Our Efforts

We're building a sustained movement of Baltimore's communities united in healing from trauma, violence, and racial inequity.

AWARENESS & COMMUNITY BUILDING

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


Lunch & Healing

Lunch & Healing is a virtual lunch and learn series presented by Healing City Baltimore in partnership with Pro Bono Counseling Project (PBCP). Each session features professionals in healing fields, and PBCP will be offering 1 CE Credit to those who register and attend the workshops through Zoom. Recordings are available on the HCB website after each session.


2022 Healing City Summit

The annual Healing City Summit returned February 28 through March 5, 2022. Dozens of organizations and 1,600 youth and community leaders organized and participated in panels, workshops, resource fairs, entertainment, and offisite activities. 

 

The 2022 summit included five days of virtual and in-person community building and healing focused on moving Baltimore forward, together.


Truth & Healing

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 center the voices of Baltimoreans from all walks of life who are working to heal our city.

 

Tune in live or watch past episodes as we focus on moving Baltimore forward, together.


2021 Healing City Summit

The 2021 annual Healing City Summit took place February 3-7, 2021 and included multiple days of virtual unity, community building, and healing. 


TRAUMA-INFORMED PERSPECTIVE & ENGAGEMENT

Advocating for community-led, healing-centered perspective and engagement as a means to affect change, and fostering partnerships for implementation of trauma-informed knowledge and training at a grassroots level and across city agencies.


Mental Health & Trauma-Informed Training and Workshops

Healing City is working with a number of organizational partners to offer a range of training and workshops throughout the year.


Baltimore City Trauma-Informed Care Task Force

Established by the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act, the Trauma-Informed Care Task Force is developing best practices and facilitating trauma-informed education and training across all city departments and agencies as mandated by the act. The legislation, catalized by the Healing City movement, sponsored by Councilman Zeke Cohen, and unanimously signed into law in February of 2020, made Baltimore the first legislative body in the nation to employ law to address the impacts of trauma on society.


Baltimore City Trauma-Responsive Workgroup

The Healing City Act commissioned a Baltimore City Trauma-Responsive Workgroup, consisting of representatives of City agencies, service providers, community members, youth, public officials, and additional stakeholders. The Trauma-Responsive Workgroup guides the implementation of of trauma-informed care training for city agencies, providing oversight, guidance, and consultation on this initiative.


MORAL ADVOCACY

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


Baltimore's Budget: Put Our Youth First

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

 

Our youth have taken a stand 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.

 

Healing City is advocating on a number of fronts to ensure Baltimore's legacy will be one we can be proud of. Our youth demand nothing less, and we need to stand with them.


Destiny's Dream Scholarship

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 fund awards scholarships to 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.


Upcoming Events

Healing Friday

August 5, 11am-12pm

Healing Movement & Meditation at Soulage

Rides Around Lake Montebello

August 11, 5-8pm

Baltimore Rowing Center

Juggling at Curtis Bay

August 31, 6-7:30pm

Curtis Bay Recreation Center

Healing Friday

September 2, 11am-12pm

Healing Movement & Meditation at Soulage

Trot the Trail

November 19, 7:30-9pm

Herring Run Park

Hike Baltimore

September 30, 5-9pm

Cylburn Arboretum Vollmer Center



How It All Began

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.