Helping Up Mission in Baltimore, MD

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(4 of 5)
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1029 East Baltimore Street
Baltimore MD 21202

Helping Up Mission Philosophy

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.

Areas of Specialization

  • Holistic Therapy
    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

  • 12-Step
    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

Facility Highlights

Spiritual Needs Classes

Twelve Step Principles

Discipleship Classes 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Helping Up Mission, a nonprofit organization based in Baltimore, Md., provides treatment for men struggling with both substance abuse and homelessness. The center’s treatment is faith-based, and offers various programs to help individuals in different phases of recovery. Services include the signature Spiritual Recovery Program, an overnight guest shelter, graduate transitional housing, and a graduate recovery program. Detoxification services are not available on-site, but Helping Up Mission maintains partnerships with local hospitals.


The Spiritual Recovery Program is designed for homeless men struggling with severe substance abuse and alcohol addiction. Treatment lasts for one year and is based on the tenets of the traditional 12-step approach to recovery. The center also incorporates program elements that address each client’s physical, spiritual, psychological, and social needs.

During the first phase of treatment, clients learn about the 12-Steps, begin a religious discipleship, and participate in a “blackout” period designed to separate clients from unhealthy influences. This initial phase lasts 45 days. The next two phases, which last 60 and 90 days respectively, include counseling and classes that cover bible study, relapse prevention, personal and spiritual growth, and healthy living. Participants also can pursue their GED or job training. The last few months leading up to graduation focus on preparing men for sober, independent living. This phase includes counseling, education, and medical care, if necessary.

Recovery also includes work therapy, which gives clients the opportunity to enact service-oriented jobs. These jobs cover some of the daily operations of the facility, giving clients a sense of ownership of their recovery. Work therapy accounts for up to 40 hours of programming each week.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff, however the two alumni surveyed by at the time of this writing gave mixed ratings: one awarded the facility five out of five stars for its staff’s level of training and experience, while the other gave a rating of just two out of five stars.


Helping Up Mission provides basic, dormitory-style living quarters for up to 500 men at a time. The two alumni polled by gave the facility ratings of five out of five stars and three out of five stars, with one noting that cleanliness was among the facility’s weaknesses.


The two alumni surveyed by at the time of this writing gave the facility mixed reviews. Edwin gave The Mission mostly one and two out of five stars across 15 different evaluation metrics, including its cleanliness and its staff’s level of training and experience. He complained about poor living conditions, including bedbugs; however, he also credited the facility with providing him with “spiritual upliftment” and wrote: “My experience was ablessing cause i really didn't have adrug problem I needed shelter.”

The other alum gave the facility a highly positive review, awarding it mostly four and five out of five stars across the 15 evaluated metrics, including its treatment effectiveness, its connectivity and visitor policies, its cleanliness, its counseling options, and its staff’s level of training and experience.

On its Facebook page, which the Mission can edit, the facility received an average rating of 4.8 out of five stars based on 197 reviews at the time of this writing.[1]


According to HealthGrove, Helping Up accepts Access to Recovery vouchers and offers sliding scale fees to clients who qualify.

Updated February 2017


Published on March 2017

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The spiritual upliftment was a strength. Weaknesses are: Bedbugs smells and nutritional meals and should have better curfew. My experience was ablessing cause i really didn't have adrug problem I needed shelter. But the spiritual teaching was good for me.

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Spiritual but only 500 beds, Safe

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