The mission of Baltimore Outreach Services, Inc. is to provide comprehensive services and programs to homeless women and their children. These services include emergency shelter, supportive housing, educational programming, health and mental health services, job training and employment counseling.
On any given night, it is estimated that there are 4,000 individuals who are homeless in Baltimore. Women and children are the fastest growing homeless population, comprising 43 percent of all individuals in need of shelter.
Each year, Baltimore Outreach Services, Inc. (BOS) provides emergency shelter, food, clothing, housing, job training and other supportive services to more than 250 homeless women and children. Programs and services are offered in a caring environment with respect for each individual to promote a healthy sense of self-esteem that empowers the women to regain independence and self-sufficiency. Learn more about us.
The challenges faced by homeless women and children are complex and multi-faceted. A recent study conducted in our emergency shelter reported that 40 percent of the women had substance abuse problems and/or severe mental health issues. Only 9 percent were employed, with only 2 percent earning more than minimum wage. Of those employed, none received health care benefits. Almost half of the women had no income. Twenty-four percent did not complete high school, with many dropping out in or before 10th grade.
To meet the complex needs of the clients, BOS offers comprehensive programs tailored for each individual. Our goal is to stop the cycle of homelessness and promote lasting solutions to maintaining self-sufficiency. Learn more about our programs.
Our BOS video shares the story of four women whose lives have been touched by our program. Their stories bring attention to the true importance of programs like BOS and how your support enables us to intervene at a critical time for those who are in most need of help.