Our Efforts

AWARENESS & COMMUNITY BUILDING

Creating content, events, and engagement initiatives focused on building community, a sustained focus, and a commitment to fostering change through unity and healing.


Lunch & Healing

Lunch & Healing is a monthly virtual lunch and learn series presented by Healing City Baltimore in partnership with Pro Bono Counseling Project (PBCP). The series takes place from Noon to 1pm on the third Thursday of each month. Each session features professionals in healing fields, and PBCP will be offering 1 CE Credit to those who register and attend the workshops through Zoom. The general public may also attend through Zoom or Facebook Live.


Truth & Healing

Truth & Healing is an ongoing citywide conversation about how Baltimore can heal from its enduring trauma. We hope to elevate conversations around mental health, racisim, youth activism, anti-violence work, and more. We center the voices of Baltimoreans from all walks of life who are working to heal our city.

 

Tune in live or watch past episodes as we focus on moving Baltimore forward, together.


2021 Healing City Summit

This year's annual Healing City Summit took place February 3-7, 2021 and included multiple days of virtual unity, community building, and healing. 


TRAUMA-INFORMED PERSPECTIVE & ENGAGEMENT

Advocating for community-led, healing-centered perspective and engagement as a means to affect to change, and fostering partnerships for implementation of trauma-informed knowledge and training at a grassroots level.

Mental Health & Trauma-Informed Training and Workshops

Healing City is working with a number of organizational partners to offer a range of training and workshops throughout the year.


Baltimore City Trauma-Informed Task Force

Established by the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act, the Trauma-Informed Task Force is developing best practices and facilitating trauma-informed education and training across all city departments and agencies as mandated by the act. The legislation, catalized by the Healing City movement, sponsored by Councilman Zeke Cohen, and unanimously signed into law in February of 2020, made Baltimore the first legislative body in the nation to employ law to address the impacts of trauma on society.


MORAL ADVOCACY

Prioritizing and reimagining Baltimore's commitment to youth, trauma, and community services and programs by raising awareness, leveraging support, and creating broad demand for increased and more innovative investment.


Baltimore's Budget: Put Our Youth First

Baltimore's budget is failing our youth and the future of our city.

 

Last year, our youth took to the streets by the thousands to demand an end to the racial, social, and economic inequities and injustices that have traumatized generations. Now is the time to show them we hear them, and we are with them. Baltimore should be increasing funding for youth and trauma-related services as the Healing City Act mandates--Not spending less. 

 

Healing City took action to demand that then Mayor Young reallocate funds to these focuses. We will be continuing this work on a number of fronts to ensure Baltimore's legacy will be one we can be proud of. Our youth demand nothing less, and we need to stand with them.


Destiny's Dream Scholarship

On December 21, 2019, Destiny was senselessly gunned down in front of her young daughter in her salon. To honor her legacy, barbers, beauticians and community members have created the Destiny's Dream Scholarship fund to support students in the Mervo Cosmetology program.

 

The fund awards scholarships to students each year to help cover expenses for uniforms, board certifications, and the beauty kit each student needs to purchase to participate in the program. Please help fund this scholarship in Destiny’s memory. Together, we can heal our city and work to break the cycle of trauma and violence that stole Destiny from us.


Upcoming Events



How It All Began

On February 7 & 9, 2020, the united efforts of dozens of organizations and over 80 individuals culminated in a weekend full of community building, healing and solidarity in our commitment to building a racially, socially and economically just and thriving Baltimore for ALL.

 

On Friday, hundreds of students led discussions and panels on trauma and healing at Morgan State University. On Sunday, hundreds of neighbors from across the city met at Coppin State University in a Celebration of Solidarity with free hair services, a resource fair, conversation, music and entertainment, before marching in unity to Frederick Douglass High School for the historic signing of the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act.