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Maryland New Directions

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Employment, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: Our mission is to train and coach people facing career and life transitions to overcome barriers, restore self-belief, and acquire the skills and tools needed to secure employment on a path to living wage.

Results: Since 1973, Maryland New Directions has served nearly 140,000 individuals looking to become self-sustaining through employment. Maryland New Directions (MND) is a 45-year-old award winning non-profit organization offering no-cost employment coaching and specialized career training programs for Baltimore area residents, ages 18-60 years of age. MND works with over 350 motivated job-seekers annually, most of whom face significant obstacles in finding a job or establishing a new career. Our holistic approach and valuable employer partnerships create opportunity for long-term careers and remarkable outcomes that include industry recognized credentials, a livable wage, and an impressive employment retention rate of 82.5% (1 yr) for our graduates. When a person successfully completes Maryland New Directions’ program they are empowered to obtain and retain employment; it’s not just good for the individual and their family, but for the whole community.

Target demographics: Unemployed and Underemployed

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350+ individuals

Geographic areas served: Baltimore

Programs: Career Focus, Maritime Transportation Distribution and Logistics, and Commercial Transportation Careers Training Programs

Community Stories

518 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Before coming to Maryland New Directions I felt lost not sure what I wanted to do in life. I had worked numerous of jobs that I didn't like. Finally I knew what I wanted to do and was looking for. Not just another job but a career and one I enjoy coming to. Coming to the program I received all that and more. I'm in the process of becoming a professional operator. The staff have been with me every step of the way even when I wanted to give up on myself. They did not allow that to happen. I thank MND for the life change and would recommend them to everyone I know.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for Maryland New Directions for several years, in different capacities (working with clients in the computer lab, serving on committees, helping out at events, etc.) so have seen this organization hard-at-work from several angles. The career programs offered are in-depth and relevant, the job coaching is earnest and effective, and I've personally witnessed countless clients improve their situations, as well as positively shift their self esteem and life-outlook, with MND's support. (MND's support includes targeted career training, assistance with resume writing, soft-skills training, a clothing closet for interview clothes, mock interviews, and job coaching that helps target and support the client's job search while also helping the client remove obstacles to employment, when needed.) I enjoy volunteering here and being part of an organization I know is making a positive difference in Baltimore. (MND is also one of the Baltimore non-profits I confidently donate to every year since I know first-hand that MND runs a lean and efficient organization whose programs are effectively shifting people out of poverty into sustainable career employment. Their success rate is very high.)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had a great experience serving on an advisory committee at MND. I am consistently impressed by the dedication, creativity and passion of the organization's leadership, which gives me confidence that my time and donations will be used productively. MND makes a real difference in the Baltimore community by connecting those in need with high-quality jobs that will lead to a sustainable improvement in their quality of life. This organization has a bright future ahead!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Maryland New Directions takes a comprehensive approach to supporting clients in their journey to success. Their outcomes and impacts are impressive and their staff dedicated and mission focused. This organization is a gem among 'workforce development' nonprofits. If you don't know them, you should!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to MND as a client in the summer of 2018. As a SAHM wanting to change careers at 48, I was having a very difficult time finding any promising job leads or training programs for people my age and place in life. I saw an ad for MND on the Baltimore Based Jobs FB page and signed up for the Career Focus Training. After completing my training, I was invited to interview for an internship, was accepted and then in February of 2019, I was officially hired as MND's Project Assistant. I LOVE being part of the MND Team and using my skills and talents to help others find their new direction.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MND is a phenomenal organization filled with passionate leaders who care tremendously about serving the community. There ability to build a talented, well trained and skilled workforce is exceptional. I strongly recommend this organization for any hiring needs in the areas in which they specialize.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We hired a recent graduate from MND's logistics training program and have enjoyed success from/with this person. She stepped into a difficult situation and has flourished. The training she received from MND has been instrumental in her success with us. I wish that we were in a position to hire more folks from MND.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MND has been an incredible partner in CBP's equity efforts in Central Baltimore. They provide incredibly comprehensive services including resume review, high-quality industry-specific programming leading to living wage and management track positions, great employer relationships, and wonderful follow through 18 months post-employment. They have been an exemplary partner in working to shift the economic conditions of our most distressed neighborhoods and we can't say enough about them!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am humbly thankful for Maryland New Directions' services and resources. I have truly gained insight on how to effectively communicate verbally and in written form to potential employers. I would recommend this organization to others who are genuinely seeking to enhance their professional skillsets and looking to re-enter the workforce. Maryland New Directions has provided me a new perspective on interviews. My time was well spent, along with added treasures of a committed Staff, Volunteers and the wonderful participants comprised in my assigned cohort.
Thank you Maryland New Directions!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Best non-profit organization and everyone is good.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was very nice meeting you all and I want to learn many things in my life. The institute was good, everyone was very good and I love you all. I liked this course because I want to learn new things and get a job toward my future. It was very pleasant that I saw everyone of you. Thank you for everyone. Take care.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I must say that this program is incredibly useful! I've learned more than I expected. I have been able to figure out how to categorize my skills, interests and education. The mock interview process contributed to my self confidence. Great speakers contributed to the overall experience. Thanks

Client Served

Rating: 3

I've had the experience of obtaining customer service improvements as well as receiving information on how to present myself as a new employee in the work world. I'm glad to say that the opportunity not only provided on site interviews it also proved to be a good resource for my future careers in Social Work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed my time at MND. it was really informative and indicative of my life and story. Heard about it by word of mouth and i feel like it was meant for me to head in MND directions. The things i have learned and learned hear, hopefully will parallel my life for bigger and better things

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Client Served

Rating: 5

THIS ORGANIZATION ROCKS!!!!!! You will not find another Nonprofit Organization that shows as much caring, and compassion as this place!!! The workshops are very informative, and up to date to keep you going. I have been motivated so much to get back to my seat the next day i wake up before the alarm clock!!! These folks have the goods! I got help refreshing my Resume' so that it stands out, and am receiving more than one valuable credential to get the job that I need. Highly recommended!! A++++++++! Shout out to my Job Coach Mrs. Sonya Harrison!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 4

MND provides more information about the jobs market in Maryland and and give to candidates required skills for understanding himself behavior in order to correct it and encourage them to apply for jobs according to the everyone background and available opportunities.
We are not aware about our values but we have many values, and MND is the right moral person to go and seen in order to increase our personal consideration, and integrate a career.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Here at MND it was a great experience for me to take in the new knowledge provide. This program actually help you see the bigger in picture in life, and getting a career not a job. The exercises here help you to grow as a person and as a interviewer. It was a struggle but it's really worth it. Your weaknesses will become a strength after the program. Mr.Lamont my job coach was a great mentor, him helping me too stay confident everyday and helping me to stay positive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

great experience. wonderful coaches with great teaching methods... i enjoyed all the workshops,as well as the exercises... my job coach was terrific and extremely helpful and shared a wealth of fantastic experience( Sonya HARRIS). ON A SCALE OF 1-10 i give the program a 25...

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned a lot about the interview process an also about the port of Baltimore. The staff was wonderful and a big help with my resume and with building confidence

Client Served

Rating: 5

Maryland New Direction help other people to become more successful in life by completing Resumes, and building great skills strategies of becoming more comfortable of interviews. Also Maryland New Direction also help us build great mindset of the learning process.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Maryland New Directions helped me with my resume and communication skills but also are giving me opportunities to find good jobs and further my career.