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:
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
The Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center on Freetown Road in Columbia (next to Atholton High School) is 25,000 square feet and houses a 33-bed family and women’s shelter, and an 18-bed men’s shelter. The on-site, 24-hour crisis intervention services include hotlines and walk-in counseling. A Mobile Crisis Team is also located on-site. Grassroots also implements a Cold Weather Shelter for the homeless in which CMPC and other local churches participate every year.
Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services (LARS)
LARS is a non-proselytizing ecumenical ministry serving the Greater Laurel area by assisting homeless and low-income individuals and families experiencing a crisis by providing both emergency and long-term services designed to promote self-sufficiency. Their Community Crisis Clinic, located just a few blocks from Main Street off of Route 1, offers support to families and individuals in parts of Prince George’s, Howard, and Anne Arundel Counties. Support services include case management, employment assistance, and transportation. LARS also operates a food pantry.
Rebuilding Together Howard County
Rebuilding Together Howard County is a group of Howard County residents and businesses providing free home repairs to low-income families in Howard County. They do this through mobilizing a unique combination of corporate sponsorship, volunteer labor, discounted services, donations of building materials and bulk ordering discounts. They have helped improve the lives of the elderly, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and families with children who have worked hard, but can no longer afford to keep up with repairs. RTHC has repaired and renovated over 500 homes in HowardCounty. No construction or home improvement skills are required to participate.
Route 1 Day Resource Center
For several years, Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church has provided volunteers, as well as financial support, to the Day Center located on Route 1 in Jessup. The Day Center serves the homeless population who live in the woods and under bridges in the vicinity. It is sponsored by Grassroots and several churches, including CMPC. It occupies a separate building that provides showers, washers and dryers, hot meals, and use of a computer for job hunting and recreation. The facility is staffed by a manager, social worker, and various volunteers who provide services the three half days of the week the Center is open. The Day Center offers the homeless an opportunity to interact with each other and volunteers who offer fellowship and provide a sense of community which the homeless have identified as their greatest need. The number of people using the Center is steadily increasing with nearly 100 attending on some days. The Day Center grew out of concerned churches wanting to do something to address the problems of the homeless in Howard County.
Christian Services of Howard County
Over the past forty years, Christian Services of Howard County has offered aid to help struggling single mothers or fathers, and low income families to put food on the table, basic furniture in their home and clothing for the family. Christian Services receives and sorts donations of clothing, furniture, and food items and then sells some to the public through their Thrift Shop. The rest of the items find their way in to the hands of individuals directed to CSHC by both local and state organizations.