CATONSVILLE, MD (May 21, 2016) -- Charlestown retirement community residents make nearly 200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches each Wednesday and donate them to Helping Up Mission, a faith-based homeless shelter in Baltimore City for men with alcohol and drug addiction.
An average of 20 residents come to the Renaissance Gardens Activity Room to spend mornings making the sandwiches.
"Our residents enjoy the time they have together to help people in need," said Program Assistant Lauren Clements.
However, it is not enough to tell a man who has struggled with addiction for years that "Jesus loves you" and expect a miraculous recovery. Contrary to common thinking, addiction is not simply the result of poor personal choices, immorality, or weakness. It is much more complex.
Consequently, Helping Up Mission's approach to treatment is holistic in nature.
Helping Up Mission's Spiritual and Recovery Program integrates the practical needs of its clients — food, clothing, shelter — with their clinical, mental health, medical, educational, and vocational needs.