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Grassroots is Recognized for Changing Lives!

Recently, Grassroots was honored for its lifesaving work and expansion on four separate occasions.

This month, Grassroots was recognized for our expansion of services to our new crisis center at 8990 OId Annapolis Road. We were presented with an honorary resolution by County Councilperson Opel Jones. It reads, in part: “[T]he County Council of Howard County, Maryland, commends the Grassroots staff, volunteers, and donors on their exemplary commitment to the provision of emergency shelter, mental health services, and substance use disorder services to our residents.”

We received special honors from Congressman John Sarbanes to celebrate our expansion and move to our new location at 8990 Old Annapolis Road. The certificate recognizes our “commitment to provide 24/7 single point access for behavioral health, crisis and homeless services for individuals and families” and offers “deep gratitude and appreciation for [our] dedicated team members and [our] continued efforts to meet to the crisis intervention demands in Howard County.”

Delegate Jessica Feldmark visited Grassroots and granted us with a wonderful citation on behalf of the Howard County delegation in the Maryland General Assembly. According to the citation, Grassroots is being recognized for our “unwavering efforts to provide housing, mental health services and a wide variety of emergency resources to Howard County and beyond.”

In September, Grassroots was celebrated by the Howard County Council with an Honorary Resolution. It notes that September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and recognizes Grassroots’ ongoing work to “offer support to those who are struggling and coping with the effects of suicide, provide training to prevent suicide, and increase awareness of mental health.” Thank you so much to Council Chairperson Christiana Mercer Rigby, as well as the other members of the County Council.

We are so proud of our team members who work tirelessly to support individuals in Howard County and those throughout the country who contact us via the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. They are truly life savers! Thank you also to all of donors, partners and supports for allowing us to serve the community and for helping us to be successful in our charge to change lives!

Grassroots Has Moved and Expanded Services!

Grassroots has moved its location in order to substantially expand its 24-hour crisis intervention, mental health, substance use disorder, housing support and suicide prevention services. This expansion helps Grassroots meet the increased demand for urgent and ongoing mental health and substance use disorder services in Howard County. Individuals are able to access enhanced free, 24-hour… Continue Reading

September is Suicide Prevention Month

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month – and every month – Grassroots Crisis Intervention encourages community members to learn how they can help individuals who might be feeling suicidal. The number #1 thing to know: Call Grassroots for help on our free, 24-hour crisis line at 410-531-6677. Crisis Line Callers can contact the Grassroots… Continue Reading

Volunteers and Donors Rise to the Challenge

Grassroots faced many challenges during the past fiscal year, as record numbers of callers, clients and residents turned to us in their time of crisis. In addition to the best efforts of talented and dedicated team members, those challenges required the help of Grassroots supporters. Outpouring Almost 600 volunteers provided services to Grassroots from July… Continue Reading

Grassroots Volunteer Physician Retires After 20 Years of Service

Dr. Joe Gagliardi led a volunteer staff of 3 doctors and 10 nurses to provide treatment, advice and counseling to the “routinely neglected” Dr. N. Joseph Gagliardi, who served as a dedicated and beloved volunteer physician for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center since 2004, has retired from practice. Dr. Gagliardi began his tenure with Grassroots as… Continue Reading

Egg Hunt Fundraiser for Grassroots is Sunday, April 2, 1-3 p.m.

The weather forecast promises sunny skies and almost 60 degrees for this Sunday’s Egg Hunt Fundraiser for Grassroots on the Kittleman Family Farm in West Friendship. The benefit will include a Petting Farm, Chocolate and Mimosa Bar. Games and other activities for children and adults will be featured. The egg hunt will start at 2 p.m.“ Our… Continue Reading

Marriotts Ridge High School Fills Empty Bowls for Grassroots

Marriotts Ridge High School Fills Empty Bowls for Grassroots

Benefit on Feb. 23 includes all the soup you can eat and a paint-your-own ceramic bowl created by students in the National Art Honor Society The National Art Honor Society, the Black Student Union and Culinary Department at Marriotts Ridge High School are hosting “Empty Bowls 2023,” a community fundraiser for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center,… Continue Reading

Coalition to End Homelessness to hold Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Event Dec. 21

Coalition to End Homelessness to hold Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Event Dec. 21

On Wednesday, December 21, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, the Howard County Coalition to End Homelessness will hold a gathering to remember those lives lost in Howard County in 2022 who were homeless or had a history of homelessness. Limited in-person seating is available at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia,… Continue Reading

The Mall in Columbia Hosts Thanksgiving Food Drive for Grassroots

The Mall in Columbia Hosts Thanksgiving Food Drive for Grassroots

Non-perishable food and financial donations sought to provide meals for individuals and families in Howard County’s shelter for the homeless The Mall in Columbia is hosting a Thanksgiving Food Drive on behalf of Grassroots, Howard County’s 24-7 crisis intervention center and shelter for the homeless, during November, national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness month. Non-perishable food… Continue Reading

Grassroots Answers 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Grassroots Answers 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center is one of eight Maryland centers selected to answer calls to the new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. 988 calls, chats and texts connect to trained professionals with expertise in mental health and substance use treatment. Counselors immediately help those reaching out through 988 with their emergencies. In some cases, counselors… Continue Reading

Good News Round Up

Good News Round Up

Resources for Youth County Executive Calvin Ball has announced the expansion of Howard County’s School-Based Mental Health Program to all 77 public schools, as well as plans to subsidize mental health resources in the community for vulnerable youth. The SBMHP’s funding of $1.7 million for the next two years includes $980,000 of American Rescue Plan… Continue Reading