I found this organization on Inhabitat and was taken by the beautiful renovation they'd done of a former brewery that closed in 1973. It's a stunning building wonderfully repurposed. I wondered about who would undertake such a project, grateful for their initiatives. It turns out, the building is only half the story. The organization, Humanim, is a wonderful non-profit in Baltimore striving to help people living with special needs find work:
Humanim’s mission is to identify those in greatest need and provide uncompromising human services.
Humanim’s vision is that all people in our community have access to the human services that they need. We believe that a diversity of human services within one company fosters expedient access to care and encourages a holistic approach to services. Diverse and complimentary programs benefit the individual served, their families, referral sources and the local community.
Humanim is moving into the area of social enterprise and envision about 30% of their work will be directed at that in the future. They recently merged with Harbor City Service to reenforce this initiative.
The cool thing about Humanim is that they are interested in re-investing in the community, not just through manpower, but through their headquarters. It speaks to the core of their values. If you look at the people Humanim works for, they can easily be correlated to their headquarters. People living with special needs can sometimes be seen as not being useful. The building that Humanim worked to restore was seen as a blight, ready to be discarded. But Humanim saw something different. They saw something that was part of the fabric of what makes Baltimore great, just like they see the greatness in the people they help to find work. It's quite a beautiful building they have, as well as an organization.