Old Otterbein carries out mission work in partnership with a variety of human services organizations. We provide hands-on support, or funds, or both. We have a strong interest in supporting agencies serving human needs within our community as well as international efforts.
All of these organizations are local and depend on donations to operate, please help us support them.
Our mission partners include:
Maryland Food Bank - January-February
The Maryland Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, was founded in 1979 to coordinate the procurement and distribution of food donations from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and government agencies to organizations providing free food to the state's hungry. The Maryland Food Bank has facilities in Baltimore, Hagerstown and Salisbury comprising more than 125,000-square-feet of warehouse, refrigerator and freezer space. Last year, the Maryland Food Bank distributed more than 26.5 million pounds of food through a network of 600 soup kitchens, pantries and shelters across the state.
Susanna Wesley House - March-April
Susanna Wesley House has been serving women in one form or another since 1919. In 2003, in direct response to the devastating need for housing that would allow homeless women to live with their children, SWH remodeled the facility to adhere to a Supportive Housing model, forging a partnership to provide the case management, educational, employment, counseling and other program services for the residents. Susanna Wesley House maintains the facility and, in effect, underwrites the program costs by allowing our partner organization to collect available government subsidies and rental income.
Families are not limited to a set length of stay at Susanna Wesley House, although the average stay is approximately 24 months. Families may stay as long as they are participating in the program, until they are ready to move on to the next level of independence. Sometimes, this means moving directly into the community with no further support. Often, the families continue to work with their case managers while living in rental housing in the community. Either way, the ultimate goal is complete independence and self-reliance.
Manna House - May-June
Manna House has been serving the poor and homeless of Baltimore for 44 years. Since the inception of the agency we have embraced the holistic approach for providing services, be they physical, emotional, mental or spiritual; we have incorporated understanding while responding to societal ills. The clients we serve are faced with poverty, homelessness, mental illness and drug addiction, followed by HIV/AIDS, spousal abuse, and other chronic diseases
Meals on Wheels - July-August
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is a non-profit organization that helps homebound people to eat well and remain in their own homes. Our dedicated staff and volunteers prepare and deliver over 800,000 nutritious meals a year. But Meals on Wheels is more than a meal - we also provide grocery shopping, phone pals, and other support services to help our clients maintain independence and peace of mind.
BARCS - September-October
Baltimore's homeless and abused animals need help. More than 11,000 unwanted, abused and stray animals enter the doors of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) each year...kittens, puppies, even wildlife and exotic animals. BARCS accepts all animals in need.
Many of the animals BARCS cares for were abandoned or given up by owners who can no longer care for them. Too many animals come to the shelter as victims of abuse or hit and run accidents.
BARCS is working to improve the lives of Baltimore's homeless animals. Formerly the Baltimore City Municipal Animal Shelter, BARCS was recognized as a non-profit in July 2005.Since then BARCS has hired new staff, created new programs and changed the shelter's standard operations. These changes have helped us dramatically increase adoptions and rescues, and significantly decrease euthanasia. And we've done all of this on a shoestring budget. With your help we can do even more.
South Baltimore Station - November-December
We 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.
It's not a battle. It's a war. We concentrate on helping those we know most about - those we can do the most for - men who have valiantly served our country and have fallen on hard times. We know that they suffer a special kind of hell, often returning to society with the effects of combat - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - often turning to drugs to silence the trauma. We know the cycle that can spin out of control, leading to poverty, estrangement and homelessness. We know that it takes a highly structured environment to break that cycle because our program staff is in recovery themselves and half are veterans. Recovery is not a "quick fix" battle. It's a long tough war.
Old Otterbein continues to sponsor Martha Lisbeth Leiva Delcid through ChildFund International.