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Humanim's Dinner at the American Brewery

In October, we hosted our premiere dinner event of the year, Dinner at the American Brewery - where guests enjoyed a four-course gourmet dinner with wine pairings in the historic beauty of the American Brewery Building, catered by City Seeds, a Humanim Social Enterprise.  The evening’s special guest presenters - former Admin Assistant career training graduate (Shakiara Seals), and East Baltimore community advocate (Janice Jacobs-Hudson) - received standing ovations for their inspiring stories. Thank you to all of our guests & presenters for making the sold-out evening a huge success! More than $55,000 was raised to support the growth and development of Maryland's purpose-driven economy, through Humanim’s workforce development and social enterprise initiatives. Read more + view photos of the event at our blog!

A special thanks to our amazing sponsors:

Ellin & TuckerSaul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLPHillmuth Auto CareRevere Bank, Johns Hopkins MedicineCBIZCentric Business SystemsBrown Advisory, Mahogany, Inc.Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLPT. Rowe PriceThe Whiting-Turner Contracting CompanyLifeBridge Health, MDG Virtual AccountingMutual of AmericaQuinn Evans ArchitectsStandard Energy Solutions, Mr. Greg Blair & Family, Sysco Baltimore, & Breakthru Beverage Maryland.

Honoring Representative Elijah Cummings

We express our sadness and loss with the passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings. He was an iconic man of substance who walked with the working class, and always honored his family’s humble past. This past summer, he hosted a forum at Humanim with Baltimore City representatives, focused on how to prevent, treat and heal childhood trauma in Baltimore City (pictured above) - just one example of his longstanding commitment to our future generations, as well as his lasting legacy. We will remember him as a fierce fighter of freedom and a man of principled compassion.

Humanim Wins Healthiest Employer Award

Humanim was honored with Baltimore Business Journal's Healthiest Employer Award in August, recognizing companies committed to their employees' health & wellness in the workplace. Congratulations to the other 8 companies recognized this year, including our partner CBIZ, who took first place in the Large Company category! Read more at our blog.

Congratulations to Humanim's I-25 Club & Employee of the Year!

A big congratulations to Humanim’s 2019 "i25 Club," and our Employee of the Year Wini Alexander (pictured bottom row, 3rd from left) -  who were honored this October at our annual i25 celebration & ceremony. Humanim’s i25 Employee Recognition Program honors the outstanding performance and dedication of 25 Humanim staff each year, who help forward Humanim’s mission to support and empower individuals who face social or economic challenges by building pathways to economic equity, opportunity, and independence.

Comcast Newsmakers Highlights Workforce Development at Humanim

Humanim’s Vice President of Workforce Development, Kanika Feaster-Gordon, was recently featured on Comcast Newsmakers! She shared about our mission to support and empower individuals who face social or economic challenges, the importance of local hiring, and the different types of career training offered by Humanim. Watch the news segment & join the conversation here.

55+ Administrative Assistant Career Training Graduation

Congratulations to our 55+ Administrative Assistant Career Training graduates, who graduated this September after 9 weeks of hard work, training and certification. Humanim's 55+ Administrative Career Training program is specially designed for individuals age 55 or above, providing training in advanced computer skills, professional administrative skills, Microsoft Office certification, and job placement assistance. Learn more about Humanim's free career training programs at our website.

Baltimore Homecoming 2019

We were honored to be a part of Baltimore Homecoming this past month - an annual gathering of Baltimore’s most accomplished natives and alumni from around the U.S. and the world.  Participants in the “Revitalizing East Baltimore” tour were able to learn about Humanim’s social enterprise work in Baltimore, including a visit to Details Deconstruction sites, our Baltimore office at the American Brewery Building, and a visit to the Brick + Board warehouse. Visitors learned first-hand the process behind reclaiming wood taken from Baltimore rowhomes to be processed and resold for new design and construction projects – as well as how our social enterprises create skilled, living wage jobs for individuals with barriers to employment. The tour culminated with games of Stump and a sushi making lesson by our culinary social enterprise, City Seeds. Humanim is proud to be a part of Baltimore, and share some of the work that our city is doing to create innovative forms of economic development and #humanimpact. Thank you to our visitors and to Baltimore Homecoming for including us in this amazing event!

WATCH: Reclaimed - The Urban Wood Project

Watch Forest Proud's new video documenting the Baltimore Deconstruction and Urban Wood Project, Humanim's partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and national furniture retailer Room & Board.

"See how a simple quest to reclaim urban wood transformed into an opportunity to reduce waste, create jobs in underserved communities, and restore landscapes by replacing vacant lots with community parks and greenspaces that benefit everyone - reimagining our cities for a better future. #forestproud"

Annual State of the Agency Address

Humanim recently held its annual State of the Agency with our President & CEO, Henry Posko. The event, which was broadcast to all of our office locations throughout Maryland and parts of Delaware, addressed financials, employee engagement, and Humanim's year-long strategic planning initiative which will culiminate in December with a comprehensive strategic plan to support Humanim's continued growth and sustainability over the next 5 years. The address ended with a Q&A session with staff and the announcement of our Employee of the Year.

For Donors: CITC Tax Credit Program

Attention Humanim Supporters and Donors: Humanim was awarded $50,000 in the Community Investment Tax Credit Program (CITC) from the State of Maryland for 2019-2020 to support Humanim Social Enterprise! This means, as a donor, you are eligible to receive up to 50% of your donation back through a Maryland state tax credit. This benefit is in addition to the Federal and State charitable tax deductions. Learn More...


October Was National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Last month we recognized NDEAM by sharing the many, varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities through the inspiring stories of our clients. Read their stories at our blog! #NDEAM

Next Week: National Apprenticeship Week

Did you know? Humanim has partnered with the Maryland Department of Labor to offer Maryland's only Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship Program! As a registered MD Apprenticeship Training Program, each apprentice at Humanim receives paid, on-the-job training within a variety of community based settings, while earning professional certification through the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals.  Learn More & Apply

Community Outing: Maryland State Fair

On a recent visit to the Maryland State Fairgrounds, individuals in our Psychiatric Rehabilitation program won carnival game prizes, visited the “Cow Palace,” snacked on some classic state fair cuisine, and of course – challenged each other in bumper cars! See more photos of the fun at our blog.

SOS-Delaware Visits City Seeds

Humanim’s Start on Success (SOS) Program - Delaware, recently went on a field trip to the City Seeds kitchen in Baltimore!  Students were able to tour the kitchen, enjoy lunch together, and hear from the team about careers in culinary and hospitality services.  Read More...

Direct Support Professional Recognition Week 2019

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are our front line staff working directly with adults diagnosed with a Developmental Disability or mental illness. One of the most important positions in Human Services, a DSP supports individuals with increasing quality of life, and ensuring growth and independence. Their commitment makes Humanim’s vital programs & services possible. This year we recognized DSP Week with a week of activities for our DSP staff, and by highlighting some of our DSP rockstars. Meet them at our blog!

Celebrate Thanksgiving with City Seeds, a Humanim Social Enterprise!

Our 2019 Thanksgiving Menu features 3 amazing takes on our favorite feast of the year, as well as a la carte entrees, sides and desserts! Plus, your order gives back - by supporting job training and creation for Baltimore residents with barriers to employment.  View the Menu


Support Humanim Through Your Workplace Giving Campaign

Each year, billions of dollars are donated to charities across the US through workplace giving campaigns. Workplace Giving is an easy, tax free way to support Humanim's programs & services. Learn More...

NEW Career Training Program:
Grocery Retail

We are currently recruiting for our new FREE Grocery Retail Career Training program, in partnership with Salvation Army's DMG Foods! Participants receive specialized training, professional certification, and job placement assistance. Our next program begins January 13, 2020.  Learn More...

Host Your Holiday Event at Humanim

Looking for a beautiful space to host your holiday events? Restored by Humanim in 2009, the American Brewery Building is an award-winning historical rehabilitation with views of the skyline, indoor/outdoor space and in-house catering through Humanim social enterprise City Seeds.  Learn More...

Humanim is Hiring!

Ready to start your new career? We’re always looking for driven employees with human purpose to join our diverse team. At Humanim we value our employees, from professional development opportunities to an excellent benefits package. We are an equal opportunity employer.  Visit our Careers Page to learn more!


Meet Lindsay

“My experience with Humanim has definitely helped me to come out of my shell and to become more independent. Humanim's Work-Based Learning Experience and STEP programs helped me reach my goals by being involved in teamwork activities and helping me improve my communication skills and advocate for myself."

A 2019 graduate of the Homewood Center School, Lindsay was introduced to Humanim’s Work Experience – Student to Employment Program (WE STEP) in October of 2017, which provides work based learning experiences, mentoring, and job support services to high school aged students and young adults with disabilities. At the time, Lindsay’s transition counselor encouraged her to join the program to further explore her career interest in working with children.

Lindsay began her internship in the Stay and Play area of the YMCA but through the program was able to explore other departments, including mastering new skills as a Front Desk Attendant. She showed so much growth over her junior school year, that she was offered a part-time position working directly with kids at Veterans Elementary School for her senior year.

Lindsay’s exemplar work in the program led her to become the student representative to accept Howard County Public Schools’ partnership award with the YMCA of Ellicott City, and upon graduation she was offered employment with Abrakadoodle as an After School Staff for the upcoming school year. She plans to attend Howard Community College, and will continue to receive job support services with Humanim through the next three years of her employment.

Lindsay’s story illustrates the success of youth transition programming that incorporates a synergy of vocational training, supports, and community partnership. At Humanim, we recognize that every human being has potential and the right to economic opportunity, despite what social barriers they may face. We structure our programming to alleviate these barriers while providing concrete avenues to financial independence and integration in the community.

Help us continue to build pathways to economic opportunity, equity and independence for our community members by making a donation today.
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