Newsletter November 2016
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We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  We are especially grateful for a dedicated staff and the many compassionate volunteers and generous donors who support Grassroots and the people it serves.

Out of the Cold The 14th annual Cold Weather Shelter program managed by Grassroots started Monday and will operate until April 2, 2017. The program is a partnership between Grassroots and the faith communities of Howard County who take turns hosting the program and providing emergency shelter for up to 25 guests each night. 
Participating faith communities include: Atholton Seventh Day Adventist Church, Bethany United Methodist Church, Bridgeway Community Church, Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, Columbia Community Church, The Church at Covenant Park, First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Glen Mar United Methodist Church, Grace Community Church, Kittamaqundi Community Church, Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, New Hope Lutheran Church, Owen Brown Interfaith Center, St. John Baptist Church, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s Catholic Church and Temple Isaiah. Anyone in need of shelter should call the Grassroots Crisis Hotline at 410-531-6677.

Help for Ellicott City Grassroots received a recent donation of $23, 208 from State Farm Insurance Company. Individual agents also made contributions totaling another $4,250. The gifts were made in recognition of Grassroots’ support of flood relief efforts in Ellicott City, where State Farm has an office on Main Street.  Local agents also donated $5,100 to the Ellicott City Partnership.  On hand for the check presentation were (front row, from l.) Delegate Eric Ebersole, State Farm Vice President Christopher Gude, agent Kate Merten, agent Elaine Gossage, agent Andrea Magers, Grassroots Business Manager Anna Katz and Mobile Crisis Team staff member Sarah McCoy, (back row, from l.) agent Ron Regan,  Ellicott City Partnership Vice President Tom Coale, and agent Fred Gossage.

Basic Needs We are thankful to Bank of America for its recent Basic Needs Grant to Grassroots to support case management services for clients in the family and women’s shelter. The grant was for $15,000.
Nutritious Food The Walmart Foundation has made two grants of $2,500 each to provide nutritious food for Grassroots’ shelter programs.  Grassroots prepares 150 meals per day for residents of the shelter on Freetown Road.

Suicide Prevention Benefit “Spin in the City,” a fundraiser to benefit Grassroots suicide prevention services, generated $2,100 from 33 participants. Instructors included Trisha Smith, Diana Frizzell, Cathy Smith and special guest Dave Martin.  Participants enjoyed a catered lunch with food donated from Whole Foods Columbia and The Classic Catering People.  The event was sponsored by Elaine Gossage State Farm and Quest Fitness Ellicott City.

Holiday Wish List Grassroots is looking for gift cards and new and unwrapped gifts to make the holidays special for adults and children living in the shelter and other clients.  In particular, Grassroots is looking for gifts cards for Walmart and food stores and gas cards. For complete list of items desired by people served by Grassroots, check out  Please deliver by Dec. 17. 

Annual Gift This is the time of year we watch the mail, waiting for the annual contributions from supporters that enable us to provide the programs and services that help improve the lives of vulnerable men, women and children in our community.  Please share some of your good fortune by making a gift today.

Upcoming Events

Say Goodbye to Andrea Whole Foods Market of Columbia is hosting a Holiday Food and Wine Tasting for women on Monday, Nov. 28, from 5-7 p.m., to benefit Grassroots.  The event will allow attendees to bid farewell to retiring Executive Director Andrea Ingram. The fundraiser will feature Whole Foods’ holiday catering menu and Decanter Fine Wines will provide a variety of holiday wines for sampling. Tickets are $65. Sponsorships are $100 each and include a ticket. Attendance is limited to 100 women.  Purchase tickets at
Santa Claus is Coming The Mall in Columbia is hosting Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 3 and 10, 8-9:30 a.m., at Nordstrom Café as a benefit for Grassroots.  Santa will talk with youngsters and their families at their tables. Miss Julie, the Mall’s Family Fun Day entertainer, will be the hostess of the breakfast. Tickets are $15 per guest. Purchase tickets at

 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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