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Building Hope in Baltimore Communities

Education, Employment and Environmental Concerns are the main focuses of Arbor Dog Foundation giving. But within and outside of each of these areas are a myriad of causes that are not easily categorized. Making Baltimore better also means supporting social justice and creating a healthier community – physically, mentally and emotionally.

We support organizations that provide mental health counseling, help for those suffering from abuse, drug addiction and crisis intervention. Today we are highlighting just three of the organizations that we support that are building hope in Baltimore.

House of Ruth

House of Ruth Maryland is one of the nation’s leading intimate partner violence centers, helping thousands of battered women and their children find the safety and security that so many of us take for granted.

Intimate partner violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, ability or gender, and can take many forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional, economic, and psychological abuse.

House of Ruth helps in the following ways:

  • Prevention: Tearing away at the walls of secrecy through outreach, education and training.

  • Intervention: We ensure that victims in danger receive services and shelter immediately. We also work with abusers to change their behavior.

  • Advocacy: Changing attitudes and beliefs of intimate partner violence through legislative and social change.

Helping Up Mission

Helping Up Mission provides hope to people experiencing homelessness, poverty or addiction by meeting their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

We help men and women fighting addiction and homelessness get their lives back. Our comprehensive recovery programs address root issues of substance abuse and poverty. As one person is healed, Greater Baltimore is raised up.

Every year, Helping Up Mission provides:

  • 207,750 Nights of shelter (550 nightly)

  • 602,250 Meals (1,650 per day)

  • 300,000+ Items of clothing and personal care

  • 27,000 Counseling sessions

Sheppard Pratt

Sheppard Pratt is the largest private, non-profit provider of mental health, special education, substance use, developmental disability, and social services.

Sheppard Pratt's Psychiatric Urgent Care is specially designed for people who need an immediate psychiatric triage. Recently featured on CBS News, the walk-in clinic opened in 2011 in response to long emergency department wait times in Maryland.

"Throughout the country, what we're seeing is a tremendous rise in need for mental health services, people wanting to access care, but really getting stuck at the point where they don't know how to access care," said Dr. Harsh Trivedi, Sheppard Pratt's president and CEO.

Sheppard Pratt says it's on track to have an estimated 10,000 urgent care patient evaluations this year, compared with 6,000 in 2022.

Care can range from a hospital stay, which accounts for about a third of patients, to a simple referral for a therapist.

Research shows the average delay between experiencing symptoms of mental illness and getting treatment is around eleven years, according to Health Services Research.

"You look at adults with mental illness, about a third of them, never get any treatment at all. When you look at, for example, kids with depression, about 60% of them receive no treatment at all. That's, what's leading to so many more suicides," said Dr. Trivedi.

Shepard Pratt says it's now consulting and trying to help other health groups open similar same-day clinics.

Give to Arbor Dog today. You can be sure that your donation goes to the great organizations that need it.

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