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.

Winter 2020: Glen Mar to host March 2 - 9, 2020

The 2019-2020 Cold Weather Shelter season will begin in November 2019 and will run through the beginning of April, 2020. Glen Mar will operate the shelter during from Monday, March 2 through Monday, March 9, 2020.

How You Can Help

Sign-ups for volunteers will begin in February. More information will be posted here later.

Download the Cold Weather Shelter Volunteer Positions handout to explore the various options.

More Information

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