PLEASE READ BELOW FOR IMPORTANT MESSAGES TO HOPE FORWARD PROGRAM’S YOUTH AND OUR FUNDERS AND PARTNERS:
FOR OUR YOUTH:
Careful analysis of Hope Forward’s programs has taught us that services are best delivered in community locations where you, the young people we serve, live and go on a regular basis. As such, our services will be located within community agencies. We think this is a much better use of our resources.
Please click below to find service information, including who and how to contact. Should any additional information be needed, we encourage our donors and institutional funders to contact Maricela Brea, our Senior Director of Youth and Young Adult Services, at 212.727.4291.
General Information and Assistance:
Y2 CONNECT (Maryland youth resources, general directory): http://y2connect.org/all-resources/
YES Drop-In Center (Baltimore resources for homeless youth, 14 – 25): http://www.yesdropincenter.org/supporthttp://www.yesdropincenter.org/support
211 Maryland online resource guide directory: http://www.211md.org/
Search affordable housing in Prince George’s County: https://affordablehousingonline.com/housing-search/Maryland/Prince-Georges-County
Search affordable housing statewide database in Maryland: http://www.socialserve.com/tenant/index.html?state_id=4109&ch=MARY
MBQ (Baltimore City DSS Ready by 21): https://sites.google.com/site/bcdssreadyby21lifeskills/mbq
Maryland Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing Programs:
Statewide list: http://dhr.maryland.gov/documents/Bureau%20of%20Homeless%20Services/Homeless_Shelters_Update_02_2015.pdf
College Financial Assistance:
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FSA): https://fafsa.ed.gov/
Maryland Grants, Loans, and Scholarships: Central Scholarship: http://www.central-scholarship.org/
United Negro College Fund scholarships: https://www.uncf.org/scholarships
Homeless Health Care Assistance:
Healthcare for the Homeless: http://www.hchmd.org/
Mayor’s Office of Employment Development: http://moed.baltimorecity.gov/job-seekers
Maryland Workforce Exchange: https://mwejobs.maryland.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx?plang=E
YO Baltimore: http://moed.baltimorecity.gov/youth-services/programs
Food Banks and Soup Kitchens
Baltimore City: http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/cityfoodbanks.cgi?city=Baltimore&state=MD
Anne Arundel/Prince George’s Counties/DC areas: http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/cityfoodbanks.cgi?city=Bowie&state=MD
Temporary Benefits (TCA, foodstamps, childcare vouchers, utility assistance, etc.):https://mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/dashboardClient/#/home
Foster Care Issues (click this link, then click on “foster youth” drop-down menu on webpage): http://dhr.maryland.gov/
TO OUR FUNDERS AND PARTNERS:
As you may be aware in April 2016, Hope Forward joined Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc.—a nonprofit with an 80-year history of creating opportunities for people with barriers to economic well-being. Since that time, we have done a thorough review of Baltimore operations. We are not abandoning our efforts in Baltimore– we are simply administering our services differently by closing the Baltimore office as we transition to a new way of providing our services.
As part of our longer-term strategy, we will concentrate on partnering with other youth serving organizations to deliver informational, educational and workforce development training for youth. Our research has demonstrated that our workforce development programs produce solid, sustainable results for our youth when delivered where the youth are physically based, such as shelters, other group housing arrangements, or other nonprofit partners’ locations.
We are excited about this new strategy, and believe that it will allow us to maintain our operations in the most effective way possible.
Should any additional information be needed, we encourage our donors and institutional funders to contact Maricela Brea, our Senior Director of Youth and Young Adult Services, at 212.727.4291.
Hope Forward connects transitioning foster youth (ages 17-25) with life skills resources and long-term solutions, and empowers youth to create systems change through leadership and advocacy. Founded in 2008 by an adult professional that experienced the foster care system, the purpose of Hope Forward is to help youth make a successful transition from foster care to independence.
Hope Forward connects transitioning and former foster youth to housing, employment, educational resources and supportive individuals and networks.
Hope Forward’s goal is to ensure that all youth transitioning from the foster care system have the support and resources needed to become stable and contributing members of society; avoiding the negative statistics of homelessness, incarceration and unemployment.
Our Partners and Funders
How your company can help:
“We believe that the only way to improve child welfare policies for foster youth and to make sure they have the skills and resources they need even before transitioning into adults is to work with our Community Partners. Please Contact Us if you’re interested in becoming one!”
Maryland Association of Resources
for Families and Youth (MARFY)
7164 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 210
Columbia, MD 21046
Foster Care Alumni of America, Maryland
PO Box 77403
Washington, DC 20013
National Center of Housing
and Child Welfare
6711 Queens Chapel Rd
University Park, MD 20782
Rising Tides, Inc.
Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR)
311 W. Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Institute
University of Maryland, School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
737 W. Lombard St., 4th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201-102
WrapAround Maryland, Inc.
Targeted Case Management Program
“A Powerful Voice in a Child’s Life”
402 W. Pennsulvania Ave., 3rd Floor
Towson, MD 21204
House of New Beginnings
101 W. 22nd St., Suite 401
Baltimore, MD 21218
AIRS/Empire Homes of Maryland, Inc.
1800 N. Charles Street, Suite 700
Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone: (410) 576-5070
Wraparound Maryland, Inc.
314 Civic Ave.
Salisbury, MD 21804
Baltimore HealthCare Access Inc, The MATCH Program
313 North Gay Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Casey Family Services
25 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Inc.
819 Park Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
KidsPeace Corporate Headquarters
5300 KidsPeace Drive
Orefield, PA 18069-9101
CASA Baltimore County
305 West Chesapeake Ave., Suite 117
Towson, MD 21204
Voices for Children, Inc (Howard County CASA)
5550 Sterrett Place, Suite 215
Columbia, MD 21044
CASA Baltimore City
PO Box 13004
Baltimore, MD 21203
Prince Georges County Department of Social Services
925 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD 20785
Baltimore City Department of Social Services
Talmadge Branch Building
1910 N. Broadway Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21213
As a part of its foster care program, BCDSS is constantly recruiting new foster parents. Over the past few years it has become increasingly important to generate interest among families who will consider fostering teenagers.
Today teens make up 60 percent of children in foster care in Baltimore. They need homes and families just as much as the little ones do.
Below is a link to a short video BCDSS uses for recruiting. Please share this information with those who may be interested in becoming foster parents.
Baltimore County Department of Social Services
PO Box 13004
Baltimore, MD 21203
Annie E. Casey Foundation Partner Organizations of Color (POC) Network
Created by senior leaders in 2003 at the Casey Foundation, the following organizations pursue two objectives: broadening and deepening the Foundation’s relationship with like-minded organizations directed by people of color, and supporting existing efforts and developing new strategies to strengthen core capacities. Partner memberships are awarded Casey Foundation grants, technical assistance/coaching, networking opportunities, and critical connections to senior leadership and key Foundation staff. The following organizations are currently MFYRC’s POC partners.
BILLO Communications, Inc.
Black Administrators in Child Welfare, Inc. (BACW)
Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE)
La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE)
National Community Development Institute (NCDI)
New Management Information Systems, Inc. (NEWMIS)
Sisters of Color United for Education
W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI)
Blessed Haven, Inc.
PO Box 86
Cheltenham, MD 20623
The Katie Abel Foundation
9701 Apollo Drive, Suite 493
Largo, MD 20774
A Very Special Thanks to the following agencies and foundations that have supported the work of the Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center through grant funding and/or large product and service donations. We are so very grateful for you and hope that you continue to walk with us in this journey to ensure that transitioning and former foster youth have the tools and the supportive networks they need to transition into adulthood and become confident and contributing members of society.