The year is almost over and Empowering Minds is so grateful for all the joys and blessings we've received in 2017. We hope you're bundling up during these winter months and feeling some holiday cheer! Below you'll find pictures from Empowering Minds' Thanksgiving last month, information on our events this December, information on winter shelters and resources, some FREE Baltimore Metropolitan Holiday events, and agency news and updates. Happy Holidays everyone!
Empowering Minds' Thanksgiving
On Thanksgiving Day, Empowering Minds staff volunteered at Rosemont Tower and packed 200 boxes of Thanksgiving food for home-bound and low-income residents. Thanks for having us Rosemont Tower!
Staff also had our own Thanksgiving meal at our Baltimore office. Tasty food, great company, and gratitude for our clients and community partners.
Helping Hands Holiday Event
Empowering Minds is excited for our annual Helping Hands Holiday Event coming up this December! There will be a free dinner, free cleaning supplies, toys for kids, arts and crafts activities, a raffle, bingo, entertainment, and a ton of holiday cheer! Below you can find some pictures from last year's events.
Winter Resources
Baltimore City
Baltimore County
Anne Arundel County
There is a waiting list to enter into Winter Relief. The following guidelines apply to the waiting list:
  • To get on the waiting list, an individual must come into the Day & Resource Center and sign up
  • An individual may also sign up by calling the Arundel House of Hope by calling (410) 863 – 4888 and leaving a message on the Winter Relief Ext.The waiting list is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis
  1. Call after 7:00 AM to leave a message on the Winter Relief Ext.
  2. When leaving a message, clearly state your name, and what time your are calling
  3. Clearly say that you would like to have your name put on the waiting list
  4. If you have adult family members coming with you, say their names as well (no one under 18 years of age may be sheltered in Winter Relief)
  • If you don’t get in one night, you can always call back or come in the following day
  1. The waiting list refreshes each night
  2. That means, the next morning, there is an all-new and empty waiting list
Harford County

HCAA has a food pantry Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. It also provides assistance through an Electric Universal Support Program, the Maryland Energy Assistance Program, homeless services, and case management. If you want to enter a shelter in Harford County, this is the first place you should go!

1321-B Woodbridge Station Way
Edgewood, MD 21040

Hope for the Homeless Alliance provides a day and night shelter, which starts December 18 and continues until March (depending on weather). It will provide transportation to and from the day and night shelter. The day shelter is from 8am-4:30 and the night shelter is 5pm- 7:30am. You must go through Harford Community Action Agency to access these services.
FREE Holiday Events and Activities
Washington Monument

December 4th 5-8 PM

The Washington Monument annual lighting and firework show. There is also live music, refreshments, and special activities at venues, like the  Walters Art Museum .

Olde Tyme Christmas Festival

Dec. 6. All day

Fells Point will have a holiday market, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and the Parade of Lighted Boats.

Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade

Dec. 7. 1 PM

There will be floats, motorcycles, marching units, and Santa. The 2.5-mile route starts at Poly/Western high schools, crosses Cold Spring Lane and continues south on Falls Road to 36th Street, turns east on 36th Street, turns north on Chestnut Avenue, and ends on 37th Street. 
New Years Annapolis

December 31, 2017. 3 PM

Behind Maryland Hall and Bates Middle School. Activities will include face painting, an obstacle course, moon bounce and music performed by kids’ rock bands. Be sure to stay for the 5:30 p.m. fireworks. The celebration continues with live music and dancing at Susan Campbell Park and the City Dock at 8 p.m. and leads to a countdown to the New Year and midnight fireworks.

Candy Cane Hunt

December 2nd, 10AM-1PM at the MACC in Gambrills, MD

Dozens of holiday vendors, crafters, small businesses to shop from. Each with a craft, game, activity or special treat for your child.
* Snow Making with ELSA our favorite snowy princess.
* Pictures with SANTA!
* FREE Hot Cocoa Bar presented by Once Upon A Child Gambrills.
Clayville Railroad Outdoor Train Garden

November 30th -December 3rd and December 7th – December 10th 4PM-9PM at 8269 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd Pasadena MD 21122

1 free hot beverage and a smore pack for each guest

Columbia Lakefront: Festive Fridays Family Fun Night

December 8th, 6-8PM

Bring the whole family. Music. Holiday Arts and Crafts. Strolling characters. Free hot chocolate and cookies courtesy of Whole Foods. Snacks from Clyde’s. Free Holiday-themed Photobooth. Characters from Frozen and Star Wars

Christmas Bazaar and Festival of Lights

Dec. 9 11 AM – 8 PM at St. Mary's Assumption, 2807 Mountain Rd, Joppa, MD

The Christmas Bazaar and Festival of Lights will have food, vendors, entertainment, and a lot of holiday cheer! 

Bel Air Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration

Sunday, Dec 3rd Downtown Bel Air

Baltimore City Groups
Mondays 6-7 PM 
Women's Group, Teen's Group, and Youth Group
Tuesdays 6-7 PM
Men's Group
Anne Arundel County Groups

Empowering Minds Resource Center is proud to announce there is currently  NO WAIT LIST at the agency. We work hard everyday to ensure referrals are quickly processed and clients are engaged by our staff and partnered therapists immediately. We are ready, willing and able to accept new clients TODAY.  

Empowering Minds Resource Center has no waitlist for our CARE COORDINATION FOR MINORS and our PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION PROGRAM in Harford County

Empowering Minds recognizes Ava Nishita-Hawkinson as the agency's employee of the month. She is an excellent Community Outreach Coordinator. She is a team player and provides our clients with care and an abundance of resources. She goes over and beyond to assist our clients with housing, transportation and other supportive services. She volunteers her time after hours to participate in agency sponsored programs Her hard work and diligence to support our clients is commendable and her ability to work with employees and clients and support them has contributed to the success of Empowering Minds and the services we offer.

Empowering Minds recognizes Angela Barnes as the agency's Direct Service Coordinator of the month. Angela is an outstanding DSC who goes above and beyond for all her clients. She effortlessly makes sure that each client has the support needed and resources to accomplish all goals. She has also remained resilient for herself, the family and other clients through the passing of one of her clients.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication, Angela !


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