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Grassroots Experts Share What They Know

Grassroots Experts Share What They Know

As experts in crisis services and intervention, Grassroots representatives are frequently invited to speak at conferences and other opportunities to share their expertise.  Most recently Executive Director Dr. Mariana Izraelson has been a featured participant at several events.

Dr. Izraelson was one of the speakers at the inaugural Light the Night 5K for Suicide Prevention on April 8, at Oakland Mills High School.  The event was spearheaded by River Hill High School student Chloe McGeehan , who is a runner, and raised money for both Grassroots and the Maryland Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  

On April 22, Dr. Izraelson was a MD BIT Affinity Conference panelist. BIT (Behavioral Intervention Team) is a multi-disciplinary group whose purpose is to support students on college campuses.  Her topic was “BIT and the Pandemic: A Year in Transition.”

The next day, Dr. Izraelson was one of 17 speakers at TEDxRiverHillHS which featured responses to the pandemic, “Adapting to the Changing World.”  She focused on the innovation and flexibility Grassroots exhibited as phones were incessantly ringing, and staff and clients were getting sick. You can hear the full talk here.

Grassroots Cold Weather Shelter Serves Record Number of Children

Grassroots Cold Weather Shelter Serves Record Number of Children

Local faith community helped with emergency shelter program which housed 23 children, aged 6 months to 17 years, during winter season Howard County Government, partnering with Grassroots and local faith communities, has served 59 people this season in the soon-to-close annual Cold Weather Shelter Program. This year’s program has been distinguished by the high number… Continue Reading

What is Maryland 211? Here’s the Fact Sheet.

What is Maryland 211? Here’s the Fact Sheet.

211 is a simple, memorable phone number for Marylanders to connect with essential resources throughout thestate. It’s a free and confidential service that gives individuals with unmet needs a one-stop access point instead ofhaving to navigate through the sometimes-confusing maze of health and human services phone numbers, websites and community resources. Click here to see… Continue Reading

County Announces Partnership with Grassroots

At a press conference this morning, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced that the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) has begun transporting stable patients with opioid-related complaints directly to Grassroots as an alternative to conventional hospitals. “The partnership between HCDFRS and Grassroots means people in need will be able to access… Continue Reading

Breakfast with Santa Set Dec. 4 and 11 at The Mall in Columbia

Proceeds benefit Grassroots crisis intervention center and shelter for the homeless Santa will visit with youngsters, their parents and grandparents at “Breakfast with Santa” on Dec. 4 and 11, 8-9:30 a.m., at Seasons 52 restaurant at The Mall in Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway. Santa will talk with youngsters and their families at their tables.… Continue Reading

Mental Health Film Festival Starts Today

Movies The Mental Health Film Festival, presented by The Horizon Foundation, is set for Oct. 17-22. A variety of films are available for viewing for free. Tickets are FREE, however Festival registration is required. Visit https://watch.eventive.org/horizonmhfilmfestival for a list of films and the schedule. Click on any film to start the registration process. Each film… Continue Reading

Grassroots Provides Help to Prevent Suicide

Grassroots serves as a call center for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to people in suicidal crisis. Last year Grassroots counselors responded to 4,653 calls from individuals who reached out for support. Grassroots is also… Continue Reading

Ice Cream Fundraiser Raises Money for Grassroots

Thank You — Pam Long Photography and Park Ridge Creamery Ice Cream Benefit Pam Long Photography and Park Ridge Creamery raised $4,700 for Grassroots with an ice cream fundraiser at the creamery in Historic Ellicott City.  County Executive Calvin Ball, first responders and other special guests dropped by to help serve guests and to enjoy… Continue Reading

Grassroots Distributes Rental Assistance

In an effort to stem pending evictions and homelessness, Grassroots has received funding from the county to provide rental assistant to residents who  are past due on their rent or utility bills related to financial hardship due COVID.  “Rental assistance is a safety net that prevents more families affected by the pandemic from falling into homelessness caused… Continue Reading

Grassroots Fundraiser at Park Ridge Creamery Wednesday, Sept. 8

Pam Long Photography and Creamery Host Event to Raise Funds and Awareness of Suicide Prevention Services at Crisis Intervention Center This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own. Kids & Family Grassroots Fundraiser at Park Ridge Creamery Wednesday, Sept. 8 Pam Long Photography and Creamery Host Event… Continue Reading

Back to School Supplies Drive 2021: Backpacks and Gift Cards Information

Last year the COVID-19 pandemic and switch to virtual classrooms changed the way we collected and distributed school supplies. We asked for gift cards for students instead of backpacks and supplies and are grateful for the amazing generosity of Howard County residents, groups, businesses and faith congregations in responding to this change. We received feedback… Continue Reading