Home for nonprofit groups now a `Multiservice Center'

North Laurel/Savage

February 04, 2007

The cooperative center created by nonprofit organizations to reach residents in the southeast area of Howard County has a new name: North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center.

The center, in the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, offers help with housing, food, fuel and utilities and crisis intervention for those in need.

Representatives of the Department of Social Services help residents apply for food stamps, cash assistance and medical assistance. The department joins the Community Action Council, Domestic Violence Center, Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, FIRN, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and the Legal Aid Bureau in offering services at the center at 9105 All Saints Road.

Family and Children's Services offers counseling, employee assistance, in-home services for elderly and disabled people and a Healthy Families program for first-time parents. Third-party insurance is accepted; uninsured clients pay on a sliding scale.

The Community Action Council offers help with food, eviction prevention, energy assistance and crisis intervention.

Kristin Lilly, FIRN's information and referral counselor, is fluent in Spanish and can assist with medical bills, applying for a tax identification number, legal referrals, birth certificates, housing and passports. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Domestic Violence Center is available to help people in immediate crisis from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Walk-ins are welcome. Information: 301-498-7509 or 410-997-2272 (a 24-hour hot line).

Counselor Dianne DeSantis of Grassroots is available to help with crisis resolution. Information: 301-498-7509, Ext. 302, or call the 24-hour hot line, 410-531-6677.

Barbara Coleman of the Legal Aid Bureau is available to help with issues such as denial of Social Security benefits, welfare, or unemployment benefits; foreclosures, bankruptcy, custody, domestic violence, landlord-tenant problems, rights of the elderly and other difficulties. Services are not provided for criminal or traffic court cases.

Information or to schedule an appointment with any of the agencies: 301-498-7509.

Historical society to meet in Savage

The Savage Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Faith & Ministry Center, 9032 Baltimore St., Savage.

Carolyn Adami will present "A Look at Slavery and the Underground Railroad in Howard County." Admission is free and open to everyone.

The society is collecting World War II photographs and information about veterans from the Savage area. Materials are due by March 31.

Historical calendars from 2002 to 2007 are available before the meeting, between 6:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

Information: 301-725-1241.

Around Town

Winter classes -- Registration is open for winter classes, sponsored by South Laurel Recreation Council, for children, teens and adults. Classes are held at Montpelier, James H. Harrison and Oaklands elementary schools and Montpelier Carriage House. Yoga, tai chi and Pilates are offered, as are ballroom dance, salsa, Latin dance, Latin line dance and country line dance classes. Also offered are scrapbooking, self-defense, stamping, tea basics, chess, exploring cryptograms and codes, knitting and floral design. Some classes have begun. 301-776-2805.

Super supper -- Laurel Historical Society, which operates the museum, will present a talk by Charles Camp about "The Importance of Supper" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 424 Main St., Laurel. The free program, which is sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, will be preceded by a potluck supper. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Admission is free. 301-725-7975, or www.laurel history.org.

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