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From the April Newsletter:

Meals Needed Grassroots has already spent all of the money in its food budget and there are still three months left in the fiscal year!  Prepared dinner meals for Grassroots’ 50 residents can be scheduled or brought in frozen to be used when needed. Contact Kitchen Manager Dorothy Howard, 410-531-6006,, for more information and to schedule a meal.

It’s Official Board President Mary Lasky officiated as County Executive Allan Kittleman recently unveiled a plaque in Grassroots’ lobby naming the building after past Executive Director Andrea Ingram. He reminded the gathered board members and staff that Andrea’s legacy was more than the building; it is the lives she touched during her tenure.

Mental Health Resource Night The staff at Ellicott Mills Middle School recently hosted a Mental Health Resource Night for parents at the school. Presenters included Colleen Nester from the Howard County Health Department, Seth Knobel from Grassroots and Cathy Smith, Coordinator for the Change Matters student community service and philanthropy initiative.

Attendees included  (back row from l.) Mark Czapski of the Ellicott Mills Middle School Social Studies Department, school Principal Chris Ratte, Colleen Nester of the Howard County Health Department, Seth Knobel of Grassroots and (from row from l.) Change Matters Coordinator Cathy Smith, Matt Gaieski  and Jaimie Kiska of the Physical Education Department.

Help from ALEX AND ANI The Silver Heron in The Mall in Columbia recently held a fundraiser for Grassroots The store donated 15 percent of sales from their ALEX AND ANI jewelry collection, raising $300 for Grassroots services. Pictured (from l.) are Silver Heron staff members Fatima Dipp and Annette Meyer and student volunteers Anna Selebrede, Preeti Bairi and Riley Spickler.

Delicous Pi Staff and students from Mt. Hebron High School held a Pi Day Fundraiser for Grassroots. Led by Sara Tagget and the Math Department, students were challenged to donate $3.14 or more to help “buy a day” of crisis services. It costs $2,111 to pay for one 24-hour period of crisis services at Grassroots. Mt. Hebron successfully raised $2,350.20. In 2016, Grassroots received over 32,721 phone calls, many related to suicide ideation. This represents a 19 percent increase in crisis calls over the previous year.

Attending the check presentation were (front row from l.) Principal Drew Cockley, Sara Tagget of the Math Department,Grassroots Executive Director Ayesha Holmes, students Leigh Miles, Greg Murach and (middle row from l.) Katherine Delaney, Larry Luthe, Kelly Caprarola, Anrew Bright, Jennifer Green, Tom Sankey and (back row from l.)Dani Borgia, Rachel Linder, Zoya Riaz, Ann Johnston, Michelle Mann, Brittany Gutierrez and Douraine Donaldson.

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