Recent events in Baltimore have been unsettling, causing unrest both here at home and around the country. Baltimore is a beautiful, diverse city, full of local history and distinct neighborhoods and these events have made a lasting impact on everyone in the community. I have been a resident of Baltimore for more than 20 years and have grown attached to the warmth and welcoming nature of the people of this town. Although Baltimore is a major city, it has a close-knit community and small-town feel. Baltimore is a place where I continue to be proud to call home.
My organization, Business Health Services (BHS), is a Baltimore-based company and national provider of behavioral health services, employee assistance programs, and wellness and coaching solutions, all with a focus on bettering lives. At BHS, we are familiar with helping others find support for issues of trauma, stress and critical incidents, but this doesn’t make things any easier when critical events occur in our own community. It is important in challenging times to be able to turn to experts, problem-solve and provide help and resources to those in need. Recently we started some community-based initiatives, including sponsoring a food drive with the Maryland Food Bank to help feed Marylanders in our local community, and we will continue to do what we can to provide resources and support to those who need it.
It is a testament to this city and the resilience and strength of the community that we have been able to join together during these difficult times. Now, more than ever, it is up to us to continue to work together as a team and support individuals, businesses and organizations in our own local community. While we can’t change the past, Baltimore now has the opportunity to serve as a catalyst for positive, lasting change, not only within the state of Maryland but also throughout the entire nation.