Winter shelter for homeless opening in Howard

County churches volunteer to assist

November 18, 2010|By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun

Homeless people in Howard County feeling the sting of winter's cold can, for the eighth consecutive year, seek a nighttime refuge in the county's church-based cold-weather shelter, which begins services Monday night.

This year, 16 churches have volunteered to work with the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, the county's main homeless shelter on Freetown Road, and county workers to operate the shelter for 18 weeks, through the end of March. People who need shelter at night should call Grassroots' crisis line at 410-531-6677 and make a reservation for the shelter. Transportation is provided from the Mall in Columbia.

The shelter holds up to 23 people per night from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. Each church provides space for sleeping and volunteers to help with laundry, food distribution, transportation, clothing and other requirements. The shelter moves from week to week.

Participating churches are Atholton Seventh-day Adventist, Bethany United Methodist, Christ Memorial Presbyterian, Columbia Community Church, Cornerstone Community, Covenant Baptist, First Presbyterian, Alberta Gary Memorial United Methodist, Glen Mar United Methodist, Grace Community, Kittamaqundi Community, Linden-Linthicum United Methodist, Owen Brown Interfaith Center, St. John Baptist, St. John Evangelical Lutheran and St. Paul's Catholic Church.

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