Anne Arundel County officials say they expect to know in mid-January how much additional money they'll be giving the Harundale Youth and Family Service Center.
"It's looking as though we may be able to assist them modestly," said county Human Services Officer Ardath Cade.
She said the sum would be nowhere near the $46,000 the county cut from the center's funding this year.
That money would have been used to hire two more counselors, which Ms. Cade says are needed to shorten the center's waiting list for services. Usually, about 40 families are on the waiting list.
The counseling service in Harundale Mall received $78,310.
The private sector had offered the $250,000 it would take to turn the larger donated space the owners of Harundale Mall have offered the center into offices and counseling rooms.
The center counsels about 150 families a year in individual sessions, plus hundreds of children, teen-agers and young adults.
Volunteer group started by 11-year-old
Happy Helpers for the Homeless was organized in March by Amber Coffman, an 11-year-old sixth grader at Old Mill Middle School.
Every Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m., Amber and other young volunteers, ages 6 to 19, gather at her apartment in the 400 block of Old Stage Road and put together lunches of sandwiches, fruits, pastries and a drink.
Her mother takes them to the Glen Burnie Salvation Army Office by 1 p.m. to be distributed to area homeless and needy.
Youths 6 to 19 who want to volunteer should call 766-4973.