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Grassroots Launches Social Media Campaign on Behalf of LGBTQ+ Community

Grassroots Launches Social Media Campaign on Behalf of LGBTQ+ Community

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center Executive Director Ayesha Holmes has announced a week-long social media campaign to raise awareness and increase acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community.

“During PRIDE month, we want to remind everyone that Grassroots is a Safe Space, and our counselors are dedicated to serving people who are struggling with issues of self-identify, especially those with mental health concerns,” Holmes noted. “We don’t want people to feel they are alone. We are ready to be of help,” she added.

Grassroots, a Howard County-based non-profit, provides 24-hour crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and support to individuals and families with a mental health, substance use or homelessness crisis. The organization recognized the need for increased understanding, acceptance and support of the LGBTQ+ community and created a Safe Space program three years ago.

In addition to support for individuals, Grassroots is providing a competency training for professionals and community members on the subject of LGBTQ+ and Suicide. The aim is to reduce the incidence of suicidality within the LGBTQ+ community by moving society from tolerance to acceptance of it.

Safe Space training discusses how to better support LGBTQ+ individuals and their loved ones in accessing care and treatment, differences in acceptance and tolerance, the history and evolution of language in the LGBTQ+ community, sexuality issues and gender specific issues, and their impacts on mental health.

Grassroots counselors recognize the special needs of Black, indigenous and people of color who are members of the LGBTQ+ community and are prepared to support them.

Grassroots has seen an increase in calls to its hotline since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and callers indicate their mental and emotional health has been affected by fear and uncertainty. This situation is worsened for people who are struggling with other issues, such as their self-identity and acceptance.

“We want LGBTQ+ people to know that, through the isolation they may be experiencing, the questions about identity they may be exploring, and potential low support they may be met with, Grassroots is here for you,” said Maggie McCleary, LGBTQ Programming Consultant. “You have a safe space with us.”

Grassroots’ PRIDE social media series will include personal stories and Safe Space training information for members of the LGBTQ+ community as well as the general public. See the Friends of Grassroots Crisis Intervention Facebook Page and @friendsofgrassroots on Instagram.

News Updates from Grassroots

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Dinner meals for Grassroots Needed

Dinner meals for Grassroots Needed

Grassroots continues to provide shelter and food for homeless families and individuals in our shelter.  We are asking for help from the community with providing and delivering cooked dinner meals for residents during the month of April (and beyond).    You can sign up for a specific evening and drop the meal off in our… Continue Reading

Grassroots Needs Your Help

Grassroots Needs Your Help

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A message to the community regarding practices now in place at Grassroots in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

As Howard County’s 24-7 crisis intervention center and shelter for the homeless, Grassroots is committed to providing as much service to the community as possible during the public health threat posed by COVID-19. We are also using every measure necessary to ensure the safety of our residents and staff members. The following practices are now… Continue Reading

Grassroots Implements COVID-19 Plan

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Soup’r Sundae Is  Sunday, March 15

Soup’r Sundae Is Sunday, March 15

Note that Soup’r Sundae has been postponed due the public health situation. Stay tuned for a reschedule date. The Faith Community Partnership of Bethany United Methodist Church and Glen Mar United Methodist Church and Wilde Lake High School are hosting the 12th annual Soup‘r Sundae, a family event featuring soups prepared by area restaurants, as… Continue Reading

Overdose Protection and Intervention Toolkit Available

Overdose Protection and Intervention Toolkit Available

Grassroots and NextLOGiK, a Columbia-based technology firm, previously launched a Smart Phone app designed to reduce the risks of opioid-related overdose deaths. Inspired by Grassroots’ work, the Overdose Prevention and Intervention Toolkit (OPIT) app features a self-assessment tool for those individuals struggling with opioid use disorder and their loved ones to gain awareness about the… Continue Reading

Grassroots Opens New Beginnings Crisis Stabilization Facility

Grassroots Opens New Beginnings Crisis Stabilization Facility

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball joined Grassroots to officially open the “New Beginnings Crisis Stabilization” facility. Crisis stabilization is an important component of Howard County’s opioid intervention strategy to meet immediate needs for assessment, treatment, referrals and brief overnight housing and food. Pictures from the event can be found here. Video can be found here.… Continue Reading

Breakfast with Santa Set Dec. 7 and 14 at Seasons 52

Breakfast with Santa Set Dec. 7 and 14 at Seasons 52

Holiday event at The Mall in Columbia benefits Grassroots crisis intervention center and shelter for the homeless Santa will visit with youngsters, their parents and grandparents at “Breakfast with Santa” on Dec. 7 and 14, 8-9:30 a.m., at Seasons 52 restaurant at The Mall in Columbia,10300 Little Patuxent Parkway. Santa will talk with youngsters and… Continue Reading

Grassroots and NextLOGiK launch Overdose Prevention and Intervention Toolkit for people struggling with opioid use disorder

New Smart Phone App Helps Combat Opioid Addiction and Risks Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and NextLOGiK, a Columbia-based technology firm, announced today the launch of a Smart Phone app designed to reduce the risks of opioid-related overdose deaths. Inspired by Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center’s work, the Overdose Prevention and Intervention Toolkit (OPIT) app features a… Continue Reading