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Helping Up Mission Receives Donation To Reopen Emergency Shelter

April 19, 2021

Last year, Helping Up Mission’s Overnight Guest Services, which had been in operation since 1885, had to close its doors due to COVID-19. Now, more than a year later, things are looking up…

Thanks to a $100,000 donation from CFG Bank and owner, Jack Dwyer, Helping Up Mission can once again begin serving the community by providing much needed shelter, showers, clean clothes, and warm meals to men experiencing homelessness in Baltimore.

The generous contribution allows the organization to make renovations to their facility which are now required because of the pandemic. The changes, including updates to the air-handling systems and restrooms, will ensure the safety those sheltering at Helping Up Mission.

Not only will some of Baltimore’s most vulnerable receive shelter and food, but current and future overnight guests will also receive COVID-19 vaccinations thanks to a partnership with Helping Up Mission’s GBMC Health Partners Clinic and the Baltimore City Health Department.

CEO of CFG Bank, Bill Wiedel, said, “We were more than happy to make this donation…the work Helping Up Mission is doing is so important. Especially in this pandemic, it is great to know they can reopen their emergency shelter program and give these men a chance at recovery and hope.”

Helping Up Mission (HUM) is an IRS designated 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 1885 to meet
the needs of Baltimore City’s and the surrounding counties’ poor and underserved residents. For 136 years,
HUM has developed deep roots among the inner city’s poor and homeless, helping countless individuals
overcome poverty, homelessness, and addiction. HUM is located on the 1000 block of East Baltimore Street in
the Historic Jonestown community of Baltimore City.

HUM serves 530 people daily in eight programs, ranging from Emergency Overnight Shelter to the largest
long-term recovery program in Maryland, the one-year Spiritual Recovery Program. HUM’s programming is
guided by our mission statement: Helping Up Mission provides hope to people experiencing homelessness,
poverty, or addiction by meeting their physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs.

Learn more about Helping Up Mission here.

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