October 2021

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Grassroots Provides Help to Prevent Suicide
To prevent people from taking their own lives, tell them to call Grassroots, 410-531-6677.

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 part of a new program in the State of Maryland to provide the Maryland 211 Health Check, which responds to people in the region who are struggling with mental health issues.  In addition, Grassroots continues to provide support to 211 Press 1 option designed to prevent suicide, as well as provide substance use intervention and assist in other mental health emergencies.

The Grassroots crisis hotline receives almost 40,000 calls annually from people in distress. Its specialists are available round the clock to listen to people in need and provide professional counseling and intervene in crisis of every kind.

In addition, the Mobile Crisis Team (MCT), which includes Grassroots clinicians and members of the Howard County Police Department, responded to 103 calls last year related to an individual who expressed thoughts of suicide and provided immediate support to families in 14 cases of a completed suicide. 
In The News
Dr. Mariana Izraelson, Executive Director of Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, was the featured guest on WBAL-TV’s Maryland Peace of Mind program recently.  The show focused on 211 Maryland. “Maryland 211 is an important tool in our efforts to prevent suicide and help those struggling with mental health issues,” Dr. Izraelson told viewers.  “Essentially, it is an immediate, always-on-call help line,” she said.
Thank You
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 the event. Beyond the Badge donated $1,000 to the fundraising effort. Designed to educate people about Grassroots and its crisis intervention services, especially suicide prevention, the event theme was “Here’s the Scoop: you don’t need to be alone.”  Organizer Pam Long wrote about the event in a blog and posted photos.  See more here.
More Support Celebration Church at Columbia continues to support Grassroots shelter residents as they settle into new apartment homes.  Recently members delivered cleaning supplies to Volunteer Coordinator Monteith Mitchell .  The continued generosity is appreciated.
Good Example The Columbia (MD) Chapter of The Links has shown the many ways organizations can support Grassroots.  The 58-member group, which includes Grassroots board member Rochelle Michaux-Conway, has hosted holiday parties for shelter families and other celebrations, provided a catered fish dinner and a fried children luncheon, donated pantry items and hygiene products. They are especially known for their annual blanket drive for Grassroots, which brought in 75 blankets in 2020. This year, the goal is 50 blankets and 50 Giant gift cards, according to the project chair, Robin Steele.
Bar-B-Q The team from AIS - Applied Information Sciences recently hosted a barbecue for the shelter residents and staff.  It was a much appreciated treat.
Round-Up During October, Clarks ACE Hardware in Ellicott City is dedicating its Round Up at the Register program to Grassroots. Customers will be offered the option of “rounding up” their transactions to the next dollar amount, and the collected funds will go to Grassroots. Thank you for making it easy to donate.
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. For information about the films and to register, click here.
Bluegrass  The Seldom Scene is the featured attraction at the Columbia Bluegrass Festival 2021 at Meriweather Post Pavilion Oct. 17, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The Columbia Town Center Rotary is presenting the concert, which includes performances by Sweet Yonder, The Plate Scrapers, Big Howdy, King Street Bluegrass, and The Eastman String Band. Net proceeds help fund the Rotary’s donations to nonprofit organizations, including Grassroots. Tickets are $50 online and $60 at the door. Purchase tickets here.

Are You a Friend of Grassroots?
Are you a donor to Grassroots? Have you made a gift this year? Grassroots depends upon the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses in the community to support its free services to people in crisis, to help provide the 24-7 hotline and suicide prevention efforts, round-the-clock personal counseling, Mobile Crisis Team, the shelter programs and other activities to help people achieve a positive resolution to their crisis situation. Please make a gift to Grassroots today. Any size gift is welcome. If you can afford $50 or more per month, consider joining The Friends of Grassroots who donate $600 or more per year. Thank you for your support.
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