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 sixteen 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 have showers for the use of our guests.

Winter 2018 Recap

The Cold Weather Shelter at Glen Mar was held from March 12- 19, 2018. Throughout the week we served 9 men, 9 women, and 3 children. The week could not have happened without the help of the over 80 volunteers from Glen Mar, including individuals, families, small groups, neighbors, the Glen Mar middle school youth, Glen Mar Sunday School children, Girl Scout troop, pastors, and facilities and janitorial staff. We thank Glen Mar for all of the support that was provided. Our thanks and appreciation also go out to the following restaurants who gave so willingly to help others in our community:

  • Tino’s Italian Bistro off of Centre Park Drive
  • McDonald’s at Long Gate Shopping Center
  • Jason’s Deli on McGaw Rd.
  • Chick-Fil-A on Executive Park Drive

For more information, contact Alison Zuzak, Betty Pearson, or Janet Eagles at