What a fantastic organization! The dedication and compassion they have for assisting homeless youth in Frederick County is unmatched. Did you know that an estimated 4.2 million youth and young adults experience homelessness each year? Each and every small step in helping these kids makes a difference. It takes a village and SHIP serves as a great example of how we can harness our love and resources and make a positive change in this community.
I have donated many times and will continue to donate. SHIP is a great program ran by wonderful, caring people. I love giving back to our community. And donating to SHIP is a great way to help our youth. It's a great way to show them there are lots of people who care about them and their future.
The talented and dedicated SHIPmates that form the SHIP family are unfailingly generous, enthusiastic and resourceful in providing meaningful assistance to those who are experiencing homelessness. I have been an active SHIPmate for about four years, so I have watched as the organization has morphed somewhat and pivoted during the pandemic.
SHIP's board and staff are constantly seeking out and borrowing 'best practices' from other organizations, or adapting them to better meet the needs of SHIP's clients. Specialized support is so useful to families and individuals who feel isolated, forgotten and invisible in our greater social structure.
In addition to direct assistance, the marvelous SHIP staff engage in legislative advocacy, developing strategies, providing testimony, conducting research, never losing sight of the individuals who benefit from tweaks to policy and the development of entirely new policies.
The P in SHIP stands for Partnership. SHIP has a very powerful relationship with our county's public schools - teachers and support staff are often the first to realize that a family has become unmoored. Together, both groups work to meet specific family needs in ways that preserve the dignity of the individuals who need assistance.
I treasure the time I spend working with the SHIP family and I am looking forward to implementing greater involvement for my family with other families.
SHIP's work on behalf of vulnerable populations is what attracted my notice. At the moment, the best guess is that more than 900 k-12 students in this county have experienced homelessness in the past 12 months. That's a huge number of struggling students. (Some of them are unaccompanied minors.)
SHIP has developed an impressive portfolio of ways ANYONE can help. 1) They publicize efforts by other organizations (Stuff the Bus - to collect school supplies, for example). 2) They partner annually with many local retailers/service providers/government bodies to collect hygiene supplies, socks and underwear to have on hand. 3) They provide payment for temporary shelter. 4) An extensive network of ordinary folks watch for SHIP's notifications to provide specific clothing for specific children (as identified by public school personnel.) 5) SHIP posts info about medical needs in order to find appropriate providers who may be willing to reduce or waive some or all of their fees. 6) SHIP volunteers find sports equipment, art supplies, musical instruments, bicycles and other pricey items to help needy kids find their best selves. 7) SHIP recently sought advice/care for a pet belonging to a child in a shelter with a parent where the pet was not permitted (happy ending here, thanks to SHIP!) 8) The New Horizons Academy provides academic support, life skills training, self-care skills development to older students when school is out of session, 9) SHIP is about to implement a volunteer program for direct shelter for older homeless youth. I am sure there is more.
Fund raising for SHIP involves the entire community. From tip jar donations to Sunday School collections, SHIP funds come in creative ways. Public events (Walk-the-Plank, for example) have become annual fun events. I think SHIP staff are willing to go anywhere, any time to educate community groups and the general public about the scope of homelessness, the impacts on the future of Frederick County, and provide opportunities to help.
Imagine how frightening it would be to become homeless, maybe living in a car, or in the woods, or in a shelter where everyone has to vacate during the day even if they are unwell. Now imagine you are a child, watching your parent, feeling their fear that children’s services may remove you from their care because there is no roof over your head. You are still going to school but your clothes are what you can carry and are ill fitting. Remember, school is another fishbowl where everyone can see what you don’t have, and it’s an opportunity for peers to ostracize you. Kids deserve to have comfortable shoes, clothes that fit and clothes that they don’t have to sleep in. I have seen SHIP in action. These are volunteers with heart and a mission. They use their resources wisely. Please support their efforts.
This is an amazing organization that started with a simple FaceBook post about a Middle School student needing a pair of shoes and now supports hundreds of homeless student at any one time. It allows the community to help in big ways and small, from providing a pair of socks to a room in a home.
Well managed and engages the community well to provide maximum impact.
Well managed, lean, and tactical. Well-regarded in the community. Bold implementation of a homestay program for homeless teens, which they fought for in Annapolis.
I'll say upfront that I'm an original cofounder and volunteer for SHIP before it was even called SHIP. Over the years I've had the great pleasure of hearing positive responses from school counselors, administrators, and community liaisons, time and again. I most often hear the words, "SHIP is a blessing for our students." It's from those many positive responses that I know SHIP is doing all the right things for our students experiencing homelessness in Fredrick County, from providing shoes and clothing for school wear, getting students and their families into temporary housing, making sure that youth and families are connected with resources, and providing whatever other needs they might have.
SHIP believes that no youth should be left behind. My children and I have benefited from SHIP some years ago when we were homeless. That is why I am so grateful that SHIP is still there today, standing stronger than ever. Please, donate, volunteer, or come work with this amazing "ship" and let us sail together!
After our nephew very unexpectedly ended up with us after a family crisis during his senior year. We didn't have guardianship of him, couldn't get insurance for him, enroll him in school, nothing. We were taking in a homeless teenager with no idea how we were going to do this. SHIP helped us solve all these problems, and then they helped with everything his senior year. He wouldn't have graduated without his case manager and SHIP. We are so grateful for their help.
Four years ago, a young lady who was a part of the mock trial team at the high school I coached had to make the difficult decision to leave her family home due to an absolutely toxic environment. This was my first direct, personal experience with homelessness among students.
Three years ago, I served on a team of local leaders on a project for SHIP to determine the feasibility of a mentoring program.
These contacts with SHIP and the population they serve helped me understand something that I think most people don't understand. Student homelessness is real, it is a significant problem in ALL of our schools (yes even the wealthier ones). Frederick has 10 high schools and all of them (and the elementary and middle schools that feed into them) have students who are living in a homeless situation. Homelessness among students knows no socio-economic boundaries. Even in a county as relatively affluent as Frederick County, MD, more than 800 students are homeless.
As you might imagine, students experience homelessness have significant school attendance problems, are less likely to do well in school when they do attend, may have difficulty getting to school, and because they don't know where they will be sleeping that night, may be forced into changing schools regularly.
SHIP is leading the way looking for solutions to this problem. While we focus on Frederick County, our work is being studied around the state and the region.
I have watched in awe as SHIP has increased its work and community outreach to help underprivileged children in Frederick County. For years, I was proud to just serve as a volunteer to the organization, however, when asked to join the board of directors, I could not say no. The daily impact programs including New Horizons, emergency shelter, and school support are unparalleled in our community, state and region. I am proud to call myself and SHIPmate and if you have not yet supported this organization, I suggest you check them out and join the fight to end youth homelessness.
I’ve been working with SHIP for over three years. What I am in awe of is where the school system is not able to provide the extra support our homeless children need, SHIP provides a bridge to the student and the School to do it differently.
A truly remarkable and absolutely necessary non-profit within the Frederick Community. The leadership team at SHIP goes above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of youth facing homelessness. Their hearts, passion, and dedication to the work they do is commendable. SHIP is strongly supported by the Frederick community and beyond. I can't wait to see the incredible things they accomplish in the future!
They work every aspect to make the largest impact for vulnerable, homeless youth in our community by partnering with other charitable organizations and existing public services, engaging businesses, public outreach and sourcing, engaging schools and working with our government. The team provides a variety of resources for the specific needs of each child and tools for teens to successfully navigate transition into adulthood. Truly an organization I am happy to support!
SHIP is a great organization. I’ve donated many times over the years and have found them to be organized, thoughtful and efficient. And their programming for homeless youth seems pretty phenomenal.
I volunteer time, services, and money to this amazing group. The management is compassionate and cause is so very vital to the needs of the community.
I enjoy volunteering with and supporting SHIP. They do great work for truly wonderful people. They focus not just on helping in the moment, but also for the long term - breaking the cycle of poverty through education and inspiration. They help the kids see there’s so much more out there for them and to build their confidence in going after it. A great organization and a tremendous team.
Google the homeless statistics in your state and see the number of families experiencing homelessness and unaccompanied students experiencing homelessness. The numbers are staggering. That is why we NEED organizations like SHIP and why they are so important to the community they serve. SHIP is so beneficial for the young people and they provide a multitude of programs including emergency shelters, basic hygiene needs, clothing, activities, mentoring and educational support. They have a great online presence and communicate all the the programs and opportunities to get involved with on their website. Really great stuff! - N.Macdonald
SHIP is ever true to its mission: To provide for homeless students in our community so that they can graduate from high school. This is a many faceted program that partners with community organizations to get the job done. In our New Horizons high school program, we are proud to say all of our seniors have graduated on time!
I've volunteered with SHIP since its inception and admire and respect their work so much that I recently joined the Board. The mission, vision, strategy and execution out of SHIP are just exceptional. The Executive Director, Ed Hinde, is a masterful strategist, planner, and most importantly passionate about changing life for this vulnerable population. Every dollar is spent wisely, every volunteer hour truly cherished, and every child valued. I couldn't be more proud to be a SHIPmate!