Strategic Pillars (Our Focus)

TRAUMA-RESPONSIVE CARE

 

Serving as a conduit for community voices on best practices and implementation of training, and in turn, helping to facilitate training at a grassroots level.

 

UNIFIED MENTAL HEALTH RESPONSE


Formulating and implementing a unified, citywide mental health response to COVID-19.




COMMUNITY BUILDING

 

Creating events and engagement initiatives focused on building community and a commitment to fostering change through unity and healing.

 

MORAL

ADVOCACY

 

Prioritizing and reimagining Baltimore's commitment to youth and trauma services by raising awareness, leveraging support, and creating broad demand for increased and more innovative investment.

Truth & Healing

Conversation Series

In fall of 2019, over eighty organizations and thousands of individuals across Baltimore came together to pass the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act and build a movement for change. Now we are taking the movement live in a weekly Facebook Live series.


Truth & Healing is an ongoing citywide conversation about how Baltimore can heal from its enduring trauma. We hope to elevate conversations around mental health, racisim, youth activism, anti-violence work, and more. We will center the voices of Baltimoreans from all walks of life who are working to heal our city.


Tune in weekly as we focus on moving Baltimore forward, together.


Tell Mayor Young to put our youth first and increase funding for youth and trauma services.

Baltimore's Budget:

Put Our Youth First!

Baltimore's budget is failing our youth and the future of our city.

 

Our youth are taking to the streets by the thousands to demand an end to the racial, social, and economic inequities and injustices that have traumatized generations. Now is the time to show them we hear them, and we are with them. Baltimore should be increasing funding for youth and trauma-related services as the Healing City Act mandates--Not spending less. 

 

The city budget is a moral compact. It embodies our priorities as a society. It defines who we are, and what we stand for. The future of Baltimore will be determined by the values we embrace now. 

 

Take action now to ensure that Baltimore's legacy will be one we can be proud of. Our youth demand nothing less, and we need to stand with them.


Community-Based COVID-19 Response

During what is arguably the most challenging period in our lifetime, it is more important than ever for Baltimoreans to unite. We face a deadly virus that threatens to tear us apart. Necessary distancing leaves our most vulnerable residents isolated without access to emotional support. In this moment of crisis, we refuse to turn our backs on our neighbors. 


The Baltimore Neighbors Network provides a virtual community of volunteers to offer hope, comfort and social solidarity. We also enlist pro bono clinicians to help address the looming mental health crisis that COVID-19 will create. Baltimore's greatest asset is our people. WE are the medicine.


Destiny's Dream

Scholarship Fund

On December 21, 2019, Destiny was senselessly gunned down in front of her young daughter in her salon. To honor her legacy, barbers, beauticians and community members have created the Destiny's Dream Scholarship fund to support students in the Mervo Cosmetology program. The scholarship will award $1,000 to five students each year to help cover expenses for uniforms, board certifications and the beauty kit each student needs to purchase to participate in the program. Please help fund this scholarship in Destiny’s memory. Together, we can heal our city and work to break the cycle of trauma and violence that stole Destiny from us.


Feb 2020 Launch

On February 7 & 9, 2020, the united efforts of dozens of organizations and over 80 individuals culminated in a weekend full of community building, healing and solidarity in our commitment to building a racially, socially and economically just and thriving Baltimore for ALL.


On Friday, hundreds of students led discussions and panels on trauma and healing at Morgan State University. On Sunday, hundreds of neighbors from across the city met at Coppin State University in a Celebration of Solidarity with free hair services, a resource fair, conversation, music and entertainment, before marching in unity to Frederick Douglass High School for the historic signing of the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act. (All Photos Courtesy of John Waire)

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Our world would be a much better world, a much better place, if we would only concentrate on the things we have in common.


Elijah Cummings

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What It's All About

UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA


A white paper on trauma & healing developed by members of the steering committee.

THE ELIJAH CUMMINGS HEALING CITY ACT 


The proposed bill that inspired the movement focuses on and mandates a proactive focus on trauma responsive care.

HEALING CITY ORGANIZERS


View the list of steering committee and planning group members working tirelessly to catalyze the movement.