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Upcoming Online Training and Support Sessions

QPR Training • Teen Support after Suicide Loss • Safe Space Training

Below are a number of upcoming free online training and support sessions available through Grassroots.

QPR Training

QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.

  • Nov. 17 • 7-8:30 p.m.  This session is sponsored by the Mount Hebron PTSA and is geared toward youth suicide prevention and intended for youth ages 13 & up and their families.
  • Nov. 18 • 7:30-9:00 p.m. This session is intended for adult learners who want information about adult suicide prevention.
  • Nov. 30 • 6:30-8:00 PM  This session is intended for youth ages 13 & up and their families.

Teen Support After Suicide Loss

Designed for youth aged 13-17 who’ve been affected by suicide loss and need additional support and a safe space to process, this closed, non-clinical-based support group will meet online Tuesdays in December, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The group is intended for youth who have been impacted by a suicide loss whether a family member, friends or someone they were exposed to within the community. Registration and family intake must be completed to attend the group. Click here to learn more and to register for the series.

Safe Space

Grassroots will offer a virtual Safe Space training session on Wednesday, December 9, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Safe Space was designed by Grassroots as a suicide prevention and intervention model that focuses on the LGBTQ+ population and their increased risk for suicide. The training program combines cultural competence with prevention and intervention strategies to reduce stigma, reduce suicidality, and ultimately save lives. Click here for more information and to register for the session.

Dottie Paxton Elected President of Grassroots Board

Fulton Bank Vice President/ Financial Center Manager Dottie C. Paxton has been elected President of the Board of Directors, succeeding Nicholas J. Langhauser. Paxton has been on the board since 2013 and served as Vice President, Chair of the Resource Development Committee and in other posts. She is a graduate of Leadership Howard County and… Continue Reading

Mariana Izraelson Named New Grassroots Executive Director

Nonprofit Leader has Expertise in Healthcare and Addiction Recovery Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, now celebrating its 50th year of service to Howard County, has selected Dr. Mariana Izraelson, an experienced leader of nonprofit organizations in Maryland, to replace former Executive Director Ayesha Holmes who has accepted a position as State Director for the No Kid… Continue Reading

Donation Drive Changes

Donation Drive Changes

We are extremely grateful for the amazing generosity of Howard County residents, groups, schools, businesses, and faith congregations to help us support community families and individuals in need of personal goods. Due to ongoing safety concerns related to the coronavirus COVID-19 we are changing how we collect and distribute these donations for the foreseeable future.… Continue Reading

Grassroots Seeks New Executive Director

Grassroots Seeks New Executive Director

Holmes Accepts Position with No Kid Hungry Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, now celebrating its 50th year of service to Howard County, is seeking a replacement for outgoing Executive Director Ayesha Holmes who has accepted a position as State Director for the No Kid Hungry campaign at Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

News Updates from Grassroots

Acts of Kindness and Generosity Sustain Us We are thankful for the hundreds of people who have reached out to support Grassroots during a period when the pain and suffering of desperate callers, frightened shelter residents and others in crisis increases every day. We are grateful for: Intrepid Volunteers Its doors are closed, but the… Continue Reading

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

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… Continue Reading

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