At Helping Up Mission, men struggling with substance abuse and homelessness are given the tools to understand the sources of addiction and alter the course of their futures. Mentorship provides clients with the opportunity to learn from others who have experienced similar struggles, while vocational therapy and educational services prepare individuals to engage in the workforce upon discharge. Counseling and recovery coursework reinforce the lessons taught in treatment, enabling clients to maintain lasting sobriety after completion.
ABOUT HELPING UP MISSION- BALTIMORE, MD
Helping Up Mission, located in Baltimore, Md., offers residential treatment to men struggling with addiction and homelessness. Helping Up Mission provides shelter, meals, clothing, and counseling in an effort to meet the physical needs of their clients as well as their psychological, social, spiritual needs.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
To be admitted, clients must visit Helping Up Mission in person; the facility does not schedule appointments over the phone or online. The facility’s Spiritual Recovery Program lasts for one year and moves clients through several phases of treatment. The facility also offers a six month graduate spiritual recovery program for alumni who have relapsed.
The facility’s treatment program combines the 12-Steps with spiritual development and the latest scientific addiction treatment methods. Throughout treatment, clients receive professional clinical counseling and attend 12-step meetings, Bible study, chapel, and discipleship meetings. The first 45 days of treatment is referred to as a “blackout period,” and requires clients to eliminate almost all contact with the outside world (except for family) in order to limit unhealthy influences. Although Helping Up Mission does not offer detoxification services on-site, they partner with local hospitals for clients who need detoxification during the first phase of treatment.
Men at Helping Up Mission can complete their GED or attend trade school while in treatment. Clients also participate in 40 hours per week of work therapy, doing chores around the facility. In the final six months of treatment, clients are encouraged to seek employment outside the facility. Helping Up Mission offers unique treatments and therapy including choir and art therapy. Finally, Helping Up Mission offers transitional housing for up to five years to Spiritual Recovery Program graduates who are employed.
There is currently no information provided by Helping Up Mission regarding the qualifications of its treatment staff. However, the facility website states that several staff members are graduates of the Spiritual Recovery Program. One alum surveyed by Best-rehabs.com said he strongly agreed that staff are experienced and well trained, and another alum said he disagreed with that statement.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The facility has 500 beds for male clients in a shelter-like setting with bunk beds and shared rooms. Clients are provided with meals, toiletries, and clean clothes while staying at Helping Up Mission.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The two alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com at time of writing gave the facility generally positive reviews for its treatment effectiveness, but were more divided about other aspects of the facility, such as the accommodations and amenities and meals and nutrition. The alumni felt that the program’s spiritual aspects were a great strength. “My experience was ablessing,” one alum said, “the spiritual teaching was good for me.” The alumni both lauded the facility’s mission, but also noted it did not have enough beds or space to accommodate the Greater Baltimore Area it was serving.
On Google, reviews for Helping Up Mission are positive, with an average rating of 4.7 out of five stars based on 22 total reviews.  Reviewer K.N., who gave the facility a perfect five stars, wrote, “Smartest thing I have ever done was coming here 7 months ago. I’m still here, still clean, and my only regret is that I didn’t come sooner.” Reviewer M.A. agreed with that viewpoint. They gave five stars and wrote, “I am at the HUM, veteran in need, and have received the help I did not know was out there for me. I have been given an opportunity to continue to meet my goals.”
Helping Up Mission charges no fees for initial entry into the Spiritual Recovery Program. However, clients receiving non-employment income such as SSI may be required to pay for program fees. Other clients will be registered under the Food Stamp/TDAP Program to help cover program costs, and clients who return to gainful employment during the program are required to pay a portion of the costs associated with their stay.