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March 25, 2010

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March 25, 2010

I've done volunteer work at The Baltimore Station in the capacity of serving meals, sharing meals and working at Artscape by selling food to help raise funds. The enthusiam of the staff at the Station is very rewarding and my interaction with the Veterans has been educational from their willingness to share their personal stories and in addition they have been nothing but pleasant to be around.

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

The kind and dedicated people I've met.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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March 25, 2010

Several years ago, with my daughter, who then was an 8th grader at Friends School of Baltimore, with other students and parents I visited the South Baltimore Station for a Dr. King celebration. It was a dynamic and enriching experience, I believe, for all involved...the recovering veterans, the young people and parents. As a result of that visit, I was invited to conduct a group. For several months I ran a weekly Emotional Intelligence group. I fell in love with that place, the staff and the veterans. What do I love? I love that the staff is so thoroughly committed to transforming the lives of the men that they serve. I love that the men are so dedicated to their recovery. And I am touched and moved by the South Baltimore's Station's ability to be both innovative (I sometimes visit their acupuncture sessions) yet grounded in the principles and philosophies that make recovery work for the veterans who gets the opportunity to experience the South Baltimore Station.

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

dedicated, passionate, forward-thinking.

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

expand and assist more veterans in need of such a community!

Ways to make it better...

I could have continue to run my EQ group...but the funds weren't there.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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March 25, 2010

I have been involved with the Baltimore Station since 2006 when I was hired as the architect for their renovation and expansion of the South Baltimore Station location. What could have been just another job, turned into a rewarding project and a more serious involvement with the Station, long after the project was completed. We converted an existing fire station with approximately 50 beds to an expanded facility which provides services to 92 men on site, most of whom are veterans. Throughout the process, from programming to design and through construction, the Station's administration and residents were active participants. The staff was well-informed, eager and always clear regarding the primary goal of the facility, serving the men. During this time I was on site on a weekly basis and intereacted with many of the men. In addition, I employed one of the residents to work as a draftsman for me and found the experience to be mutually beneficial. I have also volunteered and included my family and friends with the program, serving meals. My involvment has grown where I am currently Co-Chair for re-stART with ART, an annual art auction/fundraising event for the Station to raise awareness of the program through art, some of which was donated by residents. I have been very impressed with the Station's program, philosophy towards recovery and success. For an outsider, they have put a face on addiction and recovery, and shown a great committment to our veteran's. I am a better person for having become involved with the men at the Station.

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

Meeting the men and learning about addiction and recovery. The program puts a face on addiction and homelessness and it's approach of responsibility is applicable to all. Designing their facility was one of the most rewarding projects I've done.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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March 25, 2010

This organization is one of the most impressive that I have come into contact with. Its objectives are noteworthy and most importantly their program works. The policy of staff coming from the ranks of graduates of the program has led to a dedicated and experienced staff. This group is tuned in to the mission of the organization and their enthusiasm is evident. It has recently expanded to serve even more homeless veterans with an addictive behavior which allows this program to be even more important.

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

I have interacted with many of their clients.

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

I have met, served, ate and interacted with staff and clients in a diner atmosphere.

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

The staff members that I have met are outstanding and dedicated.

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

Expand serve more homeless vets with addiction behaviors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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I am a veteran myself, a former Army Nurse. I served, stateside, during the Vietnam War. I have for years been concerned about how we serve our veterans, especially those whose minds and spiritual well-being have been damaged by their service in the military. The first time I visited Baltimore Station, I was stunned to learn that more than 90% of the addicted men they serve are veterans. I thought it was an indictment of the VA (that they were failing to help). But then came the remarkable epiphany: I saw that this statistic says something strongly positive about the excellent approach at Baltimore Station, and about their amazing success in helping veterans who are addicted to heal themselves. I was just at the Baltimore Station last Sunday. I had dinner in the company of several veterans who are working towards wholeness again in their lives. Afterwards the director of Baltimore Station took me on a tour of their new wing and spoke about the fullness of their wonderful program. Their program is all about dignity and hope and hard work. I couldn't help but think of my father, a veteran of WWII who died of his alcholism at age 49 in 1973, and I was embarrassed that I tears sprang to my eyes. I wish Baltimore Station had been there when father needed it.

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

devoted, knowledgeable, extraordinarily kind.

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

multiply those bucks like the loaves and the fishes, because they seem to know how to work miracles with the bucks they have right now.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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March 25, 2010

I am a member of New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia, Maryland. I have helped serve meals at the shelter for the last ten years and I have served as director of New Hope’s Shelter meal program for the last 5 years. Our congregation serves dinner on alternate months at the The Baltimore Station This organization is truly working miracles in the inner city. It is estimated that there are 50,000 heroin addicts in Baltimore City. Addictions to heroin, alcohol and other drugs destroy personal lives, relationships, families and careers. These are problems that cannot be solved by the typical 28-day insurance sponsored recovery plan. The Baltimore Station’s approach is to first deal with the addiction problem and then to address the other issues in the client’s life, which could make a successful recovery difficult. This might include help with job searches, college, technical school, alimony issues and back taxes. The goal is to position the men to start again with the tools to break the cycle of poverty by obtaining a real job with benefits, instead of the off the books jobs many of the men have prior to entering the shelter. Men may stay at the shelter for over a year. This gives The Baltimore Station a welcoming atmosphere as many of the men have been there for quite some time and are well along on their personal journey of recovery. The presence of men who are succeeding in overcoming their addiction helps to bolster the new arrivals. Often when we are serving dinner, graduates of the program will drop by to share their stories with new arrivals and offer encouragement. Outreach to the community has become a major effort of The Baltimore Station. The goal is not to have outsiders come in and serve the men but have groups come in and work on projects along side the men. We do not serve a meal to the men; we share a meal with the men. We prepare the food and they setup for the meal and clean up afterwards. We sit and eat with them and share stories about our lives. When our youth have served dinners, there have been testimonial presentations for them on the repercussions of drug use. The Station’s mission is not only to help men with addiction problems, but also to help prevent problems from occurring through their outreach efforts. I attended the groundbreaking for expansion of The Baltimore Station where luminaries such as the Baltimore mayor, a US Congressman, a US Senator and the Governor of Maryland, heralded the program as a national model for treating drug addiction. However, for me the most convincing testimony came from the president of the local community association who praised The Baltimore Station as a strong positive influence in her neighborhood. In these days where Not-In-My-Backyard is the rule, I can think of no better recommendation.

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

by seeing men go through the program then return to share their success sttories.

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

interacting with the men and seeing their progress on subsequent visits.

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

church members, scout troops, school groups

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

expand its successful model for addiction treatment to additional venues.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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