Cornerstone Community Housing is a wonderful organization to donate to if you want to have a real impact in changing homelessness in Baltimore. From the staff members to board members, and men in the program - all are dedicated and committed to changing lives and helping those have experienced homelessness get back on their feet. Consider attending the annual Resolution Run and Opening Doors Dinner to witness your dollars in action and meet the men whose lives you are helping!
This is a great organization that does work to support individuals who most of us forget about. Those dealing with addiction and homelessness. This organization works to house and place these men through either temporary or permanent arrangements and seeks to equip them with the tools and skills to change the direction of their lives. There should be more organizations like CCH.
I first met Sheila Helgerson and one of the residents of Earl's Place when they visited my church. Once I met them, heard their presentation, and understood what a wonderful service Cornerstone Community Housing provides, I was hooked.
I can't say enough about how well this transitional housing program is run and how committed the residents are to reinventing themselves and turning their lives around. The men are kind, caring, reflective individuals who are working on their second chance in life with the help and support of all of us. I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful support group!
CCH is a fabulous organization. I have witnessed first hand how the lives of of the homeless men who come to Earl's Place are transformed. By giving men the time and attention they need to truly blossom, the success rate upon leaving is astounding.
Sometimes it’s not government programs or foundations or big non-profits. Cornerstone Community Housing is a small non-profit with a dedicated staff and supportive board. But more importantly, it’s just the conduit for men who haven’t given up on changing their lives. As a board member, I’m especially proud of Cornerstone’s resourcefulness and creative ways it is able to support residents, even during the toughest of times.
I had no idea that a quick open house at Cornerstone Community Housing would change my life. I instantly felt the impact this organization was making on so many lives & I wanted to be involved. I started as a volunteer tutor & did various professional development seminars. Since then, I've officially joined the Board of Directors as a member and now Board Chair. I remain passionate about our mission to combat homelessness and the attitudes toward it because of the positive changes I see these men make each day. The staff and loyal support network make this an incredible organization that is changing lives in Baltimore. No where else can you see the direct impact of your support more clearly, in volunteer time/talent/funding.
I have the privilege of serving on the board of this incredible organization. As a person who has experienced much of what the men at CCH are striving to overcome, I know firsthand that a community that provides men with a place they can call "home" means everything in the first years of establishing your new life. That's what CCH does. It's who they are.
The first time I learned about this nonprofit, I was amazed to find out that they really took care of homeless individuals in Baltimore city, especially men. I recognized this as a safe place for them to use their gifts, talents and abilities as they look out for each other. I was excited to be directed by another member to join the board. I realized there were other’s like me that wanted to be a part of something that followed one of the golden rules; “treat someone else the way you want to be treated”! We all have a purpose and Cornerstone Community Housing is one of them!
I was introduced to Cornerstone Community Housing almost a decade ago. A former mentor and professor of mine invited me to the annual Opening Doors gala. At that time. I had recently graduated from Goucher and missed being involved in my community. Since that day I've been with CCH, even after moving states away. CCH is an incredible organization. The staff, the board, the residents are all amazing individuals who bring awareness to their community about the impact of homelessness in the area and around the world. CCH Baltimore has provide hope, help and home for over 20+ years and as a previous board member and current volunteer/donor I hope to see their mission continue.
Cornerstone Community Housing makes a bold difference in Baltimore. The men who go through Earl's Place experience a multiplicity of life changes as they have time to get back on their feet to focus on their health, savings account, work, education, and relationships. Sheila, the Executive Director, takes great care of each individual resident and donor. I'm proud to support this nonprofit.
I have been a volunteer for Cornerstone Community Housing for several years. I have seen first hand the work the staff does to help men recovering from addiction and chronic homelessness get back on their feet and achieve independence. The two programs (Earl's Place and Prospect Place) provide support, individualized guidance for the residents. And it works! Transitional housing programs need our support--these are men ready to learn, return to the workforce, and gain affordable housing.
We have been regular contributors to Cornerstone Community Housing for more than 10 years. Why? Because they help formerly homeless men make lasting change to their lives, equipping and supporting them to find jobs, homes, and renewed ties to family and community. As donors, we love seeing that joy and hope.
My husband and I have donated to United Ministries for several years and consider it a great investment. We appreciate the many ways that United Ministries gives us to get to know the men they serve and the work they do. We're happy to see that our money is put to good use providing support and encouragement to people who need it and use it to turn their lives around.
We are proud to count ourselves as part of the Earl's Place family.
I've done occasional volunteer work with the transitional housing group at Earl's Place, run by United Ministries, and am always impressed with their commitment to helping formerly homeless men return to productive lives. This is a super-low overhead operation, so your donation helps create real results.
United Ministries/Earl's Place easily is one of the best-run, low-overhead, socially responsible organizations that I have encountered. The men they help get off the street and into jobs and permanent housing are now contributing citizens who almost universally look back on their time at Earl's Place as a rewarding, life-changing experience. You would be hard-pressed to find a charitable cause that provides more for the Baltimore community.
There is nothing more rewarding than working with the men of Earl’s Place. Based on the success rate experienced at Earl’s Place, it’s clear that Earl’s Place is more than just the next stop on the men’s remarkable journeys. Earl’s Place is truly their home, and the dedication of the staff creates a culture that truly makes it a family. Every interaction with the men brings on such emotion – tears, joy, hope…. The power of each man’s story and the impact that Earl’s Place has on their lives inspires me each day.
There are a lot of nonprofits that, somewhere along the line, lose sight of their original purpose to serve a community and instead end up serving themselves. While I've seen this with a lot of organizations which aim to help people experiencing homelessness, United Ministries is not one of them. Volunteering with Earl's Place gave me a chance to see that the staff puts clients' outcomes first. They are committed to helping the men who come through the program to overcome the obstacles in their lives that keep them from being who they want to be. And it shows. So many lives have been transformed by United Ministries, and it is absolutely heartwarming to hear how proud the staff is of each person who comes through the program. I am so proud to be able to support United Ministries in its mission!
I love Earl's Place of United Ministries. What is so special about Earl's Place is the staff.
It's because of them that the 17 residents who are coming out of imprisonment or fighting with addiction all do so well in their two years there. There is almost no recidivism because of the personal
relationships they form with each resident. Now United Ministries is starting a new home Prospect Place in Baltimore County.
I am a member of the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, and for a number of years, TUUC has been a supporter of Earl's Place financially and with volunteers and with gifts for the residents. Sheila Helgerson speaks at TUUC at least once a year, and she is loved by our congregation.
I am a physician and have worked in many environments for the poor and minimalized, such as Bellevue Hospital in New York. In my travels on both coasts, I have not witnessed such success as United Ministries has achieved at Earl's Place.
Our family donates and follows the work of Earls Place because we believe homeless men can thrive when given a strong community. This is proven by the outcomes and years of success at Earls. The staff works tirelessly to give support to the men while enabling them to become independent.
Earl's Place gives a supportive home to men who need it, and encourages each of them to be the best person they can be, overcoming the challenges of poverty and addiction. The men are respected and expected to do their best. When they graduate they're called "Visionaries" and with good reason....they've dreamt about what they can be, and Earl's Place helps them attain it and become productive members of society.
Earl's Place is a favorite of our family's because of the wonderful way that it is organized and run, because of its obvious successes, and because it was very close to my mother's heart. She believed that many of the men there face challenges similar to those that faced my uncle, her little brother. It is so good to know that our contributions are helping someone to find their way in the world again.
I have often heard the residents testify to the change Earl's Place has made in their lives. I've worked beside residents as they've served at a local soup kitchen. I've also provided gifts at Christmas.
This group is fantastic. Earl's Place transforms lives! The men often go to school, get jobs, and reconnect with their families. The staff does a super job relating to them.
I had to think for a moment when chosing the "Your Role" category...everytime I have had an encounter with United Ministires, and Earl's Place in particular...I have found while there may have been a moment of giving on my part, I walk away having learned, discovered, been challenged and stretched at times to take in the scope of transformation happening through the hearts and minds of this organization. Much is to be credited to the leadership and love that guides this process along for it is done in such a way that welcomes and encourages a true and gentle, nurtured and strengthened different way to live. Time, financial resources, learning opportunities...you may not even realize just yet what you have to offer the sojourners you will encounter, but believe this, you will be changed by it!
I have seen the impact that United Ministries makes on the men that are served by the witness of these men. They have attended our Annual Meetings and met with our members to explain how their lives have changed since being a part of United Ministries. I've seen positive results of men moving into their own homes, finding employment, buying a car, being producers instead of takers. This is a much needed and worthy orgnaizaiton.
TO: United Ministries 12/1/10 RE: Earl’s Place To Whom It May Concern: As a former resident (a 2000 Visionary Graduate), my self-esteem, misery, and general outlook on life seemed hopeless, all due to my addiction that seemed to me at that time, out of control. However, Earl’s Place, with its supervision and community changed that discernment. I was homeless and penniless in 1998. Earl’s Place greeted me with open arms, and provided a means to empower myself towards a “NEW WAY OF LIFE”. A way of life that has continued “one day at a time.” Kudos, to Sheila’s encouragement and her belief in me. Moreover,extra kudos to all the people that support Earl’s Place. Without YOUR support, Sheila’s selfless time and effort, including United Ministries inspiration and maintainability could not continue in this fine city. Many blessings towards a LONG AND PROSPEROUS CAMPAIGN TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE HOMELESS AND IN NEED, Anonymous Disclaimer: So much more needs to be addressed YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT will assure this will happen.
I also was a client of Earl's Place. I was helped immeasurably by this organization. There are amazing things happening there at earl's Place, Ms. Sheila H. is one of a kind. Her endless work at creating a very nice program that feeds, houses, and helps in many, many ways all whom are fortunate enough to enter their program. I only wish that there was more money available to this organization so that they could help even more people. They certainly deserve it
United Ministries is an incredible organization. They are transforming people from homeless men on the streets to contributing members of society. These men are encouraged to share their stories. Our church looks forward each year to having a backyard bbq at Earl's Place (United Ministries's transitional housing). We share food, laughs, and stories with the men. We quickly learn that we are not that different than these folks who had a disease such as alcoholism ruin their lives. Once a year a couple of the men will come and speak at our church. We need to do more than just provide a hand-out or write out a check. We need to meet and understand those in need and give them a chance to understand us. I have reviewed their plan to expand and fully support it. Our church has offered our endowment as collateral if necessary because we believe in United Ministries's mission.
I have personally seen the impact this program makes in the lives of the people they serve. I have seen men go from living on the streets to graduating from college with honors. United Ministries’ Earl’s Place program doesn’t put band-aids on gaping wounds; it rebuilds lives! This program gives its residence a chance to repent, rehabilitate and restore their lives. Every facet of the individual is included in this ministry of transformation. When I give a donation to United Ministries, I know that I am helping to make a difference. I know that my support of United Ministries is helping to change our world, one (whole) life at a time. Lois C. St. Mark's UCC Baltimore, MD
I have found Earl's Place to be a great place for rehabilitation for men. It is a necessity in the community for the men to renew values and get a better sense of direction. I'm a member of an organization- Ravens's Roost #69 and a private donor to Earl's Place. As a Roost member, we usually visit and watch a football game with the residence at least one a year.The residence are always respectful and thankful for our visit. We also share food and great conversations during our visit. The Executive Director, Shelia Helgerson is a wonderful, hard working and caring person. It has given me great pleasure to know and support her in what she is doing for the residents. May Earl's Place continue its purpose for years to come. April Cox Ravens Roost #69
When I came into Earl's Place I was totally lost and alone. I had no clue how I was going to function in the world without drugs and alcohol. I didn't even know that that world existed. Earl's place showed me a way of life that was far better than the one that I was living. I was homeless, restless, irritable and very disontent with life and Earl's Place showed me how to live life on life's terms. As a direct result of that, today I am successful in life and in my recovery.
I love what Earl's Place does to help the men get their lives back. I have been donating for several years now and even though i don't live in Maryland anymore, I still donate when I can. I always loved getting to meet the men that were being helped they were always so grateful.
What I have heard from the men at Earl's Place is that they are very glad to be there. Most of them go to school, get diplomas or degrees,get a job and their own apartment. Many have come to my church and tell about their happy experience at Earl's Place. They have much- praise for the officers who run the place.
In my considred expeience, I found Earl's Place and Ms. Shelia to be of ENORMOUS help tp me and others that I personally witnessed. Sheila always takes the time to be helpful on an individual basis to all with whatever special needs they require. I have never been in a better place where staff cares so genously and sincerely as Earl's Place
Despite the rave reviews, there exist an under current of racism. The clients are well aware of how it is employed, yet say nothing for fear of termination from the program. I will say that time and practices would reveal a very different director than first impression would have it. Everythng that glidders isn't gold.
Earl's Place is one of my favorie local charities.I have met several of the clients in recent years and they all have a very inspiring story to tell. They speak of the how United Ministries has gotten them back on their feet after an extremely hopeless outlook.
As a volunteer and donor and professional with experience in this area, I thought this was superbly done. The residents seem happy and on their way to a full recovery. I thought that the Executive Director, Sheila Helgerson, was responsible for how well Earl's Place was doing as a result of her personality and people skills.
United Ministries is a highly committed and successful organization that is best known for Earl's Place, a transitional housing program for homeless men. If you meet some of the men served by this program, you will understand the tremendous value it generates for the men and the community.
I continue to be vastly impressed with the level of care offered to the men living at Earl's Place. It is a true home, a place where there is great comfort, honesty and understanding. One need only to walk through the door and speak with one of the residents to see how great opportunity to turn things around in their lives is given to the residents.
Easily one of the best-run charities I ever have encountered. Very low overhead and a sincere commitment to helping people in need make this my top choice for GREAT Non-profits.