November 2022

In November we highlight the following:


Adoption Awareness Month 

National Career Development Month 


International Stress Awareness Week (Nov. 2-5)

Anti-Bullying Awareness Week (Nov. 14-18)

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 12-20)

National Career Development Week (Nov. TBA)


International Stress Awareness Day (Nov. 2)

World Kindness Day (Nov. 13)

International Day for Tolerance (Nov. 16 )

National Career Development Day (Nov. TBA)

National Parental Involvement Day (Nov. 17)

World Adoption Day (Nov. 9)

International Survivors of Suicide Day (Nov. 19)

National Adoption Day (Nov. 19)

Transgender Day Of Remembrance (Nov. 20)

National Family Health History Day (Nov. 24)

Giving Tuesday (Nov. 329

This month's newsletter includes useful information about local events and resources as well as exciting agency updates.

Tips and Knowledge


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

Licensed Mental Health Therapist- Full time

Empowering Minds Resource Center is seeking a licensed clinician to provide therapeutic services to children and families in the Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Harford County areas. This individual will be responsible for providing clinical assessment/diagnostic and follow-up individual and group therapy. He/she will develop and monitor treatment plans and client progress, document significant interactions, and maintain clinical charts and other reporting data. The candidate should have the ability to work with a diverse client population in a variety of treatment approaches.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Must possess active master level license (LMSW, LGPC, LCSW, LCSW-C, LCPC) in Maryland; and 1 year of comparable experience. Polished communication skills.

***$5000 sign on bonus w/2 year employment commitment***

Licensed Mental Health Therapist

Licensed Mental Health Therapist - Part Time

Baltimore, Glen Burnie and Edgewood locations (Telehealth is available)

Empowering Minds Resource Center is seeking a licensed clinician to provide therapeutic services to children and families in the Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Harford County areas. This individual will be responsible for providing clinical assessment/diagnostic and follow-up individual and group therapy. He/she will develop and monitor treatment plans and client progress, document significant interactions, and maintain clinical charts and other reporting data. The candidate should have the ability to work with a diverse client population in a variety of treatment approaches.

Minimum Qualifications: Must possess active master level license (LMSW, LGPC, LCSW, LCSW-C, LCPC) in Maryland; and 1 year of comparable experience. Polished communication skills.

Case Manager - Baltimore, Harford and Prince Georges locations

 Job Summary:

· Provide targeted mental health case management for youth with serious emotional disturbances and co-occurring disorders

· Meet with enrolled and potential clients and their families to create a Plan of Care

· Conduct comprehensive assessments and other assessments as required by DHMH

· Coordinate and facilitate Family Team Meetings

· Provide management of the POCs

· Collect information during the application process and as identified in each POC

· Identify providers, supports, and resources for clients

· Coordinate meetings with client and family to (a) meet with providers to ensure goodness of fit for proposed services and products in compliance with the POC (b) meet with family peer-to- peer support, intensive in-home service, mobile crisis response service, and other providers appropriate to the POC

· Maintain client clinical documentation using EHR

· Provide on-call services as scheduled

· Promptly respond to client crises

· Provide case management for client open-access as scheduled.

· Facilitate groups

The Direct Service Coordinator (DSC) assists clients with mental illness in reaching a higher level of independence and integration within their community. The DSC is an advocate who support clients in accessing and coordinating benefits, services and community-based resources.

  • Monitor each client during in-person visits of 30-45 minutes for a minimum of three visits (for children & adolescents) and six visits (for adults) per month and document any changes in the client's emotional, psychological, or physical health
  • Document monthly all client contact, interaction, interventions and goal achievement, including dates, locations, and types of contact 
  • Work cooperatively with family and other involved professionals to coordinate services with other agencies and programs in the best interest of the client
  • Research and provide the client with community-based resources as needed to meet the client's needs and encourage progress toward personal goals
  • Facilitate client participation in weekly EMRC group meetings to encourage peer socialization and development of coping strategies/techniques
And a host of other positions
Visit our website for employment opportunities Employment
Learn about EMRC New Programs & Services:
Outpatient Mental Health Center (OMHC) and Care Coordination for Children, Youth, and Adults
Currently Accepting Referrals!!!!

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

November is a mix of things to celebrate.

                                        National Adoption Awareness Month

Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care.

The first major effort to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in the foster care system came in 1976, when Massachusetts governor Mike Dukakis initiated Adoption Week, an idea that grew in popularity and spread throughout the nation.

President Gerald Ford later made the first National Adoption Week proclamation, and in 1990, the week was expanded to a month due to the number of states participating and the number of events celebrating and promoting adoption.

During the month, states, communities, public and private organizations, businesses, families, and individuals celebrate adoption as a positive way to build families. Activities and observances across the nation, such as recognition dinners, public awareness and recruitment campaigns, and special events shed light on children who are in need of permanent families.

The month also includes National Adoption Day, traditionally a Saturday, which is observed in courthouses across the nation, where thousands of adoptions are finalized simultaneously.

We encourage you to embrace National Adoption Awareness Month and serve as champions of adoption every day!

International Stress Awareness Week (Nov 2-5)

Coined in 2018, International Stress Awareness Week expanded upon Stress Awareness Day, which started in 1998, to draw further attention to the issue.

Founded from one of the most important international days, the event works in unison with the Mental Health Awareness campaign to impact business leaders, Governments, and the public alike.

The purpose of Stress Awareness Week is to highlight the physical and mental impact of stress, as well as what we must all do to safeguard our wellbeing.


International Stress Awareness Week runs from the 7th to the 11th of November.

As Covid-19 has caused an increase in mental health issues, particularly loneliness and grief, this International Stress Awareness Week will focus on emotional management. It will also discuss the lack of investment in mental health services, as highlighted by the pandemic's devastating impact.


With 74% of people reportedly unable to cope with the levels of stress in their lives, stress management is more important now than ever. The psychological effects of stress result in 61% feeling anxious, and a worrying 32% with suicidal thoughts.


Pressure to Succeed – 60% Young Adults

Self-Image – 49% of Young Adults

Health – 36% of Adults

Body Image – 36% of Women & 23% of Men

Housing – 32% of Young Adults

Work – 26% of Adults

Debt – 22% of Adults

With such staggering statistics in mind, International Stress Awareness Week is a vital event for us all to recognize, particularly in the workplace where burnout is common.

As the humble office is the cause of so much stress, which includes the financial and emotional pressures of work, corporate speakers are in high demand for their transformative power.

Stress management speakers are regularly booked to arm employees with a toolbox of wellbeing strategies, ideal for reducing their stress levels at work.

International Survivors of Suicide Day (Nov 19)

Nov. 23 is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, a day designated by Congress as a day for those affected by suicide to come together for healing and support. It falls on the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year.

More than 47,000 people in the U.S. died by suicide in 2017, and the suicide rate in the U.S. has increased every year for the past decade. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults (age 10 to 34) and the fourth leading cause among adults 35 to 54. Suicide occurs among people of all ages and demographic groups.

Each loss leaves family and friends grieving and struggling to understand and cope. Yet because of the stigma around suicide and mental illness, and complicated emotions around suicide, people often don’t reach out for support or get needed help to cope with the tragic loss.

Several recent studies point to the importance of talk and support for the well-being of survivors. One study of survivors of suicide loss found that feelings of belongingness, talking about the loss, and social support play critical roles in helping recovery and growth after the loss. A 2019 study of suicide loss found that more social support was significantly associated with fewer depressive symptoms, decreased grief difficulties and increased personal growth.

Another study found that family and friends often do not talk about their tragedy with others and that the lack of sharing contributes to loneliness, detachment, more difficulty coping and a greater likelihood of sleep problems and depression. The authors conclude that when suicide survivors talk and share with others, the greater sense of support can help facilitate their recovery and protect them against persistent grief and harmful effects of bereavement.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers several ways for survivors of suicide to connect with others and find support during their grieving. These include individual support through healing conversations, connection to local support groups, information on self-care, and ways to honor loved ones.

AFSP also supports hundreds of Survivor Day events each year in which suicide loss survivors come together to find comfort, understanding and hope. In 2018, there were 370 Suicide Survivor Day events.

“For many, Survivor Day presents an opportunity to find the strength, within ourselves and alongside fellow suicide loss survivors. We attend programs on this day to help us gain new understanding about suicide, mental health, and grief,” Doreen Marshall, Ph.D, the vice president of programs for AFSP said in a statement.

Find a Survivor Day event near you.

Community Resources:

Visit FoundinFaithMD.org/get-help/apply/

to apply to the Fresh Start Furniture Program TODAY!

If you do not have computer access, please call 443-519-2464 ext. 2


If you need immediate help finding shelter or a place to eat, call 211.


Baltimore- Our Daily Bread Employment Center

725 Fallsway, Baltimore City


PG CO- Bethel House 301-372-1700 & Salvation Army of Prince George’s County Food Pantry 301-277-6103

AA CO- Anne Arundel County Food Access WARM Line 410- 222- 3663 &

Anne Arundel County Food Bank

120 Marbury Drive Crownsville, MD 21032

Harford CO- Breathe 379, 2124 Nuttal Ave. Edgewood. Groceries, prepared food, clothes.

& EPICENTER, EPICENTER at Edgewood, 1918 Pulaski Hwy, Edgewood. 443.981.3742.

Mental Health Assistance

National Alliance for Mental Illness

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  

Call 24/7: 1-800-273-8255

Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc.

Call 24/7: 410-433-5175 if you or someone you know needs help with a mental health crisis

Legal Services

Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP)

201 N. Charles St., Suite 1104, Baltimore City

410-685-6589 / 800-773-4340

Provides free legal aid to those experiencing or at risk of homelessness

Maryland Legal Aid

500 E. Lexington St., Baltimore City


Provides a full range of free civil legal services to financially eligible individuals, with a focus on legal issues concerning elder rights, employment, family, public benefits, health care and housing

Reentry Services

Assists prisoners, ex-prisoners and others in need become independent, responsible citizens through civil legal assistance and re-entry services

Baltimore- Alternative Directions

2505 N. Charles St., Baltimore City


PG CO- People Ready 5814 Baltimore Ave.

Hyattsville, Maryland 20781 (301)277-2172

AA CO- AmeriCorps (800) 942-2677


Beans and Bread

402 South Bond St., Baltimore City


ID cards and birth certificates available on the first business day of the month to the first 5 to 10 people who arrive

Manna House

435 East 25th St., Baltimore


Provides assistance with birth certificate and ID cards applications

Employment Assistance


Downtown One Stop Career Center

1100 North Eutaw St., Room 101, Baltimore City


Eastside One-Stop Career Center

3001 East Madison St., Baltimore City


Provides assistance with job search strategies, employment referrals and placement and other workforce services; offers access to copiers, faxes and phones

Northwest American Job Center (Re-entry Center)

Mondawmin Mall, Suite 302

2401 Liberty Heights Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21215

Telephone: 410-396-7873


Manna House

435 E. 25th St., Baltimore City


Franciscan Center

101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore City



2828 Loch Raven Rd., Baltimore City


Provides clothing, communication, laundry, food, recreation and showers

** For any other region specific info email socialmedia@emrcgroup.org **

Empowering Minds has partnered with the Salvation Army, location to provide hot meals in Baltimore City to the homeless. We recognize a need to provide support services and meet the needs of our struggling community. As the weather changes we are asking for donations to purchase socks and blankets. We appreciate all donation. https://www.emrcgroup.org/make-a-donation/


EMRC In-person Groups

Call your local EMRC office for more info!

(EMRC Clients ONLY, Accepting Referrals)

Be Safe is an app that enables people at risk of overdose to anonymously connect with remote support. This could be a useful tool to help people who use drugs reduce the risk of overdose when they are using alone.
The organization, Brave, that developed the app are based in Vancouver. However, supports are available in the United States. To join the Maryland Public Community in the app, use the join code “Maryland”. 

The employee of the month is Dorothea Townes. In her first few months with EMRC, Dorothea continues to demonstrate her dedication to service. She began offsite community visits willingly before the company's October transition, and her clients report frequently about her compassion and support. One client, who has been hospitalized for nearly the entire time she has been in service, reports "Ms. Dorothea is a gem. She has stood by me and even visited me [at the hospital] even though she knew she wouldn't get credit for it. No one has ever done that for me before". Thank you for your service, Dorothea!

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