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Please note that HARBEL Prevention and Recovery has entered Phase 2 of reopening as of Monday, July 6, 2020 (Phase 1 allowed in-person intakes and individual sessions). Normal business hours have resumed and intakes, individual sessions, IOP, and therapy groups will be conducted in-person with appropriate hygiene and social distancing measures in place. Education groups will continue to take place virtually only. Clients also have the option to participate in individual sessions virtually if they choose (audio AND video required).

ALL individuals entering the building continue to be required to wear a facial mask or covering while in the building. Client and visitor temperatures will be screened when entering the building as well (using a no-contact method) and the use of hand sanitizer is strongly encouraged. Any clients or visitors that have had COVID related symptoms or exposure will need medical clearance to enter the building. We also strongly recommend any client or visitor returning from national or international travel quarantine for 14 days prior to entering the building.

Effective 7/6/2020 our office hours are:
Monday through Thursday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Fridays: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Please call 410-444-2100 for general questions or to schedule an intake.


Dear Community Members,
HARBEL Community Organization, Inc., is providing the following message as guidance due to the recent developments relating to coronavirus (COVID-19). The World Health Organizationand the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have published advice to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like coronavirus and influenza. The recommendations include:
•Stay informed. Daily updates are added to the CDC website at
•Stay home if you are sick.
•Wash your hands often with soap and water for no less than 20 seconds. If you use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, make sure it contains a minimumof 60% alcohol in its list of ingredients.(Clean hands after touching elevator buttons, grocery carts, public door handles, gas pump handles, etc.)
•Avoid putting your hands in your mouth or rubbing your eyes with unwashed hands.
•Use tissues when you sneeze or cough, and immediately discard the tissue. If you don’t have any tissue, sneeze or cough into your flexed elbow.
•Do not have close contact with others who have flu-like symptoms.
•Disinfect objects and surfaces regularly as viruses survive on objects and surfaces for hours and days.
•Find more tips on emergency wellness preparedness at well-being of our community members and staffwill always be our main priority.
As such, we must stay ready by using best judgment when conducting community activities. The best way to prevent illness is to limit exposure to this virus. If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath please seek medical attention and refrain from participating in community events. HARBEL will continue to provide services to the community as long as it is safe for all. I implore you to keep health at the forefront of your decision-making in all that you do in the coming days and weeks.
Roxanne Fuentes, LCSW-CExecutive Director

HARBEL offers the following services

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Housing Partnership

The Housing Partnership serves communities in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Home buyers should seek services from the housing counseling agency where they are most likely to purchase a home.

Prevention & Recovery

An outpatient substance abuse prevention and treatment center which serves adults and adolescents in Baltimore City. An emphasis is placed on primarily serving uninsured Baltimore City Residents.

Community services

Our Community Relations program has the most far-reaching positive impact on all of our member associations in the Northeast.

Did You Know ?

134    the number of Baltimore families that realized their dream of home ownership through HARBEL's Housing Partnership.

450    the number of people HARBEL Prevention and Recovery helped in their fight against addiction.

30    the number of community organizations HARBEL's Community Relations worked directly with to build stronger neighborhoods and make our streets safer.

A Bit of history ...
for your information.

On February 12, 1969, a joint meeting of the Harford Road and Belair Road Ministeriums was held at the Lauraville Methodist Church. The purpose of the meeting was to form an interfaith clergy and lay the Steering Committee charged with the responsibility to determine the need and responsibility of establishing an area wide federation of neighborhood organizations which could work together for the good of the community. The Steering Committee, chaired by Father E. Huesman, met weekly and consulted with various urban church leaders and university professors. In May, a set of goals were adopted, and by June, the group had pronounced the "HARBEL proposal "a document outlining community problems, and suggesting a concept and budget for a professionally directed community organization. Using this proposal, the Committee spent 14 months (June 1969 to August 1970) attending various meetings, explaining their proposal, and securing pledges of financial support. They also met regularly to shape and to refine the HARBEL concept by listening to suggestions from every corner of the HARBEL area.

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In August 1970, the Steering Committee entered into an agreement with Lutheran Social Services of Maryland and secured the services of its program coordinator, David J. Wecht. At this time thirteen interdenominational congregations formed the Steering Committee. In September 1970, Father Huesman stepped down from the chairmanship after the 18 months of skillful leadership during the formative stages of HARBEL. Mr. William L. Clark was elected to succeed Father Huesman.

On October 1, 1970, HARBEL was incorporated in Maryland as a not-for profit corporation. The Steering Committee became the first Board of Directors of the Harford Road-Belair Road Community Services of Lutheran Social Services Program, coordinator David Wecht and the hiring of the organizations first full time secretary Regina Wirtanen (now Buker). The HARBEL Community Organization Community Services Program was off and running.

Member Groups And Services Are Added:

HARBEL began to grow as the needs of the community were identified and addressed. New programs were formed as direct providers to HARBEL area residents. In 1974, the community Mental Health Center was begun and in 1975, the Evolution Program, a youth service program now part of HARBEL Prevention and Recovery Center,was initiated. The HARBEL mayor's station was added in 1976.

The year 1977 saw the opening of the HARBEL Multi-purpose Center, now the current site of the organization. In addition to HARBEL sponsored programs, Mercy Hospital opened the Mercy/HARBEL Primary Care Clinic. When Mercy Hospital elected to close the primary Care Clinic in 1984, HARBEL programs quickly expanded into the newly available space.

In 1985, the HARBEL Alcohol Services Program was begun. It soon became apparent that there was a need in the community for a program that would treat drug abuse as well as alcohol abuse and the program expanded and became the HARBEL Substance Abuse Services Program. In the mid 1990s HARBEL youth services and adult services program combined their resources, and formed HARBEL Prevention and Recovery Center. The program currently provides out patient substance abuse treatment to adult and adolescents.

The HARBEL Youth Diversion Program, which began in 1987 and located off site, closed in the early 1990s.

The Community Mental Health Center expanded to become an independent corporation., The Harford-Belair Community Mental Health Center, in 1987. In July of 1988, the HARBEL Mayor's Station became the Mayor's Station at HARBEL, working directly for the city. While these two programs are no longer HARBEL programs, they are still serving the community. In June of 1992, the Harford-Belair Community Mental Health Center moved to their own building at 4308 Hartford Road. The Mayor's Station is now part of the city's services at 5225 York Road in the Govans area.

In September of 1993, with the support of 12 community financial institutions, the HARBEL Housing Partnership was initiated. The Partnership provides comprehensive education and counseling services designed for the first-time home buyer. This program serves portions of Baltimore City and Baltimore County. In October of 1993, with a Community Development Block Grant from Baltimore City, The Homeowners Assistance Renovation Program was begun. This Program provided specification writing assistance to income-eligible homeowners and is a city-wide program.

HARBEL has grown from a small organization of 13 churches and two staff attempting to work on a myriad of concerns, to an organization of tremendous size and influence. There are now ninety-one member organizations, including school PTAs, business associations, civic associations, community groups, churches, two hospitals, and a mental health center. HARBEL operates eight direct service programs and continues to serve Northeast residents with a staff of 31 persons and an annual budget in excess of $810,000.