Volume 49 | November 3, 2020
It's finally Election Day!

If you haven't voted yet, please do. You still have time to get to the polls before they close this evening.

"Thank you" to those who have already voted. If you voted by mail or participated in early voting in your state, please help someone else get to the polls.

Go vote!
Meet Our Newest Board Member!

At the October meeting of the AIRS | EHM Board of Directors Dana Hammonds Shuler was unanimously elected to our governing board. Dana has over three decades of experience developing, implementing and managing programs and is currently the Senior Director of Player Affairs and Development at the NFL Players Association.

Please join us in welcoming Dana to the AIRS | EHM | City Steps family!
Client Corner

The AIRS | EHM | City Steps Client Corner is the space we dedicate in this newsletter to highlight clients succeeding in our programming. We ask the same three questions each month to profile their journey with us. This month, we profile Kenyatta in our Adult Permanent Housing program.

1. What brought you to AIRS?

I first learned of AIRS when I was in the 11th grade. I was put out of my home at age 18 and didn’t have anywhere to go. I stayed with various friends and family until one day my school counselor told me about AIRS. I initially moved into Restoration Gardens but transitioned to the Adult Housing Program and I've been here ever since. 

2. How has AIRS affected your life?

Entering into Restoration Gardens allowed me to have stable housing and remove herself from an unhealthy relationship. I didn’t have to worry about somebody questioning my every move anymore. Over the years I've received a lot support from my case managers, which and I've very grateful for it. I've had had my ups and downs throughout the years, but overall it has been a good experience.

3. What does the future hold for you?

I have a nine month old son and right now my priority is being a good mom.  Eventually, I want to go back to school for nursing.
Staff Updates & Announcements

We're still working through the COVID-19 pandemic. While our office remains closed to the public we are still brining on great people to help support the work we do.

Annetta Thompson (pictured left) joined the AIRS team as our Workforce Development Program Manager. Annetta joins us from the Mayors Office of Employment Development and brings significant experience in the field. In this role Annetta will manage our G.E.A.R. program and provide assistance to our clients across the agency who are looking for employment or vocational training.

We also want to recognize Gina Epps who was promoted to Assistant Director of Permanent Housing. Gina has proven to be a "go to" resource for the management team performing a number of administrative duties outside of her Program Manage role. She'll continue to manage our Baltimore County programming but with this promotion is officially recognized, and now responsible for, her other contributions to the entire agency.

Please join us in welcoming Annetta to the team and congratulating Gina on her promotion!
Restoration Gardens 2 Wins Again!

On October 23rd Restoration Gardens 2 was recognized by the American Institute of Architects - Baltimore chapter at their Excellence in Design Awards!

Selected by the Social Equity Design Awards jury, RG2 architect Quinn Evans was recognized for their design and collaboration with Empire Homes of Maryland and our development partner French Development to produce a community focused building designed around the needs of our clients. Jump to the 20 minute mark of the virtual 2020 Excellence in Design Awards to see the presentation of the award by Baltimore City Councilman Leon F. Pinkett, III.

Congratulations to Quinn Evans and to RG2!
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AIRS provides supportive housing, emphasizing self-sufficiency, for low-income and homeless individuals and families living with and at risk of HIV/AIDS.
EHM is a non-profit Community Housing Development Organization whose mission is to develop, manage and maintain affordable residential properties for low-income people and those with disabilities.
CITY STEPS is a consortium of residential programs that provides housing for homeless and unstably housed youth ages 18-24 and services that include case management, life skills and clinical workforce development assistance.