By Joan Marshall
Each year, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center sponsors a Cold Weather Shelter during the winter months to provide short-term shelter for those in need in Howard County. Faith congregations sign up to “host” each week of the shelter, which typically operates from late November through the beginning of April. Glen Mar has been a host congregation each year since the shelter opened in 2004.
Due to COVID restrictions, last year’s Cold Weather Shelter housed guests in a local hotel instead of in faith community buildings like our church. Congregations still sponsored a week’s worth of meals for their guests as well as funds for laundry machines in the hotel. Due to the challenges presented by the pandemic last year, Glen Mar chose to provide catered meals during our week. Thankfully, this was possible due to generous prior contributions from the Glen Mar congregation.
This winter, Glen Mar will host the Cold Weather Shelter from January 31 through February 7, 2022. Like last year, our guests will be housed in a local hotel. Unlike last year, we hope that Glen Mar volunteers will make individually packaged breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for our guests. We will also need volunteers to deliver meals to the hotel and evening volunteers to deliver dinner meals to guests’ rooms. In addition, Glen Mar will make a financial contribution to cover in-house laundry expenses for our guests.
Glen Mar has a team of coordinating volunteers that is chaired by Joan Marshall and co-chaired by Kate Niccolini.
A SignUpGenius will be posted later this fall for specific volunteer slots. Many more volunteers will be needed this year as compared to last year. Please consider how you might be called to help to support this important ministry. Email any questions.