The Cold Weather Shelter (CWS) is an annual program that provides overflow shelter for homeless persons from November through March. It is a partnership between Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc. (the county's only homeless shelter), the faith community, and the Howard County government. Several Howard County congregations host the shelter for one or two weeks each. Grassroots provides administrative coordination and a staff person to act as the team leader during the hours that the shelter is open.

Glen Mar has participated in the Cold Weather Shelter program for the past fifteen years. We use the "Youth World" area below the Spirit Center, which allows our guests to have some privacy while church activities continue in other areas. The Youth Lounge provides a common area for eating and socializing, while the classrooms are used for sleeping areas. The bathrooms on the lower level also have showers for the use of our guests.

Winter 2018: Glen Mar to host March 12 - 19

The 2017-2018 Cold Weather Shelter season began on November 20, 2017 and will run through March 30, 2018. Glen Mar will operate the shelter from Monday, March 12 through Monday, March 19, 2018.

Volunteer signups will take place Feb. 17/18 and Feb. 24/25 in the Gathering Place, and online via SignUpGenius beginning on Feb. 17. Bulk items are also needed, and will be due at church on Sunday, March 11 by 3 p.m., or later in the week as indicated on the sign-up sheet. Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks can be made out to Grassroots to support the overall costs of helping the homeless, or to Glen Mar Church to help defray the costs incurred at our shelter. Envelopes will be available in the Gathering Place on Feb. 17/18 and Feb. 24/25.

Sign Up Online to Help

Click on the links below to sign up online via SignUpGenius.
Sign Up to Volunteer
Sign Up to Contribute Bulk Items

Learn More

To find out what kinds of volunteer positions are available, download the volunteer flyer here.

For more information about this ministry, or to help with the planning, contact Alison Zuzak, Betty Pearson, and Janet Eagles at

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