Human Services moves to Barrelhouse Aid agencies occupy building

February 18, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. will be closed today through Tuesday during a staff move to new offices on the ground level of the Barrelhouse at 10 Distillery Drive in Westminster.

The agency's staff is glad to be able to stay in the same building because it houses a range of services for low-income people, said Lynda Gainor, deputy director of Human Services.

"The whole Barrelhouse has become a place for citizens to get help," Mrs. Gainor said.

Human Services operates a shelter for women and children and the Carroll County Family Center, a support program for young parents, on the third floor of the building.

The building also houses the Carroll County Department of Social Services, the county's citizen service and housing offices, and Carroll County Food Sunday, a volunteer-operated food bank.

Low-income residents can find most of the government programs they need in the Barrelhouse, the Westminster housing office across the parking lot and the Carroll County Health Department about two miles away on Washington Road.

Human Services had to move because the Department of Social Services needed to expand its offices into the second-floor space it provided free to the agency.

Human Services, a private, nonprofit agency, grew out of the emergency program at social services to become independent in 1988. The county commissioners let the agency move to the ground floor of the Barrelhouse rent-free and renovated the open area into offices.

Mrs. Gainor said the move will give Human Services more office space and more private rooms for confidential interviews with clients.

The new office space takes up what used to be a large room that was used for collecting and distributing donations of clothing, Christmas gifts and food.

Mrs. Gainor said she was not sure where future donations would be stored and distributed.

Food Sunday will distribute federal surplus food when it becomes available, she said.

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