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. Our comprehensive recovery programs address root issues of substance abuse and poverty. As one person is healed, Greater Baltimore is raised up.

Contact information

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


Phone: (410) 675-7500

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 520635090

CEO/President: Robert Gehman


Board size: 13


Ruling year: 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 rating226 of 102247 of 155
Fund acquisition rating687 of 1025113 of 155
Resource allocation rating22 of 10253 of 155
Asset utilization rating368 of 102262 of 155

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,540,347$10,662,225$16,695,607$14,092,481$155,612
Short-term investments$9,433,482$6,006,918$2,259,307$2,852,927$3,428,902
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$25,559,352$29,372,475$22,087,609$17,298,287$4,272,554
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$710,855$748,809$738,833$464,523$317,505
Other long-term assets$9,063,799$9,135,651$23,186,125$21,055$4,290,393
Total long-term assets$9,774,654$9,884,460$23,924,958$485,578$4,607,898
Total assets$35,334,006$39,256,935$46,012,567$17,783,865$8,880,452
Payables and accrued expenses$492,321$358,802$421,574$297,825$244,065
Other current liabilities$978,918$498,527$155,986$23,024$29,159
Total current liabilities$1,471,239$857,329$577,560$320,849$273,224
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$28,496$33,544$38,393$43,053$47,531
Total long-term liabilities$4,528,496$2,533,544$2,538,393$3,542,651$3,641,099
Total liabilities$5,999,735$3,390,873$3,115,953$3,863,500$3,914,323
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$4,865,564$2,756,874$3,118,620$1,610,273$4,735,200
With donor restrictions$24,468,707$33,109,188$39,777,994$12,310,092$230,929
Net assets$29,334,271$35,866,062$42,896,614$13,920,365$4,966,129
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$14,214,906$11,556,058$36,660,592$27,695,313$7,721,720
Program service revenue$2,691,122$2,956,007$2,887,833$2,644,340$2,708,184
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$463,172$332,464$229,086$401,020$218,930
Other revenue$171,445$202,776$71,650$71,556$134,872
Total other revenue$3,325,739$3,491,247$3,188,569$3,116,916$3,061,986
Total revenue$17,540,645$15,047,305$39,849,161$30,812,229$10,783,706
Program services$22,294,668$19,667,024$8,374,210$19,048,025$8,154,318
Management and general$841,723$652,957$584,349$587,858$524,406
Total expenses$25,093,195$22,058,266$10,903,407$21,590,579$10,335,184
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)($7,552,550)($7,010,961)$28,945,754$9,221,650$448,522
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($7,552,550)($7,010,961)$28,945,754$9,221,650$448,522


Michael T BurnsChief Financial Officer$208,316
Robert K GehmanChief Executive Officer$203,371
K Daniel StoltzfusChief Operating Officer$174,793
Thomas StoneDirector of Facilities and$125,235
Kristopher SharrarDirector of Philanthropy$120,527

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2021

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 8/16/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Program accomplishments

Every year, we provide...

182,500 nights of shelter (500 nightly)
438,000 meals (1,200 per day)
155,000+ items of clothing and personal care
6,700 counseling sessions