I want to thank you for your incredible role in changing the lives of GEDCO’s residents and clients throughout the past year. Your unwavering devotion to our organization’s mission and programs, which include Homeless and Supportive Services, Senior Services, Community Services, and Real Estate Development, continues to be a major driving force in GEDCO’s success. Last year, GEDCO provided permanent housing and supportive services to more than 530 of our neighbors in need. From April 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018, GEDCO’s Community Services division accomplished the following:
- Responded to 3,357 requests for food assistance, helping 2,439 individuals
- Prevented utility turnoffs or restored power for 523 households
- Prevented 97 evictions
- Provided prescription medication assistance to 95 households
- Prepared resumes for 166 job-seeking clients, thus helping 143 individuals procure employment
GEDCO was able to generate these impressive results largely due to the unrestricted financial donations from individuals like YOU. Contributions such as these enable GEDCO to bridge budget gaps and continue to offer a wide array of comprehensive services within our various programs, thus helping clients like “Rhonda” and “Mark”. Below are their stories:
Rhonda has been a CARES client several times throughout the past several years. She has received utility assistance, food assistance, help securing employment through our CARES Career Connection job search program and has been referred to another program for assistance to pay her water bill. Regina’s situation has vastly improved as a result of her affiliation with CARES. She is now a student at Baltimore City Community College and is majoring in Human Services.
Ten years ago, Mark became homeless due to drug addiction and mental health issues. He also lost all contact with his family and close friends. Mark came to Micah House nine and a half years ago. Throughout his time in the program, he overcame his addiction and learned to effectively manage his mental health condition. He worked closely with staff to reach numerous milestones on his individualized goal and action plan. In late 2017, Mark moved into a one-bedroom, market-rate apartment. He has reestablished communication with family and friends and is extremely pleased with his continuing progress.
Despite such tremendous success in drastically improving the lives of thousands of individuals, GEDCO’s journey, much like Rhonda’s and Mark’s is far from over.
Today, we are asking you to make an unrestricted financial contribution to GEDCO so that we may expand upon our mission and continue to drastically improve the lives of Baltimore’s men, women, and families in need of guidance as they begin and/or continue their journey of personal growth on the road to self-sufficiency.