Details team named “Innovator of the Year;” City pilot program declared a win-win


The winning Details team!

We are so proud to announce that the Details team has been named Innovator of the Year by the Maryland Daily Record. The award recognizes individuals and companies that have created a product, service or program that has had a positive effect on their business, industry or community.

Details, one of Humanim’s social enterprises, is a nonprofit deconstruction business with a social mission: creating jobs for people who, for many reasons, have faced difficulty getting hired. We train and hire men and women to take apart buildings - rather than demolishing them - and then we salvage the materials for resale, reuse or repurposing.

The Daily Record awarded Details Vice-President Jeff Carroll and the Details team Innovator of the Year specifically for our work to bring deconstruction jobs to and remove blight from Baltimore’s most underserved neighborhoods. A pilot project with the City to remove vacant properties and make way for green space is considered a model by Baltimore leaders of best practices and innovative thinking.

In fact, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Deputy Housing Commissioner Michael Braverman, community leaders and others gathered recently in the 1800 block of Etting Street, the site of the latest Details deconstruction project, to declare the program a success!

 “Removing blight, developing green space and creating jobs through the deconstruction pilot has tremendously impacted this community and others throughout Baltimore,” Rawlings-Blake said. “The pilot has been a huge success. I look forward to making it a permanent part of our demolition program.”

The deconstruction pilot program, which was launched in April 2014 as a part of Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s Vacants to Value initiative, is believed to be the first project of its kind nationwide. The program began by targeting 50 buildings and has now grown to 63 properties and counting.

Even more importantly, Details has created 26 new jobs for those with barriers to employment, complete with benefits and on-the-job training.

Crew leader Bernadette Buckson shared with Mayor Rawlings-Blake and others how important the Details job, and subsequent promotions and raises, has been to her.


Crew Leader Bernadette Buckson shows Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake how to operate a brick cleaner.

“This job has meant so much to me,” Buckson said. “I had the opportunity to start my life all over.”

Multiple Accreditations Signal Commitment to Quality

This fall, Humanim was recognized for the seventh time in a row by CARF International for maintaining the highest level of quality in its disability services.

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities – or CARF International – is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. Providers that meet the organization's standards have demonstrated a commitment to being "among the best available," according to CARF's website.

CARF accreditation – which lasts three years -- is bestowed after a rigorous review process. Humanim has applied for and received the honor seven consecutive times – for a total of 21 years of continuous accreditation.

We're also proud to announce that, for the fourth time in a row, Humanim has been awarded Standards for Excellence accreditation by Maryland Nonprofits.

Standards for Excellence is a distinction given to organizations who have met a set of rigorous management, governance, financial and performance evaluation measures.

"Standards for Excellence is a voluntary accreditation that Humanim seeks to ensure that we are meeting the highest standards of management," said Chief Operating Officer Lori Somerville. "It's a tremendous amount of work – our work and policies are examined with a fine-tooth comb – but we do it to ensure that we are constantly improving our processes."

Humanim first applied for and earned Standards for Excellence in 2001. This fourth award is a five-year accreditation, and will last until 2020.

For our efforts, Humanim will be honored at Maryland Nonprofits' Annual Conference, Connecting for Impact: Justice for All this Friday, November 13 in Washington, D.C.

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