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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 by unemployment or illness,” explained Grassroots Executive Director Dr. Mariana Izraelson.  “With Emergency Rental Assistance funds, Grassroots is able to intervene and help families avoid eviction and stem the escalating crises that occur in already distressed families.  We are grateful to Howard County Government for its leadership in providing this financial support to families in need.”  

For more information, contact evictionprevention@grassrootscrisis.org or call 410-531-6677.

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

Spirit Award Presented to Nursing Team

Spirit Award Presented to Nursing Team

Grassroots has honored the crisis intervention center’s team of nurses and nurse practitioners with the annual Grassroots Spirit Award to recognize their helpfulness, openness, welcoming spirit and respect for colleagues, clients and visitors. The award was presented during Nurses Appreciation Week. The Grassroots nursing team is responsible for the clients being served in the New Beginnings… Continue Reading

Grassroots Recognizes Nursing Team with Annual Spirit Award

New Beginnings nurses and nurse practitioners distinguish themselves during COVID-19 pandemic. Grassroots has honored the crisis intervention center’s team of nurses and nurse practitioners with the annual Grassroots Spirit Award to recognize their helpfulness, openness, welcoming spirit and respect for colleagues, clients and visitors. The award was presented during Nurses Appreciation Week. The Grassroots nursing… Continue Reading

Volunteers Needed in Columbia and Jessup Centers

Grassroots is seeking volunteers for both the Crisis Intervention Center and Shelter in Columbia and for the Day Resource Center in Jessup, according to Grassroots Volunteer Coordinator Monteith Mitchell.   Volunteers are needed to serve as Office Assistants in Columbia on Thursdays and Fridays for two-hour shifts between 10 a.m.-3 p.m.   Two volunteers age… Continue Reading

Grassroots Cold Weather Shelter Ends Busy Season

Clients receive help applying for housing vouchers and health insurance, finding jobs, screening for substance use, replacing identification The Howard County Government, partnering with Grassroots and local faith communities, provided an expanded Cold Weather Shelter Program for 37 struggling individuals from the end of November until the end of March. People are referred to the… Continue Reading

Opioid Related Deaths Increase in 2020

Howard County saw a 43% increase in opioid related deaths in 2020, compared to 2019, part of a national and statewide trend as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated opioid and substance misuse, according to information provided by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball.   “Our community, like others, is suffering from the compounding of the coronavirus pandemic… Continue Reading

LGBTQ+ Community Provided Safe Space

More Trainers Needed to Support Program Grassroots is seeking applicants for “Safe Space,” its training and certification program to learn how to provide a supportive environment for LGBTQ+ individuals. The program helps attendees become more culturally competent in providing services and dealing with issues specific to the LGBTQ+ population. Since 2017, over 200 people have… Continue Reading