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City Description

Nicknamed the Charm City, Baltimore is a diverse city with a rich culture and history to be explored! From historic Fells Point to the infamous Hampden neighborhood, you’ll come to find the uniqueness of the city. The Baltimore community is also fortunate to have a thriving Mercy spirit. The volunteers reside in Lauraville, a neighborhood just 5 miles away from downtown. In one of our more spacious housing arrangements, the volunteers live in a vacant rectory with shops and grocery stores within walking distance. Two cars, and options for public transit, make for an easy commute to the service sites and turns everything in Baltimore into just a short trip away. There will always B’more to discover in this city!

Housing: apartment (vacant rectory)
Transportation: 2 cars and public
Number of Volunteers: 4

Service Site Descriptions

Health Care for the Homeless

Mission: To prevent and end homelessness for vulnerable individuals and families by providing quality, integrated health care, and promoting access to affordable housing and sustainable incomes through direct service, advocacy, and community engagement.

Health Care for the Homeless offers pediatric and adult medical care, behavioral health services, social work and case management, substance use treatment, dental care, HIV services, outreach, supportive housing, and access to special health and housing services. Health Care for the Homeless uses its direct service experience to educate the broader community about homelessness and health and to advocate for public policies capable of ending homelessness. A volunteer is needed to serve as a program assistant in HCH’s engagement department. The volunteer will help to build strategic relationships that advance the mission of preventing and ending homelessness, namely through collaborative efforts with other organizations and city-wide initiatives as well as engagement and mobilization of HCH clients and staff. This position will also include 1 day/week at Mercy Medical Center as an ambassador in the emergency and mother/baby departments.

Site Details

Website: www.hchmd.org
Skills: Advocacy, Community Organizing, Homeless Outreach, Public Health

Mercy Medical Center

Mission: To witness God’s healing love for all people by providing excellent clinical and residential services within a community of compassionate care.

Mercy Medical Center is a community hospital located in downtown Baltimore where a diverse population is served. The campus includes a state-of-the-art, 300-bed patient tower. Mercy Medical Center is one of the few hospitals in the nation with a Magnet designation. A volunteer is needed as a nurse to work in the Mother & Baby Unit. Another volunteer is needed as an occupational therapist.

Website: www.mdmercy.com
Skills: Healthcare, Nursing, Occupational & Physical Therapy, Specialty Health Services

St. Francis of Assisi Parish and School

Mission: To proclaim the message of Jesus to the total community, ministering in love and justice to all of God’s people; to form children for a life of scholarship, spirituality, and service.

St. Francis of Assisi is a Catholic parish and school that serves Northeast Baltimore. A hallmark of the parish has been its commitment to social justice. A volunteer is needed as a social justice coordinator, coordinating social justice ministry in both the school and the parish through the school’s curriculum, student council, parish activities, youth ministry, and community outreach. The volunteer will also have the opportunity to design educational events to enhance the students’ understanding of various cultures and careers as part of the school’s International Baccalaureate program.

Website: www.sfabalt.org
Skills: Social Services, Education, Social Justice Advocacy, Community Outreach

Stella Maris

Mission: To provide a comprehensive range of housing and health services for the elderly, sick, injured and the dying.

Stella Maris provides the following services to the aged, infirm, and terminally ill persons: independent living housing units, subacute/rehabilitation, medical day care, and personal care services. A volunteer is needed as a programs and activities coordinator in the long-term care unit. In this role, the volunteer will engage the residents in quality of life activities as well as build individual relationships through daily visits.

Website: www.stellamaris.org
Skills: Healthcare, Social Services, Nurse, Activity Planning

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