Jesus calls us to be a force for good in the world, to continue the work of letting each and every person know the love of God.
At present, we are engaged in a renewed push to help people move from homelessness and fragile housing to stable housing. With the primary goal of making it possible for people to live successfully on their own, we also offer support along the way.
In the support category is our participation in a multi-church effort to provide one hot meal per day in Westminster. Every Thursday for over 25 years, St. Paul’s has provided that meal which is now called “A Meal and More.” We are in the process of adding to the “More” which, in the past has included offerings of clothes, hats, gloves, non-perishable food, and even classical music provided by McDaniel College students over lunch. In collaboration with the Human Services Program (HSP), we are now working toward using the meal to link guests with necessary support and other services available in the local helping network.
We have also launched a program that will provide in-person support in various shelter programs run by HSP. That support comes in the form of meals served at various shelters, mentoring through the community-wide New Connections program, teaming up with residents in a family shelter, and actively taking part in quarterly Street Summits and monthly Circle of Caring meetings where relevant issues are dealt with. Active and broad collaboration continues to spark new ideas and evoke passions for making the world a better place.
There are many worthwhile programs and services responding to human needs in Carroll County. Here are a few that are commended for your awareness and support:
ACCESS CARROLL, INC provides primary health care for income-qualified, uninsured residents of Carroll County. Currently located in a suite on Locust Lane, Access Carroll has outgrown the space available there and is working to relocate at the Distillery Building in a long-term lease arrangement with Carroll County.10 Distillery Drive, Suite 200 Westminster, 21157 Phone: 410-871-1478 email: email@example.com
CARING CARROLL, INC is a program to recuit, train, and match volunteers with elderly and/or disabled persons living in the community setting for purposes of assisting with basic chores, companionship, transportation, etc. to enhance their quality of life and help people “age in place.”PO Box 842 Westminster, MD 21158 410-775-5596 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAMS OF CARROLL COUNTY, INC (HSP) is Carroll County’s non-profit agency designated as the local community action agency responsible for responding to human needs, especially those that cannot be assisted sufficiently through the Department of Social Services. They operate several shelters in Carroll County (Women and Family, Family Shelter, Safe Haven, Domestic Violence Shelter and Cold Weather Shelter). HSP can help qualifying individuals and families with fuel/utilities costs, can assist with housing needs, and provides case management to help secure the services they need. HSP mission is to improve the quality of life and self-sufficiency of at-risk and low-income Carroll County residents by providing assistance with basic needs, advocacy, linkages to resources and opportunities to enhance life skills.10 Distillery Drive (ground floor) PO Box 489 Westminster, MD 21158 410-857-2999
THE SHEPHERD’S STAFF is a faith-based non-profit outreach and support center which offers assistance to resolve short-term crises while seeking pathways to self-sufficiency. Programs offered include RX fund, back to school supplies for Head Start, Shepherd’s Table (community meal each Friday at Westminster UMC), the Blessings Closet (household and personal hygiene supply needs), & some financial assistance. DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED.
30 Carroll Street PO Box 127, 21158 410-857-5944 email: email@example.com
CARROLL COUNTY FOOD SUNDAY coordinates a food bank for Carroll County with a base program in Westminster and satellite programs in other locations. CCFS distributes a weekly, nutritionally balanced grocery package that is predicated on household size and is meant to last 3-4 days. Over 400 families/week are served in Westminster, Eldersburg, and Taneytown locations. Donations of money and non-perishable food items are always needed, and many people support the CCFS efforts with their volunteer time as well.
10 Distillery Drive 410-857-7926 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In short, our facility was remodeled with the needs of the community in mind. We make every effort to provide space for worthwhile community programs. In addition to use for a Meal and More, the building is regularly used by a host of other groups.
For the past several years, St. Paul’s has hosted and worked in collaboration with the Westminster-Carroll County chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and the local chapter of GLSEN (the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network).
We have also had a long-standing and meaningful relationship with several Alcoholics Anonymous and Al Anon groups that use the building nearly every evening of the week.
The Junior Women’s Club meets regularly in our Fellowship Hall and conducts its yearly Santa’s Workshop there as well.
Additionally, the facility is currently used twice per week by a Reiki Group, and weekly by a Tai Chi class. Beginning in November, a group meeting organized around A Course in Miracles will meet in our Seekers Room on Sunday afternoons.
American Red Cross Blood Drives happen in Fellowship Hall several times per year, sponsored jointly by St. Paul’s and Grace Lutheran Church.
From time to time, we have also provided space for eco-justice groups in collaboration with Westminster Church of the Brethren, a group advocating for a single payer healthcare system, and various other groups and organizations.
A general outline of community-based building usage follows:
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings: Sunday at 8p.m. ;Tuesday – 8:30p.m.; Wednesday evening; Friday – Noon and 8p.m.; Saturday – Noon (All Meetings are Closed – for people with a desire not to drink)
Al Anon Meeting: Monday at 7:30p.m.
Reiki Sessions: Tuesdays 6:45p.m. and Thursdays at 1:30p.m.
A Meal and More Every Thursday at Noon (except Thanksgiving Day)
Westminster-Carroll County PFLAG: Third Sunday of the Month 5-6:30p.m. in Fellowship Hall
GLSEN Third Sunday of the Month 7:15p.m. in Fellowship Hall