Letter from Executive Director, Gerard Joab

It has been six weeks since St. Ambrose staff began following the stay-at-home directive issued by Governor Hogan. While COVID-19 has brought significant changes to our operations, our commitment to the families we serve has not wavered.
 
As of today, 89% of our staff are able to work remotely, essential personnel have been granted limited opportunities to work in the office, 100% of our full-time team remain on the payroll, all housing construction has continued uninterrupted, residents are adhering to the COVID-19 health guidelines, and although we have had a small number of residents who have reported coming in contact with someone with COVID-19, we have not had anyone test positive.
 
While this is all good news, we are anticipating an array of challenges as we move through this pandemic: families are reporting lay-offs which are creating numerous financial burdens, help is needed to provide computers and internet access for children needing to participate in virtual classrooms, requests for Homesharing assistance is at an all time high and our room availability is at capacity.
 
You can help. As we continue to work with our local, regional and national leaders to bring needed resources to Baltimore, please join us by encouraging your legislators to advocate for additional funding to assist vulnerable populations; consider making a donation to an organization on the front lines; and adhere to the social distancing guidelines. We are all in this together!
Though our staff is working remotely, we remain committed to assisting Marylanders in need of answers and assistance.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

We need you with us: when people turn to St. Ambrose, your generosity ensures that we’re able to provide for them, especially in times of uncertainty and upheaval. Whether it’s helping families protect their homes or being a trusted resource amidst confusion, your support is critical to helping protect homes and strengthen our neighborhoods and communities.
Be On the Lookout For Fraudulent Activity Concerning The CARES Act Economic Impact Payments
 
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) Office of Investigations anticipates criminals will engage in various scams and schemes in attempts to intercept Economic Impact Payments, and/or steal sensitive taxpayer information during these challenging times.
 
If you think you may have been scammed or if you are worried about estate planning, eviction, or foreclosure in the wake of the Coronavirus, contact our Legal Services Department at 410-366-8550 ext. 209. We're working remotely, but will respond to your call within 24 hours.
Housing Counseling Virtual Workshops
 
Register TODAY for St. Ambrose’s Virtual Home-Buying Workshops!
 
St. Ambrose is offering FREE Zoom Homebuyer Education Workshops. The workshop can be viewed directly from your home computer or smart phone. You would need to make sure that your computer is equipped with a web camera to view the workshop.
 
Baltimore City Home-Buying Workshop
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020

Baltimore County Home-Buying Workshop
Date: Saturday, May 23, 2020
        
All workshops are held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. You MUST register to attend the workshops. For online registration, click here . Questions? Please conta ct us at 410-366-8550 at ext. 249 or by email .
First-Time Homebuyer

“My partner and I decided to take the online homebuyer education program offered through St. Ambrose to kick off the search for our house - and I'm so glad we did.

I learned so much through the program and felt prepared to ask the right questions - of our realtor, sellers, mortgage lenders, and even ourselves. We met with our Housing Counselor, Jackie, who immediately put us at ease and got us started with a list of recommended lenders. When we had a question that needed an answer from a neutral third-party, Jackie was our go to.

Now we're the owners of a beautiful, Baltimore home!” - Katie

Be sure to check out St. Ambrose’s blog post on how to navigate purchasing a home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Welcome New Staff

Curtis McNeil, Youth Homesharing Case Manager
 
“I believe in the redemptive quality of human beings and the quote that I try to live by was said by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 'We will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friend’. That is why I chose to come work with St. Ambrose because it provides me the opportunity to not only be a voice in course correction, but to be an avenue for the course which a person may take.”
Laura Bullock, Youth Homesharing Case Manager
 
“I chose to come work at St. Ambrose because I believe in the mission which aligns with my personal commitment: to support individuals in obtaining and maintaining adequate housing to prevent homelessness. I am motivated to give back to my community because I believe individuals can change when they have the support, guidance and resources they need to draw on their own strengths and abilities to move towards a pathway of healing.”
 
Welcome to the St. Ambrose family, Curtis and Laura!
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