflict. They've given for us and deserve a chance at a better life. The Station works.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

As part of a group from Struever Bros. Eccles and Rouse, Inc., we provide a Holiday Meal with all the fixins' every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The staff there are wonderful to work with and the facilties are clean and well maintained. They provide a safe and highly effective environment for men who are down on their luck to get back on their feet again. The staff and clients are very welcoming, and willing to share information about the shelter. They truly appreciate our efforts to do what we can to help. I always enjoy their company!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Socializing with the clients and staff at the Holiday Dinner/Party we prepare for them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I really can't say - I already think it's perfect!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their open and friendly demeanor.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff operating the facility and the volunteers that I worked with were co-workers or former co-workers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand their services, i.e., open another facility and provide more extensive job training.

Ways to make it better...

I really can't say - I already think it's perfect!!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I really can't say - I already think it's perfect!!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I really can't say - I already think it's perfect!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

This is a wonderful organization. I have been involved off and on for several years and am always glad to serve. The resident men are most respectful and appreciative.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The opportunity to sit down and have dinner with the recovering men, who are most appreciative of our work to help them get back on their feet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

It has been my singular privilege to act as a volunteer group facilitator at The Baltimore Station for 12+ years. My experience has Blessed me beyond measure. Through these years, I have witnessed what can be achieved when the commitment of an innovative staff is met with the courage of clients to reclaim a life thought lost to addiction, despair and homelessness. The result is nothing short of miraculous! The clients not only reclaim productives lives of sanity and sobriety but go on to achieve so very much more. As one example, they often complete their education which has been disrupted. Some have started by attending literacy classes and earning a GED while others have started at the community college level and gone on to earn college degrees. Still others, having earned undergraduate degrees, go on to earn advanced degrees and become alcohol and substance abuse counselors themselves! To make such an investment is the greatest testimony of the centrality of The Station in their life. Prompted by my volunteer experience at The Station, I returned to college and have earned a Masters Degree in alcohol and substance abuse counseling.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Never having planned to do so, I returned to college and earned a Masters Degree in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Witnessing the growth, development and maturation of the client.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed and innovative.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Serve a budgeoning population and provide services to women.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

The Baltimore Station does such wonderful work in the lives of veterans. I know that everyone at the Station works hard to help these men recover from addiction. I helped on the restART with ART fundraiser committee and have seen firsthand how they have been able to expand and focus even more attention on these men.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

People who are successful, competent and who care about what this organization does for veterans. They are people I have chosen to continue working with.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

We love The Baltimore Station and the gentlemen who work and reside there. I have made a meal and served it with my family. I came back with my book club another time to make and serve dinner. The best part of the experience is conversing with the men who work and reside at The Station. My family and book club both had a very positive experience and were enthusiastic to come back and see the men. They are all such intelligent, kind and wonderful men. I've left just blown away by these gentlemen. We've attended events alongside the men, and they never seize to amaze me. They are inspiring.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing men who have gone through the program continue their education and live independently.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the men. There isn't one who works or resides there who wasn't a perfect, honorable gentlemen.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

for lack of a better word: amazing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve more Veterans that serve us.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My group from church has been volunteering at the Station for almost 3 years and for the past 2 years been serving dinner every month. We have been continually impressed by the way the facility is run. We also really appreciate the willingness of the staff to give tours and more information about how the station functions and how the simple act of providing a meal and talking with the residents can be an integral part of their recovery process. In addition to serving meals, we have enjoyed developing relationships with the residents and enjoy watching their growth. Our church recently opened a campus a few blocks from the station and a few of the residents have come by. It is a joy to see the men engage in their neighborhood - some volunteered to dig people out during the huge snow storm. The success of the program and the growth of the residents is in no small part due to the amazing facility and staff!!! It is a privilege to be affiliated with this organization!!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the nicest people and really dedicated to Baltimore Station!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My experience is one from afar as I live out of state. I do know staff members and volunteers who speak of The Station with such devotion and spend so much of their time working for the fulfillment of its purpose of rehabilitation that I can't help but feel I must say something here. The fundraising events they hold are creative and inspiring and their proactive future-planning and investment really shows the commitment to their cause. Baltimore is served a great service by The Station. p

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and positive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

decrease Baltimore's homelessness, crime, drug-abuse and murder rates.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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