Helping-Up Mission

by Louise MacDonald
       I've been a drug addict for 32 years, I've left one job after another, I've abandoned my wife and kids, been in prison, lived and slept on the streets."
       It's a shocker to hear Jerome speak. Men with similar messages may have useful skills and numerous attributes applicable to well-paying jobs, as well as college degrees. Is it worth trying to save them?
       The Helping-Up Mission, founded in 1885, thinks so. In fact, Jerome now has a first-rate job and a new family, though he still helps out at the mission. The agency provides up to 500 meals a day and overnight shelter for 150 men (no drunks please).
       But it is HUM's year-long Spiritual Recovery Program that lifts men of the inner city permanently off the streets and prepares them for real life with renewed belief in themselves and the necessary skills, including the use of computers, to get a decent job. Graduates of the program have success stories to tell!
       Take a moment to visit the Helping-Up Mission, a non-denominational Christian mission, at 1029 East Baltimore St. (Tel: 410-327-5296), as my husband and I have just done and you'll be uplifted and impressed. There are myriad ways to contribute.

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This story was published on April 5, 2000.