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A Summer Sunday in the Country Benefit  for Grassroots

A Summer Sunday in the Country Benefit for Grassroots

Howard County families are invited to enjoy “A Summer Sunday in the Country,” a fundraiser for Grassroots, on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., at the Kittleman Family Farm in West Friendship.  

“Our family is proud to host a benefit for Grassroots, which gives families a chance at a better life,” said Lisa Kittleman, who serves on the agency’s Board of Directors and is a partner in The Kittleman Group Realtors.  

The benefit will include a picnic barbecue, hand-craft beer from Manor Hill Brewery and live music by party band What’s Next. Outdoor games, Cornhole competition, a Moon Bounce, fishing contest and other activities for children and adults will be featured.

Sponsorships for “A Summer Sunday in the Country” are available at $1,000 for Gold, $500 for Silver and $250 for Bronze, and include a family pass to the picnic barbecue, including beer, and activities. Individual admission is $50 per person.  To purchase a sponsorship or individual ticket, visit https://summersundayinthecountry.eventbrite.com.

The Kittleman Farm


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

Howard County Health Department Expands Mental Health Campaign

Howard County Health Department Expands Mental Health Campaign

It’s OK to Ask suicide prevention campaign raises awareness and reduces stigma about mental health and suicide across all ages and cultures The Howard County Health Department today announced an expansion of the “It’s OK to Ask” suicide prevention campaign to raise awareness and reduce stigma about mental health and suicide across all ages and… Continue Reading

Grassroots Experts Share What They Know

Grassroots Experts Share What They Know

As experts in crisis services and intervention, Grassroots representatives are frequently invited to speak at conferences and other opportunities to share their expertise.  Most recently Executive Director Dr. Mariana Izraelson has been a featured participant at several events. Dr. Izraelson was one of the speakers at the inaugural Light the Night 5K for Suicide Prevention… Continue Reading

Grassroots Cold Weather Shelter Serves Record Number of Children

Grassroots Cold Weather Shelter Serves Record Number of Children

Local faith community helped with emergency shelter program which housed 23 children, aged 6 months to 17 years, during winter season Howard County Government, partnering with Grassroots and local faith communities, has served 59 people this season in the soon-to-close annual Cold Weather Shelter Program. This year’s program has been distinguished by the high number… Continue Reading

What is Maryland 211? Here’s the Fact Sheet.

What is Maryland 211? Here’s the Fact Sheet.

211 is a simple, memorable phone number for Marylanders to connect with essential resources throughout thestate. It’s a free and confidential service that gives individuals with unmet needs a one-stop access point instead ofhaving to navigate through the sometimes-confusing maze of health and human services phone numbers, websites and community resources. Click here to see… Continue Reading

County Announces Partnership with Grassroots

At a press conference this morning, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced that the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) has begun transporting stable patients with opioid-related complaints directly to Grassroots as an alternative to conventional hospitals. “The partnership between HCDFRS and Grassroots means people in need will be able to access… Continue Reading

Breakfast with Santa Set Dec. 4 and 11 at The Mall in Columbia

Proceeds benefit Grassroots crisis intervention center and shelter for the homeless Santa will visit with youngsters, their parents and grandparents at “Breakfast with Santa” on Dec. 4 and 11, 8-9:30 a.m., at Seasons 52 restaurant at The Mall in Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway. Santa will talk with youngsters and their families at their tables.… Continue Reading

Mental Health Film Festival Starts Today

Movies The Mental Health Film Festival, presented by The Horizon Foundation, is set for Oct. 17-22. A variety of films are available for viewing for free. Tickets are FREE, however Festival registration is required. Visit https://watch.eventive.org/horizonmhfilmfestival for a list of films and the schedule. Click on any film to start the registration process. Each film… Continue Reading

Grassroots Provides Help to Prevent Suicide

Grassroots serves as a call center for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to people in suicidal crisis. Last year Grassroots counselors responded to 4,653 calls from individuals who reached out for support. Grassroots is also… Continue Reading

Ice Cream Fundraiser Raises Money for Grassroots

Thank You — Pam Long Photography and Park Ridge Creamery Ice Cream Benefit Pam Long Photography and Park Ridge Creamery raised $4,700 for Grassroots with an ice cream fundraiser at the creamery in Historic Ellicott City.  County Executive Calvin Ball, first responders and other special guests dropped by to help serve guests and to enjoy… Continue Reading