Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

WEST COUNTY *

October 01, 1992

Federal grant will help homeless shelter expand capacity, services

Sarah's House, a homeless shelter at Fort Meade, has received a $551,663 grant from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development to expand its capacity and services.

The grant will provide money that will allow the shelter, which currently houses 80 people, to accommodate 40 more individuals or 20 families. Funds will also go to the shelter's recently opened literacy center, to hire an instructor in basic skills and employment skills.

Part of the grant money will also be used to hire people who will tutor children at the literacy center, as well as to provide additional counseling and administrative services. The county will receive the money over five years.

The grant must be matched by in-kind services from the Department of Social Services, valued at 25 percent of the grant amount.

POLICE BEAT

Scuffle in bar leads to arrest

County police charged an Odenton man with battery and resisting arrest following a scuffle in an Odenton bar Monday evening.

Police said they were called to The Place, a bar in the 8300 block of Telegraph Road, at 9:15 p.m. for a man who was armed with a handgun.

When they asked him to turn around and put his hands on the wall, the man refused. One of the officers grabbed his arm, and a fight broke out when the man pushed back. It took five officers to subdue the man, who at one point hand an officer in a headlock, the police report said.

Earl Henry Stepp, 42, of the 1400 block of Odenton Road, also was charged with disorderly conduct.

AROUND TOWN

Two new members on Crofton committee

Two Crofton residents have been added to a five-member advisory committee that acts as a liaison between the community counselor and the civic association.

Paul Adams, a longtime resident and a former inspector general of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, and Margaret Holmes, who serves on the governor's foster care review board and has an undergraduate degree in human services, were appointed by association President Edwin F. Dosek.

Chaired by association board member Ken Folstein, the committee helps the association acts as a communication link between civic association members and the counselor.

Mrs. Holmes is the wife of Chris Holmes, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Crofton.

Ms. Holmes and Mr. Adams replace two committee members who recently resigned for personal reasons.

Hospital initiates new memorial program

The Greater Laurel Beltsville Hospital (GLBH) Foundation has established a memorial giving program that will provide an opportunity for individuals to offer a lasting tribute to a loved one.

Donations will enable the hospital to continue to provide quality patient care to the community.

The GLBH Foundation will send a special card recognizing the donor's thoughtfulness to the family of the deceased. The amount of the gift is kept confidential.

For more information on the program, please contact the foundation at 497-7913.

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