Tamar's Children is a non-profit organization that provides residential rehabilitation services for non-violent pregnant inmates who are transitioning to life outside prison. The women participate in a comprehensive program of group therapy and increase their self-esteem and learn how to become better mothers. Women remain at Tamar's for the duration for their pregnancy and through the first 6 months of their baby's life. UMANS students invited two program participants to the SON to talk about their experiences. Students also held a drive for household goods, baby clothes, and maternity clothes which were presented to the Tamar's participants at their holiday party.
Paul's Place is a community-oriented center that provides meals, limited health care and clothing for the homeless of Baltimore. Each semester a group of UMANS students volunteer once a month to provide whatever help the center requests. This has included separating donated clothing, wiping down dining tables and providing any assistance needed by the diners during lunch and serving as an escort for participant shoppers during shopping hours.
UMANS students visit community nursing homes with their pets to entertain the residents. We are told that the residents look very much forward to these events. By donating our time and our cuddly companions, we hope to continue to bring smiles to the faces of others.
UMANS students visit the pediatric unit at the University of Maryland Medical System hospital and provide craft activities and games. Crafts are often donated by the Starlight Foundation and/or Johnson and Johnson. Children of varying ages and illnesses gather in the forrest area where they get to "forget" their troubles for just long enough to have some fun and express their creativity. Students tend to enjoy themselves just as much as the children do!