Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Get to Know our Missions Partners

"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." Helen Keller

NativityMissions takes this principle to heart by strategically partnering with other groups and organizations to influence our world for Christ. Together with our local partners, we strive to make a strong impact on our surrounding community. Read below to learn a little bit more about our partnerships with Araminta Freedom Initiative, The Baltimore Station, Hope Springs, and My Sister's Place Women's Center.

Araminta Freedom Initiative exists to awaken, equip and mobilize the Church and our community to end human trafficking in the Baltimore area. Volunteers with Araminta engage in four areas: prevention of the sexual exploitation of minors, systemic economic deterrence of the business of human trafficking, intervention and rescue of those held against their will, and the provision of aftercare initiatives that provide healing and wholeness to victims. Their vision is to see every child free from human trafficking.

Over the past 25 years, The Baltimore Station has been turning lives around. They are an innovative, therapeutic residential treatment program supporting veterans and others who are transitioning through the cycle of poverty, addiction, and homelessness to self-sufficiency. They believe that recovery requires months of a highly structured, therapeutic environment to learn a new way of thinking and living. Their focus on long-term healing has resulted in real success — 68% of their residents complete the program and go on to lead productive lives.

The HopeSprings mission is to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, equip those God has called to serve in the epidemic regionally and nationally, and partner with community organizations providing avenues of engagement through service. One in 40 people in the city of Baltimore is HIV positive and in many zip codes the rate increases to 1 in 21 people. Responding to God’s call to unite the Church of Baltimore to respond to the epidemic by providing hope and healing through the eradication of HIV and AIDS and its stigma, HopeSprings was born. HopeSprings has trained hundreds of volunteers from 50+ local congregations to serve for this cause.

My Sister’s Place Women’s Center (MSPWC) is the combined home of four Catholic Charities programs. MSPWC provides: housing assistance, education, life skills training, benefits advice, case management, financial assistance, linkage to other community providers, financial literacy services, and personal services. MSPWC also provides three meals each day to women and children in need.

Want to volunteer with one of these amazing organizations? Click Here to find out more about service opportunities.

Don't forget to bring toiletries and gift cards to church this weekend to benefit our local partners! We will be collecting before and after all masses. 

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