July 2022
Music for the Men
Our Joyful Noise Baltimore is a non-profit organization which has been bringing music to the Baltimore community since 2017, ensuring “a world where all people -- regardless of economic situation, disability, challenge or circumstance -- have easy access to the life affirming splendor of live music.”

Executive Director Maria Lambros works to bring Grammy award-winning musicians on break from their tours to offer the beauty of their music to organizations like ours. Other than The Baltimore Station, Our Joyful Noise Baltimore has hosted concerts at Edenwald Memory Care Unit, Sarah's Hope Family Shelter, Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, and other areas in the community. These concerts continue to bring joy to men and women of all ages.
Since the beginning of 2022, The Baltimore Station has been fortunate enough to host six concerts for our residents through Our Joyful Noise Baltimore. Musical performances have included Maria Lambros, Mafalda Santos and Sahun Hong, Thalea String Quartet, Dat Feel Good, Gabriele Goodman, and most recently Dan and Claudia Zanes. Each performance has brought something completely different to The Station. We have rocked out to our favorite Beatles songs, cried to older classical pieces, hummed along to well-known tunes, and even had a few residents join in with their musical abilities. Our Joyful Noise Baltimore brings a peaceful and uplifting energy to the musicians, staff, and residents at The Station.
We are so grateful to have these amazing performers at The Station and look forward to continuing these concerts for years to come. If you would like to learn more about Our Joyful Noise Baltimore and all they are doing in Baltimore, please check out their website by clicking on their logo to the left!
A Spotlight on Amazon
As our organization grows, we are so fortunate to connect with more and more companies looking to give back in a big way. Amazon is one of those companies. Through different branches and groups within Amazon we have received countless item donations along with new volunteers and financial support. Their first official Amazon OneBaltimore volunteer meal service day was in May and since then they have already served four meals and even sent some representatives to our monthly potluck dinners! The employees that have come to serve here sit with the men after the meal to chat about their experiences as many are veterans themselves.
We have also received donations from Amazon that include items like toiletry products and activity supplies. Last month, they donated three boxes of art supplies that we are now able to offer the men during their weekly art class. Plus, the Amazon Warriors have donated a brand new ping pong table and giant chess pieces that we are so excited to break out for a fun Friday game night. In a time when masks, hand sanitizer, and plastic gloves are hard to come by, Amazon has stepped up and dropped them off directly to The Station.

We are so grateful for all of Amazon’s generosity and look forward to growing our partnership with them and further connecting the men of The Station. If you would like to give back to The Baltimore Station through Amazon, please follow this link to our
Our Old Line Spirits Fundraiser
A huge thank you to veteran-owned business Old Line Spirits for hosting a whiskey tasting and bottling event to benefit The Baltimore Station. Fundraisers like these offer us a great opportunity to connect with community members about our mission and how they can help.

Guests enjoyed a distillery tour and whiskey tasting, then picked their favorite to bottle themselves and take home with their own custom label. Guests also relaxed with cocktails from Old Line Spirits and tacos from Cocina Luchadoras while enjoying live music from Dana and The 408.
Thank you to everyone who attended and Old Line Spirits! If you’re interested in hosting a third-party fundraiser, please contact Rachael Broderick at rbroderick@baltimorestation.org.
Johns Hopkins Speaker Series
Our mission here at The Baltimore Station is to turn lives around. One of our key ways of doing that is through a treatment program that helps the men evaluate the issues they are struggling with in order to find solutions to promote a better future. One of the treatment opportunities we started this year is a partnership with The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. At least twice a month, Hopkins residents lead a lesson and discussion at both of our locations on various health topics. For example, Dr. Edward Corty MDMPH came and spoke to the men about “living the sweet life” in which he explained the realities of living with diabetes and what actions can be taken today to prevent further issues.
Each speaker comes to The Station with a presentation about a different health topic and the eagerness to answer any questions the men have. Topics have included diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, the dangers of smoking, etc. The more speakers we have, the more confident everyone becomes in making healthy lifestyle choices. We are so excited to continue this program into 2023, furthering each man’s opportunity to change for the better.
A New Therapy at The Baltimore Station
This summer we partnered with Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MTR) to introduce a new form of therapy to the men at The Baltimore Station. It's called Equine-assisted psychotherapy, or equestrian therapy, a mental health treatment that involves a person in therapy interacting with horses alongside a licensed mental health professional. The horse's unique sensitivity to humans can help the client understand his own internal processes. Being able to experience his life story unfolding through the horses and the external elements in the environment, the client begins to gain deeper understanding into his inner world, thoughts, and behaviors. Through this process, change occurs naturally.

Weekly, a small group of men go to the MTR farm located in Crownsville, Maryland to work with the horses and mental health professionals in order to process past traumas they have faced and find strategies to overcome any behavior issues they are currently dealing with. Although it is still early in the program, here are some reactions we have heard from the men so far:

“It made me relax…I don’t understand it, but that was really great. Thank you.”

“It was beautiful. The horses, the scenery, the process. Beautiful.”

“It was so much fun, I am really looking forward to going back and learning more.”

To learn more about therapeutic riding, feel free to check out Maryland Therapeutic Riding website.

Keep an eye out on our blogs to get a more in depth look at Equine-assisted psychotherapy and how the program went when it wraps up in late August!
What's Coming Up?
Volunteer Potluck Dinner Night
DATE: Friday, July 29 | 5:30pm
LOCATION: The Baltimore Station
If you are interested in volunteering at this
fun-filled meal service, please email lfrazier@baltimorestation.org for more
information or to sign up!
Drive-In Movie Night Featuring Jumanji
DATE: Thursday, August 18 | 7:00pm
LOCATION: Bengie’s Drive-In Theatre
3417 Eastern Blvd, Middle River
Enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere, drinks, snacks, and the movie Jumanji from the comfort of your car. drivein2022.givesmart.com

Shootout for Soldiers
DATE: Saturday, September 10 - Sunday, September 11 LOCATION: USA Lacrosse HQ, Tierney Field
2 Loveton Circle | Sparks Glencoe, MD 21152
24 hours. One game. One goal. Support our troops.
Stars, Stripes & Chow Chili Cookoff
DATE: Saturday, November 5 | 1:00 - 4:30pm
LOCATION: Camden Yards
Calling All Chefs! Do you and your colleagues have what it takes to make the BEST chili? If so, enter a team in our 7th annual Stars, Stripes & Chow Chili Cookoff, presented by M&T Bank. To learn more, contact Kim Callari at kcallari@baltimorestation.org.
The Baltimore Station Blog
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