Glen Mar to Host Cold Weather Shelter March 2 - 9, 2020
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. The 2019-2020 Cold Weather Shelter season began in November 2019 and will run through the beginning of April, 2020.
How You Can Help
Sign up online below, or in the Gathering Place during Feb. 8/9 and 15/16 services. Please note: Bulk supplies are due at church on Sunday, March 1 by 3 p.m., or later in the week as indicated on the sign-up sheet. Confirmands and their parents/friends-in-faith or youth looking for service hours must sign up during the sign-up period along with the rest of the congregation. Anyone interested in babysitting should contact Joan Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org (no online signup).
Download the Cold Weather Shelter Volunteer Positions handout for an overview of opportunities.
Sign Up Online Now
Click on the links below to sign up via SignUp Genius. Please look for a confirmation email with detailed instructions. You will also receive an additional, separate email allowing you to opt in to text reminders.
Donate Bulk items
Weekend Hot Breakfast
Lunch (sandwiches only)
Contact Joan Marshall at email@example.com for more information or with any questions.
Youth World becomes the Cold Weather Shelter for a week
Common area for dining and relaxing
Placemats made by Sunday School children
Classrooms are used for bedrooms
CWS Van provides transportation for guests
Dinner is served nightly, with breakfast in the morning and a sack lunch to go
Volunteers donate delicious desserts
Groups such as Boy Scout Troop 1997 volunteer together
Evening activities include bingo with Girl Scout Troop 1972
Guests enjoy decorating cookies
Volunteers take evening and overnight shifts with Grassroots staff
Volunteers do cleaning and laundry