December 2018
This month's newsletter includes photos from our Toy Drive, information about beating the holiday blues, warming center locations in Baltimore City, exciting agency updates and more!
We had a great turn out and a fabulous time last night at our annual Helping Hands Holiday Toy Drive and happy Hour ! Thanks to the generosity of our guests, we are humbled to provide a warm meal, gifts and household supplies to our clients at our upcoming holiday events.
Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert Information
The Health Commissioner declares a Code Blue Extreme Cold Alert during periods of extremely cold weather. Code Blue Extreme Cold is a multi-agency effort to reduce hypothermia deaths during the winter months by protecting our City's homeless, seniors and other vulnerable populations.

A Code Blue Extreme Cold declaration triggers several responses aimed at providing shelter and services for homeless individuals.
  • Private homeless shelters will be encouraged to extend their hours and keep individuals indoors.
  • Homeless Services Outreach Workers provide cold weather education, encourage homeless individuals to take shelter, and connect them to services as needed.
  • On nights when Code Blue Extreme Cold has been declared, the Salvation Army FEEDMORE canteen provides hot drinks and other items to homeless individuals.
A list of  City Homeless Shelters and Services  is available through the Mayor's Office of Human Services. 
EMRC Volunteers
To kick off this holiday season our Baltimore City staff volunteered for dinner service at the W einberg Housing and Resource Center (WHRC). The WHRC is a low barrier emergency shelter that provides homeless services to over 275 adult men and women each night in the City of Baltimore. Their services include shelter, convalescent care, breakfast and dinner, showers, laundry, case management and a variety of life skills and empowerment classes – with a focused goal of assisting residents in obtaining permanent housing. If you are interested in volunteering, please apply through the link below:
Empowering Minds is proud to partner with ShareBaby

Our partnership includes monthly diaper distributions for EMRC clients with children between the ages of 0 - 5 years old.  In addition, EMRC is currently accepting "ShareBaby Coat Requests" for children ages 0 - 5 years old and requests for Boy or Girl newborn bundles.

Newborn bundles include:
1 pack of size 1 diapers
1 pack of size 2 diapers
1 0-3 month onesie
1 0-3 month outfit (top & bottom)
1 3-6 month onesie
1 3-6 month outfit (top & bottom)
1 6-12 month onesie,
1 6-12 month outfit (top & bottom)

 If you are in need of diapers, a coat or newborn bundle for a child between 0 - 5 years old, please contact your  Direct Service Coordinator  to submit your request and provide the sex of the baby and size needed between 0 - 24 months or 2t - 5t. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Tyminski at the Baltimore City office.
Harford County Group
Baltimore City Groups
Mondays 6-7 PM 
Women's Group, Teen's Group, and Youth Group
Tuesdays 6-7 PM
Men's Group
Thursdays 12-1 PM
Families Impacted by Substance Abuse
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 India Bell as the agency's Direct Service Coordinator of the Month for December

India is a wonderful Direct Service Coordinator who provides unwavering support to her clients. Her determination and dedication assist clients in reaching their goals.  She ensures that each client has the necessary supports, and is always looking for new ways to help.

Thanks India!

Welcome to the Team
Ronald Satterfield
IOP Program Director
"Having grown up within the communities which have been ravaged by substance use, as well as having family members succumb to the disease of addiction, it allowed me a window into the depth of the issue and a path towards solutions. I have been working in substance abuse for the past 7 years, and it is the most rewarding work I have ever done. I cannot stress how much I sincerely love the work I do.

 I accepted the job at Empowering Minds because it afforded me an opportunity to explore substance use disorder from a different angle, citing the wrap around services which the were already being provided by the organization. Very few facilities offer a total approach to wellness such as Empowering Minds. I am proud of the progress we have made thus far and relish in the possibilities the future holds for our organization. I am striving to make Empowering Minds the gold standard for substance use disorder treatment within the community of Baltimore City and beyond. I want to assist as many individuals as I possibly can to resurrect their lives and become productive members of society."

Empowering Minds is looking to add some new members to our wonderful team. Check out the link below for more information!