Carroll to open crisis shelter for women, children...

Carroll Digest

April 28, 2002

Carroll to open crisis shelter for women, children

Carroll County will use a $110,000 state grant to operate a crisis shelter for women and children.

The money, available July 1 through Maryland Department of Human Resources, will pay for 23 beds a year and supplies. It will also fund the salary of a full-time program coordinator and 10 relief managers who will provide 24-hour daily coverage.

The shelter is located in the Distillery Building on Railroad Avenue in Westminster.

Program for seniors could lose its funding

Keep In Touch, a county Bureau of Aging program that telephones about 75 isolated seniors daily, could lose its funding.

The bureau hired a coordinator with a United Way grant five years ago. Program staff served as many as 150 seniors, calling them at a designated time each day to check on their safety. Volunteers also make random social calls throughout the week. The grant has expired, and organizers are scrambling for $30,000 to continue the program.

"In some cases, we have discovered people who have fallen or been injured," said Jan Flora, chief of the Bureau of Aging. "We don't want to see this program fall by the wayside, but its funding is uncertain."

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