Christmas tree profits to be donated to churchCLARKSVILLE...

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November 30, 1992|By From Staff Reports

HOWARD COUNTY CLARKSVILLE — Christmas tree profits to be donated to church

CLARKSVILLE -- Christmas has come early to a fire-damaged Clarksville church, with the help of a new garden center up the street.

The River Hill Garden Center, which opened in April, has agreed to donate some of its profits on Christmas tree sales to the Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church.

The proceeds will help the church replace items, such as choir robes, that were not covered by insurance, and build its fund for charitable causes.

An Oct. 17 fire in the church's sanctuary caused about $200,000 damage and forced the cancellation of the church's largest annual fund-raiser, which generates about $8,000 for church needs and outreach projects.

The 375-member church, 12702 Clarksville Pike, wouldn't have been able to provide financial assistance to the social services organizations during the holiday season if not for the garden center's help, said congregation member John Sirmon.

"Times are hard, but these people have stepped forward and really assisted us," he said. "It's a remarkable offer."

Shelter program provided at motels

COLUMBIA

COLUMBIA -- Grassroots, which operates a homeless shelter and crisis hot line in Columbia, has begun providing emergency shelter at motels to homeless persons.

The group took over the $65,000 motel shelter program, which previously was run by the Community Action Council, on Nov. 1. Starting today, two full-time case managers will work with clients staying in the motels. The cost is covered through a $315,000 grant -- a combination of Howard County and state money -- for preventing homelessness.

The goal is to help the motel clients design a plan that will allow them to live independently.

"The clients must be willing and able to confront the obstacles to finding permanent housing," said Grassroots Executive Director Andrea Ingram.

For example, if a client can't find a job, he or she should be ready to work closely with Grassroots staff to find one. This may involve applying for three jobs a day.

"It's a whole program, not just a roof over their heads," Ms. Ingram said.

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