Volume X | October 2019
Greetings!
Welcome to Fall!

Work and school are back in session, leaves are changing, and new beginnings are around every corner!

This means cooler weather and daylight savings are on the way and more indoor space heaters and fireplaces/furnaces will be used in the coming winter months.

Below you will find information about how YOU can make sure your home and your loved ones are protected this season.
Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

If you live in Baltimore City, you can request FREE smoke alarms for your home and the Fire Department will install them for you.
Call 311 or click here to learn more!

Smoke Alarms for the deaf or hearing impaired are also available by calling the Office of the Fire Marshal at: (410)-396-5752.

Be sure to check your smoke alarms monthly and replace the battery when you change your clock for daylight savings time.
St. Ambrose Celebrates One Year of HUBS!
 
On October 1, 2019, St. Ambrose reached a milestone: successful completion of one year as a Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors (HUBS) program site. As one of five sites providing HUBS services, we work collaboratively with Banner Neighborhoods, Keswick Multi-Care, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore/Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI), Civic Works, and Central Baltimore Partnership to care for older adults throughout all of Baltimore City.

Throughout the year, the St. Ambrose team completed home repairs and safety modifications for 77 homeowners in the 21202, 21206, 21213 and 21218 zip codes. HUBS doesn't just provide repairs though. Through HUBS, we work with older individuals to access additional services like energy assistance, water bill discounts, and homeowners tax credits that help them stay safe, save money, and stay connected to their community.
With support from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Leonard & Helen R. Stulman Foundation , Maryland DHCD BRNI funds, and St. Ambrose supporters , HUBS staff fixed furnaces, replaced roofs, installed grab bars and railings, restored electricity, and connected clients with other resources to support them in continuing to live and thrive in their homes and communities.

Read Ms. C.'s story below and check out our blog to learn more about how HUBS is changing the lives of seniors across Baltimore.
Stories from St. Ambrose

Ms. C.'s Story

Ms. C. first came to St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center for Homeownership Counseling in the late 1980’s when she was looking to buy her first home. She said, “It was very helpful!”

She also contemplated the Homesharing Program at St. Ambrose but then decided she was going to adopt her then foster children. She has lived in her home now for well over 20 years! “God has always been there for me; especially after finding my home.”

Unexpectedly, severe rain and debris began rushing in from a hole in Ms. C.’s roof which was filling her children’s bedroom with water. She knew she had to do something. That’s when she decided to reach back out to St. Ambrose and the HUBS Program (Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors) for help.

To read Ms. C.'s full story, click here !

Justice for ALL

Ms. W. contacted St. Ambrose on behalf of her elderly mother. Ms. W.’s mother is confined to a nursing home and unable to visit St. Ambrose’s office. Staff Attorney, Tim Darby made several visits to the nursing home to talk with Ms. W.'s mother in person, learning about her life and plans for the future. After getting to know and understand what was important to her, Tim provided a way to ensure that Ms. W.'s mother would be taken care of in the way she wanted. Tim helped Ms. W.'s mother with an advance healthcare directive and power of attorney, ensuring that she will receive appropriate care and support as she ages.

Advance healthcare directives, wills, and powers of attorney are legal documents that allow you to identify and appoint a person to manage your affairs if you become unable to do so. The Legal Services team at St. Ambrose can help you prepare documents like these and much more. If you are in need of legal services and cannot afford a lawyer, we invite you to learn more about the services we offer and to contact us to see how we may help.

Ms. W. says, "You don’t know what a blessing it is to be so poor and need these services and to have an organization like St. Ambrose there to help."
Bank of America

St. Ambrose recently received a grant from Bank of America to support our legacy residents through three program areas: HUBS (Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors), Homesharing, and Legal Services!

*We define legacy residents as: individuals who have purchased or grew up in their home and have lived in their neighborhood for at least a generation; seniors who own their home and are currently living with a relative with the intention to pass down the property; and individuals who have purchased or inherited the property from a senior. By engaging in this legacy-centered framework, St. Ambrose is spearheading an initiative to protect legacy homeowners, particularly those in transition.

Thank you, Bank of America for your continued support and generosity!

Pictured: Gerard Joab, Executive Director of St. Ambrose and Sabina Kelly, Greater Maryland Market President of Bank of America
Supporting St. Ambrose

Each year, we help families buy their first home, move from shelters to permanent housing, obtain quality, affordable rentals, and more. We are strengthening and stabilizing neighborhoods across Baltimore City and beyond.

Join us with a gift to St. Ambrose today!
Welcome to the
St. Ambrose Family!

Shinay Jones, Director of Rental Services
 
“I have been in the Affordable Housing industry for over 25 years, and St. Ambrose embodies the core values that have energized my dedication to the field; helping individuals and families find and maintain a decent, safe, and affordable place to call home." - Shinay


Keith McCadden, Maintenance Technician

"I am so happy to be working at St. Ambrose and to be able to give back to my community."- Keith
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