Helping Up Mission

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Helping Up Mission is a community of hope. We help men and women fighting addiction and homelessness get their lives back. We are a faith based, privately funded, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We provide programs and services to men and women suffering from homelessness and addiction. Our long-term, residential Spiritual Recovery Program is our flagship. Since 1995, we have helped hundreds of men break the cycle of addiction, poverty, and homelessness. The average homeless man or woman we serve has survived two decades of substance abuse and years on the streets. They come to us addicted, destitute, and dysfunctional - with no realistic capacity to recover on their own. For a man or woman in that condition, a "quick fix" doesn't exist. Healing requires a holistic approach. By God's grace, lives are transformed as men and women who have suffered for years - or in many cases, decades - on the streets rise up and regain their purpose, hope, and independence. As they do, all Baltimore is blessed along with them; our community experiences healing.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Helping Up Mission
1029 East Baltimore St
Baltimore, MD 21202-4705


Phone: (410) 675-7500


Organization details

EIN: 520635090

CEO/President: Robert Gehman

Chairman: Robert Ohler

Board size: 15


Year founded: 1937

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1993


We raise up broken men and women, and Greater Baltimore with them. At Helping Up Mission, we believe God's love can set people free - from drugs and alcohol, from poverty and homelessness, and from any other self-destructive behavior.

However, it's not enough to tell a person 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's much more complex.

Consequently, our approach to treatment is holistic in nature. Our Spiritual Recovery Program integrates the practical needs of our clients - food, clothing, shelter - with their clinical, mental health, medical, educational, and vocational needs. All of that is built upon a Gospel foundation. And by God's grace, it can lead to lasting change.

Mission statement

Helping Up Mission provides hope to people experiencing homelessness, poverty or addiction by meeting their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

Statement of faith

Helping Up Mission has adopted The Apostles' Creed as our Statement of Faith. It is the basis of our common belief and proclaims the source of our wisdom and power in helping men and women find answers to their life struggles.

While this is what we believe, we do not discriminate on the basis of faith or practice among those who need our help or desire to help us.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating372 of 81775 of 150
Fund acquisition rating204 of 81735 of 150
Resource allocation rating442 of 81785 of 150
Asset utilization rating520 of 817109 of 150

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$16,695,607$14,092,481$155,612$166,549$195,169
Short-term investments$2,259,307$2,852,927$3,428,902$3,033,237$2,836,770
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$22,087,609$17,298,287$4,272,554$4,153,449$3,507,044
Long-term investments$0$0$0$42,104$0
Fixed assets$738,833$464,523$317,505$332,696$310,101
Other long-term assets$23,186,125$21,055$4,290,393$1,752,639$1,678,462
Total long-term assets$23,924,958$485,578$4,607,898$2,127,439$1,988,563
Total assets$46,012,567$17,783,865$8,880,452$6,280,888$5,495,607
Payables and accrued expenses$421,574$297,825$244,065$271,187$169,072
Other current liabilities$155,986$23,024$29,159$6,034$0
Total current liabilities$577,560$320,849$273,224$277,221$169,072
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$38,393$43,053$47,531$51,832$55,968
Total long-term liabilities$2,538,393$3,542,651$3,641,099$1,610,495$1,676,987
Total liabilities$3,115,953$3,863,500$3,914,323$1,887,716$1,846,059
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$39,777,994$12,310,092$230,929$81,209$71,872
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$42,896,614$13,920,365$4,966,129$4,393,172$3,649,548
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$36,660,592$27,695,313$7,721,720$6,758,138$5,927,921
Program service revenue$2,887,833$2,644,340$2,708,184$2,942,401$2,408,244
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$229,086$401,020$218,930$214,469$177,827
Other revenue$71,650$71,556$134,872$9,965$17,536
Total other revenue$3,188,569$3,116,916$3,061,986$3,166,835$2,603,607
Total revenue$39,849,161$30,812,229$10,783,706$9,924,973$8,531,528
Program services$8,374,210$19,048,025$8,154,318$7,307,377$6,106,335
Management and general$584,349$587,858$524,406$490,269$524,544
Total expenses$10,903,407$21,590,579$10,335,184$9,073,354$8,111,660
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$28,945,754$9,221,650$448,522$851,619$419,868
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$28,945,754$9,221,650$448,522$851,619$419,868


Michael T BurnsChief Financial Officer$185,446
Robert K GehmanChief Executive Officer$185,045
James LongeneckerChief Relationship Officer$160,640
Kristopher SharrarDirector of Philanthropy$112,373

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

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