Here's What's Happening this Spring at Humanim

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Humanim Receives $500,000 in Federal Grants for Workforce Development

Senator Van Hollen announced Humanim as one of four organizations in Baltimore to receive part of $3.3 million in federal grants to support workforce training programs. We’re thrilled to receive these dollars to expand our programs and support more individuals who face social or economic challenges by building pathways to economic equity, opportunity and independence.

Humanim will leverage this generous investment to expand our successful youth and adult workforce programming and social enterprise operations. Additionally we will double down on our investment to grow our Direct Support Professional (DSP) Apprenticeship Program, which partners with government, school systems, and service providers.

Humanim’s President & CEO Cindy Plavier-Truitt along with Bill McIntyre, Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development, spoke about Humanim’s efforts and progress before Sen. Van Hollen and Rep. Kweisi Mfume shared closing remarks. They were joined by leaders of the three other grantee organizations: Bishop Donté Hickman of the Southern Baptist Church, leader of the Mary Harvin Workforce Center; Lisa Davis, Director of Workforce Development at the Greater Baltimore Urban League; Marty Schwartz, the President of Vehicles for Change.

Plavier-Truitt said, “We want to thank Sen. Van Hollen and Congressman Mfume for their guts, their tenacity, and their vision to understand how work is truly transformational. We are eager to partner and we’re ready to get to work.”

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Join us for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Infinity Center for Behavior Services

It’s not too late to RSVP to the Grand Opening celebrations for our newest program, the Infinity Center for Behavior Services! Meet the team, tour the facilities, get some Infinity Center swag, and learn more about our services. We look forward to seeing you there!

6505 Ridenour Way, Eldersburg, MD 21784

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, May 4, 4-6pm

4698 Riverside Parkway Belcamp, MD 21017

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, May 10, 4-6pm

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Autism Acceptance Month at Humanim

“My Child Just Received an Autism Diagnosis, Now What?!” Info Session
Kristen Colyer, Director of Children’s Services at Humanim’s Infinity Center for Behavior Services, led two free informational sessions for parents and caregivers on how to navigate the process of obtaining services for their children, ages 1-6, who were recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Trivia with an Impact: Support Autism Acceptance Event
Hooray for hybrid! Humanim’s “Trivia with an Impact” Night spanned multiple locations with families and friends gathering in Carroll County, Harford County, Baltimore, and virtually to put their trivia knowledge to the test. Event proceeds went to Humanim programs that assist individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including the Infinity Center for Behavior Services.

To our sponsors – thank you for your support!

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Recap: Recent Events with Our Impact Leaders Network

New and innovative ideas were on tap at the Brew & Brainstorm event in March. Maryland young professionals and impact leaders arrived energized and ready for networking and intentional discussion at Humanim’s Baltimore headquarters, the historic American Brewery.

Cindy Plavier-Truitt challenged the group to think differently about how for-profit, government, and non-profit organizations can partner to create a more just and equitable society. Guests learned more about Humanim’s work in the community, and opportunities to get involved in future impact initiatives!

Look out, world, Start on Success (SOS) students are prepped and ready for their post-graduation job searches! Students honed their job interview and public speaking skills through virtual mock interviews with Impact Leaders Network volunteers. Volunteers provided professional feedback and coaching along the way, making the experience comfortable and enjoyable for all.

City Seeds Offering Culinary Arts Classes
Our Baltimore and Howard County Day Programs take turns in the kitchen at City Seeds, Humanim’s culinary social enterprise, for hands-on cooking classes with Executive Chef Aharon Denrich. The popular outings start with a refresh on food safety practices and end with a delicious meal prepared by the students.
Here’s what the clients are saying:

"I like to go to City Seeds and learn skills about cooking and safety hazards." -Elaine

"Everything about City Seeds is wonderful. I especially like following the recipe, cooking, and eating the food that I cook." -Kathryn


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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

For Mental Health Awareness Month, we focus on Humanim's Behavioral Health Services! We serve people struggling with mental illness and substance use disorders, embracing a person-centered recovery culture that empowers individuals to learn from their mistakes and successes and to follow their own life’s plan. Like all of Humanim’s programs and services, our focus is on individualized care and self-empowerment. Learn More...

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Congratulations to the Winter Graduates of our Award-Winning Administrative Assistant Program

We’re pleased to announce our newest graduates in Baltimore and Harford County! We’re grateful for the support of our funders, employer partners, resource partners. Our next cohorts start this Fall. For more information on our FREE program, Click Here...


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Meet Robert

After spending 22 years in the state hospital system, Robert began attending Humanim’s day program in 2021, successfully moving into his first apartment in over two decades!
Robert spent his early years battling mental health and substance use issues, finding himself in and out of hospitals in Maryland and Florida, searching for a course of treatment that worked. He also had several brushes with the legal system. With Robert’s drive to improve, he finally found himself on a positive path to recovery in 2019, assisted by hospital staff.
Moving into his own apartment was like entering a new world. Things had changed dramatically since he entered the hospital – cell phones were rare and looked like walkie-talkies, computers had floppy discs and the internet had a dial-up tone. Humanim staff assisted Robert in accessing a free cell phone and learning how it worked. Staff also helped Robert open his first bank account and access Social Security payments.
At the day program, Robert developed meaningful relationships with staff and peers, which he maintained even throughout the COVID lockdowns. As lockdowns lifted, Robert signed up for every Humanim event that interested him. He particularly loved beach trips, outswimming people half his age. Robert wrote an essay for a scholarship to cover the cost of an Ocean City outing, and won with his description of why he loved the beach so much: “Over the course of the last 23 years, I would close my eyes and return to those days on South Beach. For you see, I have been incarcerated for the past 23 years and could not get to any beach.” 
Robert is grateful for Humanim and all the opportunities he has been able to take advantage of. And we’re grateful to be part of Robert’s story and witness to his recovery.

At Humanim, we embrace a person-centered recovery culture that empowers individuals to learn from their mistakes and successes and follow their own life’s plan. Like all of our programs and services, the focus is on individualized care and self-empowerment.

Help us continue supporting people in all facets of independent living by making a donation today.

And thank you for your continued support.
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