Helping Up Mission: Where Grace Meets Action

The Helping Up Mission (HUM) in downtown Baltimore seeks to comprehensively meet the mental health, medical, educational, and vocational needs of people struggling with addiction and homelessness—built on a Gospel foundation that lasting change can come from God’s grace.

Central congregation members have supported the Helping Up Mission for many years by volunteering and donating money and supplies.

Vernon Strawhand and Marty Hansell are two members who weekly tutor men to prepare for the GED tests. Passing the four GED tests is considered the equivalent of a high school diploma, which is very valuable when seeking employment.

Vernon said recently that one of the men asked him why he went downtown to tutor, “I had never been asked that in my many years doing this. My quick response was, ‘I enjoyed doing it.’ I did add that it is more than that, as my oldest son was a heroin addict for 25 years, and I could do nothing about it. So I turned to HUM, where I could help others with addictions instead.”

Volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities, and the residents and staff are appreciative of any time you can give

Andrea Katz is another Central member actively volunteering at the Women’s Center, which opened two years ago. She helps serve meals—residents are provided three meals a day—and looks after babies while their mothers attend classes and Bible studies. “I needed a new challenge after retiring, and I love getting to know the women and seeing how God has them in the palm of his hand as they work to turn around their lives.”

“Volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities, and the residents and staff are appreciative of any time you can give,” Andrea said. She is happy to answer any questions regarding volunteer opportunities. She can be reached at

See for yourself!

Take a tour - Visit a Graduation

Central is organizing opportunities in March to learn more about HUM by touring the men’s and women’s centers. As part of the tours, you can attend graduation ceremonies celebrating significant milestones with individuals overcoming addiction.

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Helping Up Collection

Share the love - Fill the bins

Through March 17, you also can help by donating men’s undershirts, women’s PJs, and travel-size toiletries (body wash, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant) by placing your items in bins in the concourse. On Sunday, March 24, at 11 a.m., you can assist in creating toiletries bags.

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