GEDCO CARES provides support to the Baltimore community and can provide as much assistance as funds provided because people are always in need. CARES relied on more than 100 volunteers in 2019 to help secure food as well as distribute food and serve as in-takers for other services. The following is the support GEDCO Community Services provided in 2019:
- GEDCO CARES responded to 3,591 requests for food.
- 2,101 (unduplicated) people and 1,163 households were provided food packages and farmers market coupons.
- 193 households received eviction prevention assistance and thus avoided the cold streets of Baltimore.
- We assisted 186 households with their utility bills so that they could have heat during the winter.
- 87 Older Adults received prescription assistance and did not have to choose between purchasing their medication or eating.
- CARES impacts children too. 803 kids received food, 114 children were impacted by the eviction prevention assistance given to families and 127 children benefited from the fuel fund.
- CARES Career Connection assisted 213 people with job placement services and helped 159 people obtain jobs.
GEDCO Homeless Services (Micah House and Harford House) provides housing and supportive services to people who were formerly homeless and who have been referred to us by the City of Baltimore. We were able to achieve the following in 2019:
- GEDCO’s housing program successfully provided residents with individualized goal oriented services that focused on increasing their self determination and maintaining housing stability.
- 96% of residents remained stably housed.
- Ten residents connected to Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs
- A resident completed his degree in Addictions Counseling and was able to move to market rate housing
- One resident completed job training and obtained employment at University of Hospital with full benefits; and another resident obtained a full-time employment with State of Maryland as a youth advocate. We also had a resident obtain employment as a tow truck driver and was able to transition to market rate housing.
- Six residents were able to transition to GEDCO’s Senior Housing Programs.
- Launched a Mental Health Program. As a result, completed 18 Mental Health Plans and Wellness Recovery Action plans for residents.
- 85% of residents took part in budgeting classes and workshops. Three of the Homeless Services residents have been able to save up enough money to purchase and car and be able to afford the upkeep and insurance.
- GEDCO hired an on-site Addictions Counselor, who not only provides substance abuse counseling but also started offering support groups.
- GEDCO offered onsite mental health counseling. With the increased focus on mental health and substance abuse programming, there has been an 83% increase in participation in mental health services.
- Overdose prevention specialist from Good Samaritan started working with residents.
- Offered alternative treatment modality-residents participated in contemplative meditation and conflict resolution run by Shambhala and Rational Recovery.
- Hired an on-site Yoga/meditation/life skills coach.
GEDCO Senior Services provides affordable housing and opportunities for exercise and social engagement for older adults. We provide housing at Stadium Place and two communities in Govans, Gallagher Mansion and Epiphany House. GEDCO also manages Senior Network of North Baltimore. Our services include providing nutritional meals, exercise programs, mental health services and other activities to ensure Older Adults live safe, comfortable and meaningful lives. Some of the 2019 activities we provided included:
- Linked more than 200 residents with public benefit programs such as energy assistance, SNAP and other supportive services.
- Distributed 340 books of Farmers Market coupons to older adults in the Govans Community worth $30 each.
- Provided educational and exercise programs to approximately 1,000 people at Senior Network of North Baltimore, including legal services (wills and advanced directives); line dancing, Zumba, Senior Fitness classes, bridge, bible study and Spanish classes.
- Senior Network of North Baltimore provided referrals to over 3,000 older adults.
- Provided referrals to more than 25 older adults to Housing Upgrade to Benefit Seniors (HUB), which helps participants to obtain safety improvements for their homes so they don’t have to move.
- Distributed fresh produce provided by Maryland Food Bank Pantry on the Go program to more than 300 residents on a monthly basis.
- Free eye screening and glasses provided by Johns Hopkins/ Wilmer Eye Institute to 32 people.
- Senior Network of North Baltimore provided recreational and educational trips.
- Assisted Stadium Place residents in organizing activities such as a book club, coloring club, chess club and gardening club.
- More than 200 older adults participated in various daily and overnight trips.
- Partnered with Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Morgan State University School of Social Work and Notre Dame University School of Pharmacy to provide intergenerational mentoring opportunities.
- Provided various educational workshops, such as managing high blood pressure and diabetes at our Epiphany House and other locations.
Real Estate Development:
- Launched the Village Center in October. The Village Center will provide much needed offices, retail services and a restaurant for Stadium Place residents and the surrounding community, as well as market-rate housing for 70 older adults.