The Rebuild, Overcome, and Rise (ROAR) Center aims to co-create with survivors a community in which people who experience crime or systemic injustice are empowered to achieve their own sense of justice, healing, and well-being.
To engage with individuals and communities in Baltimore City affected by crime by providing holistic, client-driven services to survivors of crime and supporting (influencing?) efforts to reform systemic responses to crime.
The ROAR Center at UMB is a "one-stop-shop" in Baltimore City where victims of crime, whom we call survivors, can access the fullest possible range of wraparound legal, social, medical, and mental health services — all in one place.
ROAR is designed to offer easy and broad access to wraparound support for survivors and their impacted family members. We support survivors who have experienced all types of crime, including:
- Family members of homicide victims
- Sexual and physical assaults
- Intimate partner violence
- Hate and bias crimes
- Police-perpetrated and retaliation crimes
- Identity theft and fraud (including wage theft)
At the ROAR Center, we believe that every person who experiences a crime deserves access to legal services and wraparound support that can help survivors rebuild and reclaim their lives. Because we know that far too many survivors of crime experience challenges with accessing and/or participating within the legal and/or criminal justice system, ROAR is particularly focused on serving those who are the least likely to report their crimes to the police, actively cooperate with police during the criminal investigation and prosecution process, and/or seek help from the criminal justice system. For this reason, at The ROAR Center, survivors of crime do not need to have reported their crime to the police to get help from us, and we assist people of all income levels.