CENTRAL COUNTY--Arnold * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville

January 06, 1993

Assistance network to offer budget help for needy people

The Severna Park Assistance Network (SPAN) plans this year to help clients develop working budgets, said Executive Director Barbara Birkenheuer.

The network of 10 Severna Park-area churches helps needy people with donations of food and money for necessities such as rent.

For the first time, SPAN hopes to "retrain clients to get them off the [welfare] system. We want to help them figure out what they can do to be more responsible financially," Ms. Birkenheuer said.

SPAN will continue to help the needy financially, but volunteers will also guide needy people in figuring out weekly and monthly budgets, she said. The network will provide budget sheets along with the financial advice.

"We want our policies to better service our clients and help them become self-sufficient," Ms. Birkenheuer said.

She added that the network has enough leftover food from Christmas donations to meet the demand, which has risen since Jan. 1. But monetary donations are greatly needed to help pay clients' medical and housing bills.

POLICE LOG

* Severna Park: A man reported to police that someone stole a flood light and extension cord from the front yard of his home in the 500 block of Cypress Lane between Dec. 31 and Monday.

* Cape Arthur: A resident told police that someone stole the Santa and reindeer that were in the front yard of his house in the 200 block of McKinsey Road Saturday.

* Macy's Corner: A resident told police someone broke into her home in the 500 block of B & A Blvd. Sunday. Police do not know exactly what was taken.

* Arnold: Burglars broke into a home in the 500 block of Bay Green Drive Friday night and took a compact disc player and two compact discs valued at $1,199.

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