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 seventeen years. Guests stay in the "Youth World" area below the Spirit Center and use the full bathrooms on the lower level.

2020 Recap

From Mar. 2 - 9, the Youth World wing of our church turned into a safe, warm haven for 12 – 14 guests each night. Volunteers provided three meals a day, overnight accommodations, activities, clean laundry, and transportation for our guests. Thank you to our many volunteers, including neighbors and relatives, families, Glen Mar groups, middle and high school youth, Sunday School children, Girl Scout Troop 1972, Boy Scout Troop 1997, and Facilities staff.

We appreciate the generous support from our community, including a wonderful meal from Tino's Italian Bistro. Thanks also to hair stylist Tess and massage therapist Amber for pampering our guests.

More Information

Contact Joan Marshall at for more information or with any questions.