Notice about ROAR's services during Covid-19 pandemic
The Rebuild, Overcome, and Rise (ROAR) Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore is required to follow the decisions made by the University regarding closures and other operational questions. Per the University’s mandate, as of Monday, March 16th, all of ROAR’s staff is required to telecommute foreseeably into 2021.
To prospective clients and referrals- The ROAR center has paused the onboarding of new clients due to an increased demand of our services.
To current and existing clients- We aim to continue ROAR’s services as best as possible under these conditions this means:
- All of ROAR’s staff members are working remotely and will have access to their email and phones during regular business hours.
- All face-to-face meetings at our offices or in clients’ homes will cease while the impact of the pandemic continues to unfold.
- Client meetings and legal/supportive services will be conducted by phone or video-conferencing.
As an organization committed to serving those who are often the most marginalized and disenfranchised, we are acutely aware of how the risk of Covid-19 infection is greatly increased for many of our clients' communities. We are committed to doing all we can to minimize the risk of infection to our clients, as well as to our staff and volunteers; AND we are even further committed to maintaining our usual array of services and responsiveness to the needs of the communities we serve and will continue to hold ourselves to the same excellent standards that we hope everyone has grown accustomed to.
Please be patient with our team during this unprecedented transition.
You may view updates on the University’s closure status here - https://www.umaryland.edu/coronavirus/
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 by providing holistic, client-driven services to survivors of crime and 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 wrap around services, which include legal, social work, nurse care management and therapy. We assist people of all ages, races, gender identities, and income levels.
ROAR is designed to offer access to wraparound support for survivors of crime 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).
YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE REPORTED THE CRIME TO POLICE.
At the ROAR Center, we believe that every person who experiences a crime deserves access to services and support that can help survivors rebuild and reclaim their lives. We know that far too many survivors of crime experience challenges with accessing legal services and participating in the criminal justice system. That is why the ROAR Center is particularly focused on serving those who are the least likely to trust the police, report their victimization, or participate during the investigation or prosecution process.
Our staff of attorneys, paralegals, social workers, and nurses are here to help you with many issues related to the crime you survived. You are not alone!
Call us at 410-706-2781 to get started.