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Grassroots Needs Your Help

Grassroots Needs Your Help

Grassroots provides 24-hour crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and support to individuals and families with a mental health, substance use or homelessness crisis.

In the midst of the current public health emergency, Grassroots continues to provide vital services such as telephone crisis intervention counseling and shelter services while using every measure necessary to ensure the safety of our residents and staff members.

You can safely help Grassroots continue to serve Howard County’s most vulnerable people during these difficult times. Here are some ways you can make a difference:

Send a Financial Donation

Like many families, Grassroots finds itself short of suddenly essential items, like disposable gloves, bleach, hand sanitizers, anti-bacterial wipes, paper towels and other cleaning-related products. A financial contribution is the most flexible gift you can make at this time. Make a donation here, or send a check to Grassroots, 6700 Freetown Road, Columbia, MD, 21044.

Donate Food Items

The Grassroots Day Resource Center will continue to distribute food to people in need. Canned meat, fruit, soup (Chunky or Progresso), and meals (Chef Boy’r Dee, chili, beef stew), and 16-20 oz bottles of water are being collected. Plastic bags, reusable grocery bags and office boxes with handles are needed as containers. No clothing is being accepted at this time.

Staff will receive food donations at the Day Resource Center, 10390 Guilford Road in Jessup, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Saturdays, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Deliveries to clients will occur after collection hours.) Food items may also be dropped off at outside bins at Grassroots, 6700 Freetown Road in Columbia, and New Hope Lutheran Church, 8575 Guilford Road in Columbia.

Make a Meal

Grassroots provides three meals daily for up to 50 shelter residents in our on-site commercial kitchen. We rely heavily on community support to feed our residents. A Sign-up Genius for meal donations will be available next week.    

Fill the Pantry

The Grassroots pantry needs to be replenished. The following items are being collected: coffee, individual packets of regular sugar and coffee creamer, juice boxes and pouches, cereal, pop tarts, instant rice mixes, pasta sauce, jelly, peanut butter, boxed macaroni and cheese, and canned meals (Chef Boy’r Dee, chili, beef stew). Deliver to outside bins at Grassroots, 6700 Freetown Road in Columbia.

Click here for current needs list by location.

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

Counseling Provided by Phone 24-7 Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center is implementing a three-tier plan to respond to the public health threat posed by COVID-19, according to Executive Director Ayesha Holmes. “The purpose of the plan is to ensure we are prepared for every level of the outbreak,” Holmes said. The three tiers include response to… Continue Reading

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

10th Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium Slated for Sept. 13

10th Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium Slated for Sept. 13

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center is host, Lunch and Social Worker CEUs included Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center will hold its 10th Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium on Friday, Sept. 13. Among the topics are how best to prevent suicide when you are a professional and also a loved one of someone who struggles; building resiliency to prevent… Continue Reading

Howard County Students Raise $80,000 for Grassroots Crisis Center

Howard County Students Raise $80,000 for Grassroots Crisis Center

Annual Campaign Focuses on Community Service and Philanthropy During the 2018-2019 school year, Howard County students raised a record-setting $80,000 to support services at Grassroots, the county’s 24-7 crisis intervention center and shelter for the homeless. Of the county’s 74 elementary, middle and high schools, 43 participated in last year’s Change Matters campaign, the student… Continue Reading