The problem: On any given night in Baltimore City, an estimated 4,000 people experience homelessness. Our response: We provide essential housing and support services to homeless citizens.
Project PLASE serves approximately 450 individuals in our Transitional and Permanent Housing programs each year and thousands over the past 36 years. We bring hope, restore dignity and end the cycle of homelessness for clients and their families. Our work is a communal effort. Project PLASE relies on dedicated volunteers and supporters to make our work possible. Learn more about how you can get involved.!
On January 21, 2015 Dulaney Valley High School freshman, Jalen Hicklin, presented PLASE with a whopping $450 donation, money he raised in a “Genius Hour” fundraising project at his school. He baked and sold cookies, prepared and executed the business plan. He exceeded his goal to raise $300 with all proceeds to go to PLASE. At $5 per bag of 10 cookies, that’s a lot of cookie dough!
In January Jalen and his Mom visited PLASE for a short tour which included a meet and greet with a few residents at our co-ed facility. The photo to the right shows Jalen presenting one really big check to Executive Director, Mary Slicher.
During the tour Jalen met one client in particular who made an impression on him. Jalen says, “…Visiting PLASE has opened my eyes to things I didn’t know really exist, or know there was a huge need for community help.”
Mary comments, “How impressed we all were with his entrepreneurship and his good heart—how he wanted to use his time and talent to make a difference and help someone else! In fact Jalen did just that.
He met with the residents and he was a big hit! Several residents said ‘I wish I had your focus and energy when I was in 9th grade! We love and appreciate you!’” According to Jalen his Mom, Da Trice, has set an example of helping others, but “getting involved myself has made me more aware of issues in the world…Remember that everybody has a smile, but on the inside they are hurting and need your help”.
We at PLASE know that it is of great benefit to our clients to re-enter mainstream society and to see themselves as a part of the whole. Meaningful contact between individuals experiencing homelessness and members of the wider community has an eye opening benefit for all involved; the gift of seeing ourselves in the lives of others who may seem very different on the surface.
Jalen’s career goal is to be a dermatologist. He likes to cook, hang out at the PAL center in his neighborhood, and help his family members. The “Genius Hour” program at Baltimore County Public Schools is part of a worldwide movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. Jalen was recently nominated for an “Outstanding Youth Fundraiser” award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Maryland Chapter. Thank you, and Go Jalen!
CohnReznick's 14th Annual Baltimore City
Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Project PLASE
Project PLASE in UMBC Magazine!
Project PLASE was recently featured in a full article written by UMBC Magazine. The article features extensive interviews with Mary Slicher, our executive director and an alumnus of UMBC. To see the article on UMBC's website, click here! To access the article in pdf, click here!
Housing and Hope for Baltimore's Most Vulnerable Homeless Citizens