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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: Helping Up Mission provides hope to the poor and homeless. We do this through programs designed to meet their individual physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

Target demographics: End poverty, homelessness, and addiction.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 540 men and women daily

Geographic areas served: Baltimore and Central Maryland.

Programs: Overnight Guest Shelter, Spiritual Recovery, Intern Training, and Transitional Housing.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

They are putting the lives of others first and caring and loving with a passion to those who aren't able to do for themselves. Helping individuals become a productive member of society. Giving assistance when and where ever needed to all who needs it. I think we can improve by expanding the facility as well as improving or upgrading the rules, taking a little more time to get too know your teammates. (Intern's, and clients)..

Client Served

Rating: 5

This mission is the most comprehensive program addressing the wholistic needs of each client. There could be more offered for the families of clients.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They Help save the lives of thousands of people struggling with addiction and homelessness. They are also about to help serve hundreds of women and children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love the work they do, helping women and children

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Providing HOPE to men, women, and soon children!

1 Diana C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Helping Up Mission (HUM) has helped many, many men in the Baltimore area for many years. It provides them spiritual and emotional guidance and support, food and shelter, medical care, job and life training and hope. I know because HUM saved my son from his addiction and gave him back his family and his life.

Now, HUM is taking up the needs of women by building a new shelter in Baltimore. The needs of women are often more complex because there may be children involved. The new shelter is taking care of both needs.

I believe the Helping Up Mission is deserving of the title Great Nonprofit.
Thank you, Diana C.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Helping Up Mission (HUM) has helped many men in the Baltimore area overcome their addiction to drugs and alcohol with a successfully proven pathway to thrive with hope for a brighter future. The year long Spiritual Recovery Program treats the whole person through assessing medical, educational, mental health and spiritual needs. The men gain a sense of community and brotherhood that many of them lacked in their lives. I know the Program works because it saved my son from addiction. He has been free now from addiction for five years. Thank you HUM for what you do for the men, their families and friends and the community at large! God bless the HUM staff and the volunteers and donors that make it work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I grew up knowing about Helping Up Mission (HUM) down in Baltimore and their work of providing hope and transformation to individuals struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction in the city. It was not until I had applied to be an intern in the Marketing Department and step foot on campus that I realized how much more of an impact this place has than what I envisioned as a homeless shelter. Helping Up Mission offers intense physical, mental, and spiritual help to those who need it the most. I was absolutely blown away when I took a tour of HUM and heard more about the daily routine and systems set in place. HUM meets men and women’s physical needs by providing beds, showers, meals, clothes, toiletries, and services (free of charge) like laundry, a gym, rec room, and a barber shop all on their campus. HUM has multiple relationships with healthcare providers as they walk men and women through therapy, counseling, and meeting the physical need of obtaining health insurance and medications. In addition, what I admire the most about HUM is the spiritual program that points men and women to freedom in Christ. The spiritual recovery program is not only making a physical change, but a heart change. There is a vigorous amount of resources HUM has made available to those struggling and they are truly making a difference in the city.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Helping Up Mission took me in when I had nothing. No family or friends, job, clothes, phone, money or dreams and aspirations. I was given more tools and resources to rebuild my life than I could have ever imagined prior to walking in to this amazing non profit organization. When I walked out of there I had my family back, amazing job, new car, dignity, and an ambition that could take over the world. The beautiful thing about it was those things were not given to me. The HUM (Helping Up Mission) helped me develop the skills and inspiration within myself to achieve success in a way I can be proud of, which motivated me to continue to climb and never stop. The HUM also guided me in developing a new relationship with Christ by helping me build a strong foundation of understanding for the Word of God. Ive watched many men step out of the pits of despair with the HUM support and go on to lead blessed lives that provide hope for the rest of our community. I am beyond words excited to see what the impact of the new women and children’s center of Helping Up Mission will have on the world. This beautiful organization is touched by God and will continue to grow and thrive with or without recognition, but if any nonprofit deserves praise, this is the one.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got too the helping up mission in 2017 ,I was broken and mAD at God for letting me live ,I had cause so much distraction and pain that I thought I could never recover FROM AND I WANTED TO DIE ,I have been to many recovery centers and tried all medications and none of those things work for me ,when I got too the helping up mission it was a blessing they help me see that I NEEDED NO MORE EXCUSES TO NOT LIVE A GOD FIRST LIFE . ,THEY PROVED ALL THAT YOU NEED CLOTHING, FOOD ,SHELTER, AN SPIRITUAL AWAKENING. WITH THE HELPING UP MISSION I WAS ALSO ABLE TO START A MENS GROUP AT NIGHT THAT PROVIDES INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THE HELPING UP MISSION OFFERS

3 Bobby B.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

HUM is truly a life changing experience when it comes to recovery. The program not only assesses the surface of substance abuse disorder but also assists each individual dig deeper into root causes of their own addiction.

The program is created to take away all distractions from a person's life, forcing each person to put their sole focus on themselves and God.

From homeless and active addiction, I now am 21 months clean and sober, 4 months from completing an associates degree, and already working part-time in a new career field.

Helping Up Mission takes openness, honesty, and willingness in their purest form for a complete reformation but isn't that what we need? It is the best program in Maryland, hands down.

2 David K.16

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Helping Up Mission changed my life. Sometimes, I find it hard to express in words the gratitude I feel towards my experience there. All I had to do was bring an attitude of willingness to listen, and the Helping Up Mission provided the rest. I spent 16 months there, and I now have my dream job working for a freight railroad as a Conductor. I will never be able to thank the Helping Up Mission enough for the incredible gift of a completely changed life, both inside and out.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to HUM because I believe in second chances for everyone. Seeing daily the changes and progress, it is a blessing to be part of that transformation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a Graduate Intern at this nonprofit. This nonprofit helped me save my life. I'm a recovering addict I've been here for four year in that time I've gotten my high school diploma.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I arrived on the doorstep of HUM over 5 years ago - Broken, alone, and tired. The Spiritual Recovery Program saved my life and today I celebrate 5 years of continuous sobriety. Thank you HUM!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I arrived to HUM through the overnight shelter after losing everything, including hope. In the yearlong program I received the spiritual, mental, social and physical support I needed to move forward.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of the Helping up Mission, I am able to achieve my educational goals and return to society as the productive adult I've desired to be.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Helping Up Mission was a gift to me and my family. I was given the tools and support needed to combat life sober.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the Helping Up Mission all the way from south central Kentucky. Helping Up saved my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Helping Up Mission had accepted me when no one else would and when I had no where else to go. The kindness, compassion, and care I received was more than I would have imagined. It was a true blessing and the love of God that He lead me to this place. Thank God for His mercy!

11 Jered B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On October 7th 2016 I entered the Helping Up Mission as a broken man that had lost everything. All I had was jail issued sweat pants, t-shirt and flip-flops. On October 9th 2017 I walk out a new man. I had my wife and children back, drivers license, excellent job, a year of seminary under my belt and an unstoppable hope for my future. I could write a book on the amazing things that I have seen happen at this place. I believe it has been touched by God. I don't think there is a non-profit organization that has touched as many lives in the entire country.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping Up Mission is my favorite charity helping men and women in Baltimore!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Helping Up Mission is a safe haven in downtown Baltimore for men who are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. The mission has saved my life. I entered the doors of the Mission 1 year ago; a broken and defeated man. The year long spiritual life program gave me the strength and confidence to beat my alcohol addiction. I have met others like me who have become my brothers on our life long road to recovery and more importantly, a chance to rebuild our lives with the love and support we need to maintain our sobriety.

2 Karen G.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son a herion addict, tried three times to get clean at helping up mission. They never gave up on him. Each time they embraced him and his addiction. Teaching him about himself, his addiction, feelings family, and hard work. The third time was a charm. He made three promises to me (his mother ). After spending a year in jail he returned to the mission ( Kevin didn’t give up) .promised he would finish the year long program, get his drivers license, and get his GED. He did all this with the help of the mission. MICRICLES HAPPEN EVERYDAY AT HELPING UP MISSION............AND IT DOES. My son would be dead without there support and dedication to each and every person that comes through there door

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Donor

Rating: 5

Having a place like Helping Up Mission is a god send. My son a herion addict would not be alive today if not for the caring , kind, and compassionate staff. They not only helped my son and put him on the right path in life, they healed a family. He is now working, paying his own way, got his high school diploma, and drivers license. The Helping Up mission has a motto "Now it's up to us". As a family we had to step back, let the mission staff and my son work together. Now 3 years later my son and family are whole.........Big Thank You Helping Up Mission

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with HUM in a variety of roles and have always found that I am the one feeling served as I leave. The men in the mission are polite and appreciative and carry with them a sense of dignity and hope, even amidst their struggles. Their freedom to share their stories, and their vulnerability in doing so, makes me feel more like a trusted friend, rather than a volunteer serving dinner, or participating in a book group discussion. There is a palpable spirit of hope and worth in the mission that is inviting to everyone who enters in.

3 Hannah R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping Up has a wonderful mission with a long list of consistent donors--a testament to its services and stewardship.

3 Aaron N.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a current program participant, came to the HUM utterly defeated and broken last February. They met me where I was at and provided for my every need. Not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. My physical condition was but a symptom of the turmoil within. Amazing how much different I feel today. I've found more than hope at the mission, every day is a blessing. Thank you God, HUM, and contributors.

4 Jason H.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was at a point in my life where I was completely hopeless and determined to die an alcoholic death. I no longer had work, support, clothes, insurances, anything. I have never in my life heard of a rehabilitation center that you didn't need a dime to get accepted to, and they provided me with everything necessary to put my life back together. I will be forever grateful.

5 James Clifft W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to HUM in 2015 looking to restore my life. I never imagined how much I could learn to regain control and restore my life. I found peace within myself. I met amazing men who wanted the same thing I wanted. I found faith, honesty, and a new way of life. The program gave me the tool to succeed. I have restored all of my relationships with my friends and my family. I have learn how to become an adult and take care of the wreckage over the years. I also have found my passion, which is helping others. I am a Peer Recovery Specialist now working in one of the busiest ER in the state of Maryland. This place is a house of GOD and will help anyone looking for restoration. I have found happiness and met some amazing men during the process. This program has given my parents their son back, my sister has her brother back, and my niece and nephew have their uncle back. I am a friend again and most importantly am an honest christian man handling my business day to day. Thank you Helping Up Mission for giving me the tools and allowing me time to rebuild and regain my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HI, my name is Rob, I came to the mission back in May and my life has since been transformed. I not only overcame my alcohol problem, I started to find the root cause of why I drank in the first place. I started to get involved in the programs the H.U.M. and began to see my life change for the better. I was recently awarded a grant to go back to school, I plan on going back to CCBC in the spring! I would highly recommend the Helping up Mission to anyone looking for a new way of life.
-Rob A.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Helping Up Mission is a great place to find a recovery. It's beautiful, it's nice, you get a lot of one-on-one attention, Treated like a human being with compassion from the whole staff. Everyone is looking out for another. I have been to many other places and this is the most comprehensive in terms of psychological, substance abuse and spiritual. Would recommend the Helping Up Mission to anyone battling substance abuse.

3 Wendy F.1

Donor

Rating: 5

My brother is alive today because of Helping Up Mission. You literally see where your money goes. It changes men’s lives, helps them reconnect and rebuild life with their families, and above all else hope.

3 Barbara van der V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping Up Mission impacts lives for the better every single day, and I have witnessed the miraculous stories of recovery with my own eyes. With dedication, honesty, and transparency, this non-profit organization is making a true difference in the lives of men and women in Baltimore.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have volunteered to help supply donations to Helping Up Mission. We participated in the Hope Tote campaign to raise donations and needed supplies. It was a great experience. Once the bags full of supplies arrived from family, friends, neighbors, etc. we filled our truck and took them to Helping Up Missions. We were greeted with great appreciation and friendly people. We actually got a detailed tour of the entire facility from Kenny Weir. It was remarkable. It is wonderful the support this program is giving to the lives of the men there. They are truly changing lives for the better. We will be continuing to support Helping Up Mission, as does our church, Dundalk Presbyterian.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Helping Up MIssion in various capacities for 4 1/2 years. It is a wonderful mission that not only provides food and shelter to homeless men, but supports them through a comprehensive spiritual recovery program, helping them to recover from drug and alcohol abuse. The men must commit to a year of recovery while living at the shelter. During that time they are counseled, take part in 12-step recovery classes. have access to GED classes and personal mentoring, and receive job training and placement. So, Helping Up not only supplies their everyday needs, but "teaches them to fish" and to be productive citizens once their recovery is complete. I have never seen an organization that is run so well. For the men who complete the year long program, there is a very high success rate (meaning they are sober and employed one year later)--much higher than any government organization. Being a volunteer there has been a most rewarding personal experience. I would highly recommend this organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Outstanding organization that provides shelter to troubled men. Very happy to support their mission financially. The best non-profit in Baltimore City.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

hell'o my name is vaughn caricofe I am a graduate of the Helpingup Mission I work and live here at the mission Icame here in 2000 almost 9 years ago i graduated in 2001 and became a inturn then staff Ipresently hold the position of lodgeing corrdinator Ilove the mission and it contenues to help save my life if you wish to know more about me you are welcome to e-mail me at vcaricofe@helpingup.org or vcaricofe@yahoo.com iwill be more then welcome to share more of my story thank you and God Bless

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first learned about the Helping up Mission in Feb. 2008 when my brother entered the 1 year recovery program. He had been addicted to drugs for over 30 years and was looking at going away to jail for 25yrs. Thanks to the mission they went to court and talked to the judge who agreed to let him try the program. I am happy to say he graduated a year later. We attended the Graduation Banquet and were really touched with all the stories and people we met there. Over the year he brought people home to visit on several occasions and we were truy inspired by their stories and so happy for them. We thank god everyday for the wonderful people at the mission who made such a difference in all our lives and we are amazed at how they can change lives of people who have been addicted for so long and had given up hope of ever changing. Thank you to everyone at the HUM you are truly amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a great admiration for what Helping Up Mission is doing for the homeless and men wanting to overcome addiction. The employees and volunteers have a real heart for the men. It was a real eye opener for me when I took the tour. I have since starting giving on a monthly basis and my kids and I volunteered the last two Thanksgivings. Helping Up Mission is changing lives of men and getting them back on their feet. Keep up the good work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been serving as my church's liaison to HUM. Our church has had groups of youth visit for a tour and service project the past two summers. In addition, two groups of adults from the church have visited and served dinner over the past year. Each time, everyone has been so impressed with the work done at Helping Up. Everyone there is wonderful, friendly and appreciative of the help they are receiving. It's a wonderful thing to see men helping each other and themselves. It is one thing to hear about it, but it's an entirely different thing to see it for yourself! The Lord is doing great work at Helping Up!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was invited to attend an executive dinner at the mission and enjoyed hearing about the work they are doing. I was impressed by the speakers at the dinner who were in the program and also the tour of the facilities. Wonderful work is being done at Helping Up -- I'm sure there are many who owe their lives to this work. We will continue to donate money and hopefully, in the future, time to this effort.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been donating money to this organization for a while. Recently, I was invited to take a tour of their facility. I did so, and I really liked what they're doing there. They're helping men change their lives, and I love the fact that they rely on Christian principles, rooted in faith. Later on, I helped volunteer on Thanksgiving day, and it was lovely to meet more men and other volunteers. Whether you're Christian or not, I would support this organization that helps men not only fight their addictions, but also helps to make these same men productive in society.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have not personally been able to help out with Helping Up Mission, but I remember countless times when I would visit Streetlite Christian Fellowship-Federal Hill that the changed lives at Helping Up Mission were incredible. So many of the people I had talked to during each visit had a great story to tell about staying sober and having a great appreciation towards the people there who help out and to God for helping them through their struggle. It really is a great outreach!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After volunteering at the Helping Up Mission of Baltimore City, I have a real appreciation for what they are accomplishing. The men struggle with many issues and have a great support system here! I have men beam when they told me that they were sober, even stating the date that they became sober. Some for a few weeks, some months and some for years. It is great to know that I can be a part of improving someone's self esteem and overall life! I know that these men will not only benefit from being at Helping Up, but they will, in turn, help others and REALLY 'Pay it Forward'. Keep up the great work!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very impressive! Can't wait until the construction is finished to see the final facility. Helping many men, teaching them different things, banking, financial affairs, spiritual and education. I know some of the success stories and totally endorse this non profit!