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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Housing & Shelter, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment

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.

Target demographics: Veterans

Geographic areas served: Baltimore Metro Area

Programs: innovative therapeutic residential treatment program supporting veterans and others who are transitioning through the cycle of poverty, addiction, and homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.