Do you know that 40% percent of homeless men are veterans? In fact, 200,000 homeless veterans sleep on the streets every night. Seventy-six percent of homeless veterans experience alcohol, drug and mental health problems. These men, who have courageously served our country in combat, suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), often turning to drugs to silence the trauma.
Over the past 27 years, The Baltimore Station has focused on supporting veterans who are transitioning back into society through poverty, addiction and homelessness to self-sufficiency. The Baltimore Station is an innovative therapeutic residential treatment program that provides a highly structured environment for these men to help break the cycle.
Every third Saturday of the month, employees from JLL’s Baltimore area offices volunteer to prepare and serve the veterans breakfast, spending time with the men during their meal. It is a great opportunity to show our appreciation for their service and it is also a treat for the men, who look forward to the good food and the company every month.
In addition to serving breakfast, employees from JLL’s Baltimore area offices recently participated in Homerun for Recovery, which raises moneys to directly benefit The Baltimore Station and the men in the program. Held on April 14th at the Power Plant Live, the event exceeded this year’s goal by raising over $117,000. It was a fun event that included food, music, a silent auction, a live auction and bull riding!
The next breakfast volunteer opportunity is on Saturday, May 21.
Interested in volunteering? Please contact JLL’s Sara Shifflett.