This new facility, under construction at 10390 Guilford Rd. in southeastern Howard County, is expected to open in August 2017 to provide improved and expanded support services and resources to the temporarily homeless. For more details about the history and plans for this project, please see this Baltimore Sun article from June 2016.
Meals will continue to be provided according to the same schedule that has been in place at the Rte 1 DRC: Monday and Wednesday afternoons, and Saturday mornings. St. Peter’s spot on that schedule does not change — we will continue to provide the first afternoon meal on the First Monday of each Month (FMM).
The new center’s kitchen will have a refrigerator, an ice machine, and warming ovens — but does not have health department permits for cooking foods. Thus, it will be necessary to chill and heat foods off-site to their correct temperature — and to transport and deliver them at temperatures approved by the health department for maintaining healthy foods. New food-handling procedures will require that the temperature of foods be taken upon delivery and recorded by the serving teams; foods that arrive at temperatures outside the health department’s guidance will not be permitted to be served. Also, no food left-over from the meal can be stored in the refrigerator — all foods remaining after the meal must be removed from the facility.
Draft procedure documents have been posted here … stay tuned for updates. We CAN DO this!