Wright foundation contributes $125,000 to Arc remodeling...

Community Notes

September 23, 2001

Wright foundation contributes $125,000 to Arc remodeling

The Wright Family Foundation has pledged $125,000 to The Arc of Howard County's $3.5 million capital improvement project to expand and renovate its building on Homewood Road in Ellicott City.

The gift is the latest in the Wright family's history of support for The Arc. The 5.3 acres on which The Arc's remodeled headquarters stands was donated by the Wright children in 1976 in memory of their father, D.H.A. Wright, who died in 1973. The building, which was closed for two years, will be rededicated Sept. 30 in honor of Wright and his wife, Helen Carroll Wright, who died in 1996.

The Wright grant matches a portion of a $375,000 challenge grant made earlier this year by the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation. The Greenfield family of Howard County, longtime supporters of The Arc, matched the first $125,000 installment of the Weinberg grant. The Wright Foundation grant, made in honor of Helen C. Wright, will match the second.

Started 40 years ago as a support group for parents of children with developmental disabilities, The Arc now has an annual operating budget of more than $9 million. Donations can be sent to The Arc of Howard County, Wright Building, 11735 Homewood Road, Ellicott City 21042. Information: 410- 730-0638.

Community college slates race discussions

Howard Community College will offer a series of discussions on race relations as part of its Dialogue-Action Circles program.

The circles are small-group discussions, led by trained facilitators, in which ideas about race relations can be exchanged honestly and openly.

The dialogues will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays - Oct. 12, 19 and 26 and Nov. 2, 9 and 16 in Room N115. Information: 410-772-4896.

Maintenance help offered to needy homeowners

Christmas in April Howard County is accepting applications from homeowners in need of assistance with home repair and maintenance projects. Elderly, disabled or economically disadvantaged homeowners may qualify for help.

Information and applications: 410-381-3338.

Caregiver center set to open next month

Caregiver Resource Center of Howard County - for caregivers to the elderly - will open late next month.

It will be the first center devoted to assisting caregivers in Howard County. Plans include expanding its services to caregivers to those with disabilities and chronic or terminal illnesses.

The center, a nonsectarian program of Jewish Family Services, will be funded in part through grants from Horizon Foundation and United Way. It is the brainchild of the Caregiver's Resource Coalition, a group of Howard County agencies.

The center, at 8950 Route 108 in Columbia, will operate on a schedule designed to accommodate working caregivers. A library, consultations, informational and referral services, and educational and support groups are planned.

Information: 410-715-5057.

Aging Parents Seminar offered by Winter Growth

Winter Growth, a Columbia assisted-living and day-care facility for the elderly, will offer its three-part, two-hour Aging Parents Seminar from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 9, 16 and 23 at Ruth Keeton House, 5466 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Admission is free.

Legal and financial considerations, housing, distance care, government programs and family relationships will be discussed.

Information: 410-964-9616.

Red Cross accepting donations for disaster fund

The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund is accepting donations to help support its relief efforts.

Contributions may be sent to the Central Maryland Chapter Red Cross, P.O. Box DISASTER RELIEF, Baltimore 21263-0020; by calling 1-800-737-0265; or online at www.redcross-cmd.org.

Spiritual center to sponsor workshop on grieving

Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will sponsor Grief: On the Edge of Despair from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Pastoral counselors Janet R. Merkel and K.E. Bailey III will lead the workshop about the spiritual work of grieving.

The cost is $45; lunch will be provided. Registration is required. Information: 410-442-1320.

Services help seniors, disabled stay independent

The Howard County Office on Aging provides services to help senior citizens and those with disabilities remain independent in their homes. Several services, including home modification and repair, a fall-prevention evaluation, mental health services and affordable in-home care are available.

Information: 410-313-6029.

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