Like so many others, their stories include a “breaking point” when they reached bottom and sought the help that they so desperately needed. For Matt, it was after a stretch of homelessness on the streets of Baltimore. And for Tom, it was during a summer in a 6’x8’ cell in section K of the Baltimore City jail. But it wasn’t the arrival at this low point that would finally make the difference; it was something specific about the approach to recovery at their new home for the next year – Helping Up Mission (HUM) in Baltimore.
To learn about the origins of Summit Community Foundation, it’s important to know more about its founders – Tom Bond and Matt Brown. Both men grew up in the Baltimore area, and at a young age both began a long battle with addiction that would include crime, relapse, homelessness, and prison.
While it’s commonly accepted that addiction is a disorder that has biological, psychological, and social origins; most recovery programs don’t provide holistic treatment across all three spectrums. While the biological and psychological are typically the most common focus, it’s the social aspect that many times needs the most attention. The need for true community drives so many to feed the disease of addiction in an effort to replace what only other human beings can provide.
Matt Brown / Founder
Matt Brown / Founder
Matt Brown is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Summit Community Health. His journey to this role is filled with experience. A 2013 graduate of a yearlong Substance Use Disorder (SUD) recovery program, Matt has firsthand knowledge of the struggles associated with the disease of addiction and the path to self-sufficiency and recovery.
Matt grew up in Carroll County, Maryland. His introduction to narcotic pain medication came after a season ending football injury. The division one football scholarship was replaced with active SUD and homelessness. Matt regularly shares his story with corporate executives as well as educational institutions.
Matt currently sits on a Technical Expert Panel for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as well as a variety of advisory boards ranging from the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development to Anne Arundel Community College, Mechatronics Technology program. Matt regularly makes recommendations around recruitment and outreach; business development; program training overviews; and revenue generating activities. He also works closely with community stakeholders to develop robust plans of advocacy for folks with SUD.
In his free time Matt can be found training for his next marathon or hiking mountains in Wyoming. He is married to his lovely wife Misha. They both share a similar passion, helping others find their community.