Our Birthday Fundraiser for our founder was a HUGE success last month! We broke bread and raised funds at Homemaid, a local minority owned small business. An unofficial part of our mission is to support as many small business owners as possible. We believe in sharing resources and supporting local.
- Oct 1, 2018
- 2 min read
Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in building healthy communities by providing critical services that contribute to economic stability and mobility. They also strengthen communities in other important ways. Frequently, nonprofit leaders are the voice of the people they serve, in this case, Smalltimore Homes advocates for those who are experiencing homelessness here in Baltimore.
Micro Shelter Assembly
It’s hard to know exactly how many people in Baltimore City experience homelessness.
In a report to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), city officials asserted that on any given night in 2017, 2,669 people experienced homelessness in Baltimore City.
The Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Human Services acknowledges that the "point in time" methodology it uses to perform its count is “imperfect” and says it doesn’t “precisely reflect the actual number of homeless persons in the city.” The point in time methodology only counts sheltered residents of programs that participated in a city-issued survey. It counts only in certain areas of the city and during certain hours. It follows one of the narrowest definitions of homelessness set by HUD. And even under this definition, the number of people experiencing homelessness on a given night exceeds traditional shelter capacity.
Each year when the city performs its point in time count, it tallies more people than shelter beds.
Homelessness is an experience, not a characteristic. While the numbers behind the causes of homelessness don’t tell us exactly how many people experience homelessness in Baltimore City, they do explain why the economic landscape in Baltimore makes homelessness likely for so many.
The numbers behind the causes of homelessness help explain…
BALTIMORE IS POOR
HOUSING IN BALTIMORE IS EXPENSIVE
HEALTH INSURANCE HAS LIMITATIONS
For additional details visit the source: https://www.hchmd.org/homelessness-baltimore
- Sep 1, 2018
- 1 min read
Throughout the year we've hosted a number of volunteers!
First Tool Bank Build
The Importance and Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering is multi-faceted in its importance to our society. It enriches our society, brings us together as a community, and helps keep businesses and other organizations afloat. Volunteers are integral to our society. However, there’s much more to being a volunteer than giving back. You can get so much out of volunteering.
Why More People Should Get Involved
Not only is volunteering important because it helps to better your community, it also helps to better you as an individual. Volunteering is a free way to feel good about yourself. The best part is that you get to share that positivity to those you’re volunteering with.
This feel good feeling is actually shown to decrease your risk of depression because it keeps you active and helps you make new, fulfilling connections. Additionally, it’s a good way to reduce stress that may come from work or your relationships.
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