Happy 2018! We hope last year ended in joy and that your new year began with joy as well! Empowering Minds ended out the year with some wonderful events, including the Helping Hands Holiday Event and the Helping Hands Toy Drive. Below you'll find pictures from those events, information on winter shelters and resources, Martin Luther King, Jr. events in Baltimore City, and agency news and updates. Happy New Year!
Helping Hands Holiday Event
Our Helping Hands Holiday event was full of glee, cheer, entertainment, and prizes! There were so many activities: from Arts & Crafts to dance performances to bingo games. Every child received a toy, and every family got a bag of cleaning supplies. We are so thankful to the staff that volunteered and the clients who shared joy and laughter with us! View pictures from the event below:
Photos by Brad Quamina
Thank you to our sponsors!
Helping Hands Toy Drive
Empowering Minds' Helping Hands Toy Drive was a great success! Thank you to all who came out and donated. Toys were gifted to youth a week later at our Holiday Helping Hands Event. There was holiday cheer and smiles all around!
Photos by Brad Quamina
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.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

January 19th 12 PM

Baltimore City honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with regional marching bands, color guards, steppers, equestrian units, dance squads, civic organizations, and floats. The parade steps off at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street and continues south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
MLK Day Celebration 2018

January 19th 12-4:30 PM
at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

The Celebration includes the musical concert, “Man of Peace: The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.” featuring choral presentations and spoken texts from Martin Luther King, Jr. set to chamber music written by music composer Benny Russell and performed by Peabody's Tuned In Orchestra. Additional activities include: MLK STEP Salute by the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women Step Team “Combatting Violence in Our City” Community Discussion Part II moderated by Dr. Harold Carter of New Shiloh Baptist Church Freedom Square Quilting Party crafting quilt blocks honoring King and other Freedom fighters. In conjunction with Freedom’s Stitch: Emancipation Quilts Exhibit.
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 Towanda Pendleton-Brown as the agency's Direct Service Coordinator of the month. Towanda is a wonderful DSC who provides unwavering support to her clients and connects them to many helpful resources. Her determination and dedication assist clients in reaching their goals.

Thank you for your hard work, Towanda !


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