Glen Mar to host the Cold Weather Shelter from March 4 – 11, 2019

The Cold Weather Shelter (CWS) is an annual program that provides overflow shelter for up to 26 homeless persons...
The program runs from November to 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, providing the facility, transportation, meals, laundry service, activities, and daily operations. Grassroots provides administrative coordination and a staff person to act as the team leader during the hours that the shelter is open, from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily.

Glen Mar has participated in the Cold Weather Shelter program for the past sixteen years. Guests stay in the "Youth World" area below the Spirit Center and use the full bathrooms on the lower level.


Sign Up to Help Out

Sign up in person: Come to the Gathering Place on Feb. 16/17.

Sign up online: Click on the links below to sign up via SignUpGenius (one for each area of responsibility). New this year: You will receive a separate email allowing you to opt in to text reminders.

Sign up for Evening or Overnight Shift
Sign up for Transportation
Sign up for Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Sign up for Laundry
Sign up for Housekeeping
Sign up to Contribute Bulk Items

Help with Activities or Children: If you are interested in helping with activities or playing with the children, please contact us at

Not sure how to help? Download the Cold Weather Shelter Volunteer Positions handout to explore the various options.

Donate Money or Gift Cards

Monetary donations are 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. 16/17. Note: Per Grassroots policy, we are unable to accept donations of clothing, money, or items for guests. Contact Grassroots to coordinate directly.

Gift cards are needed as prizes for bingo. Special CWS Gift Card sheets will be available at the CWS table in the Gathering Place on Feb. 16/17. Take one to the Gift Card table to buy your gift card, return the gift card to the basket on the CWS table, and jot down what you've contributed on our list of donations.

More Information

Contact Alison Zuzak or Janet Eagles at for more information or with any questions.