Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church proudly supports the work of numerous mission agencies in the local area (Howard County, Baltimore, DC, etc.). Local agencies supported include:
Bridge of Hope
In 2018 CMPC began participating in Bridge of Hope, whose mission is to engage Christian faith communities in ending homelessness through neighboring relationships that demonstrate Christ’s love. BoH’s 3 key outcomes for families facing homelessness is safe and sustainable housing; strong and resilient families; and supporting neighboring relationships. CMPC’s ”neighborhood” includes 6-10 people who support a particular family. There is also a member of CMPC who serves as a case manager and has participated in BoH training to equip her for this role. M&LO expects this to be an ongoing mission with opportunities for CMPC members to lend their support.
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
The Center is a 25,000 square feet facility located on Freetown Road in Columbia. It houses a 33-bed family and women’s shelter and an 18-bed men’s shelter. There is an on-site, 24-hour crisis intervention service with hotlines and walk-in counseling. A Mobile Crisis Team is located on-site. Grassroots staff has grown to include more than 50 full-time and part-time employees, complemented by volunteers in all programs.
In partnership with the faith community and Howard County government, Grassroots provides overflow shelter from November through March. Congregations, including CMPC, host the Cold Weather Shelter for one week and provide volunteers for transportation, meals, laundry and work shifts in the shelter. Grassroots provides administrative coordination and a staff person to act as the team leader during the hours the shelter is open.
Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services (LARS)
LARS is a non-profit organization serving homeless and low-income families and individuals in Laurel, Maryland. LARS service area includes parts of Prince George’s, Howard, and Anne Arundel Counties. LARS was founded in 1987 by a group of local congregation leaders and community members who sought a consolidated approach to responding to those who came to their doors for food and financial help. Today LARS is staffed by trained social workers and continues to receive financial and volunteer support from its founding faith-based partner organizations. LARS’ mission is to enable homeless and low-income people in crisis to achieve stability and long-term self-sufficiency.
Rebuilding Together Howard County
Formerly known as Christmas in April, Rebuilding Together was formed in 1992 when a group of committed Howard County residents and businesses joined together to mobilize volunteers and provide free home repairs to low-income families in Howard County. Rebuilding Together is committed to improving the lives of the elderly, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and families with children; all homeowners in Howard County who have worked hard, but can no longer afford to keep up with repairs. Today, the need is even greater in the midst of the difficult economic climate. Rebuilding Together has repaired and renovated over 650 homes in Howard County- at no cost to the homeowner.
Each year CMPC sponsors a home repair project by providing a volunteer team on our annual National Rebuilding Day held in April. The team works directly with the homeowner to make the necessary repairs during a very rewarding day of service.
Route 1 Day Resource Center
Opened in July 2008, the Route 1 Day Resource Center is a successful partnership with the faith community. It is located at 10390 Guilford Road Suite A (first floor) in Jessup and is open 3 days a week. The Center is operated under the auspices of Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, staffed by volunteers, and guided by a Project Coordinator. The Center provides meals, showers, limited laundry, fellowship and social services to as many as 50 homeless individuals in the Howard County Route 1 corridor. CMPC is among over 40 congregations supplying volunteers, food, supplies, funding, and other resources. The Center’s services have grown to include a doctor and nurse helping to address the myriad of health issues and a lawyer who is available once a week for consultation with clients.