The Cold Weather Shelter (CWS) is an annual program that provides overflow shelter for up to 30 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 typically for one week each, providing their facility, transportation, meals, laundry service, activities, and daily operations. Glen Mar has participated in the Cold Weather Shelter program for the past seventeen years.

Cold Weather Shelter 2020-2021

This winter’s Cold Weather Shelter program has been adapted to work a little differently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests are staying in a local hotel, with congregations arranging for meals and providing volunteers to assist Grassroots staff in the evenings. Glen Mar will participate in early March 2021. More information, including details on how you can get involved, will be provided in January. If you have questions before then, contact Joan Marshall at cws@glenmarumc.org.