The Route 1 Day Resource Center was a focus of support to homeless people in southeast Howard County until August 2017, when those services moved to a brand new facility (The Leola Dorsey Community Resource Center), about 1/2 mile away on Guilford Road.
During its time, the Day Resource Center (DRC) was a shelter service operating 3 days per week at 8826 Washington Blvd (just north of the intersection of US Rt. 1 and MD 32) through a partnership of the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center with the faith community.
Funded by a combination of county money and gifts from foundations, churches, and individuals, the DRC provided resources for use by homeless people, or by anyone who needed extra help to get by, even if they are not homeless. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, DRC provided a place for those in need to shower, do laundry, eat a hot meal, access a food pantry and clean clothing, use computers, and develop relationships. Sometimes medical personnel or counselors were available to guide people in terms of minor health problems, job-hunting, resumes and navigating assistance through the various systems. The staff and volunteers were on hand to provide support, prayers, encouragement, conversation or a chess partner.
On the first Monday of each month, a team of volunteers from St. Peter’s delivered a warm meal to a second team at the Center, to serve to teh folks who had gathered there. To execute the donation, prepared food was collected on Sunday and Monday morning in the church kitchen. At 11am on Monday, volunteers warmed and completed preparation of the food to be dropped off. At 1:15pm, we loaded up and transported the meal to the DRC. We set up the food on warmers at 1:30 and served the hot meal from 2 to 3:30pm. During our time at the Center, three to four St. Peter’s volunteers set up, serve, and clean up the meal, interacting with guests during the visit.
Traditionally we look for volunteers to cook the following items for each meal. The hot items should be ready to serve, preferably in 11×9, 11×15 or 11×19 aluminum foil pans:
Of course! We provide other “fixings” to go with the meal that are very easy:
Since the meal service has shifted to the new building, please refer to “Draft Procedures” noted at the bottom of the “New (2017) Homeless Resource Center” web-page. You should find a fairly detailed job description for kitchen help on that page, but essentially, Team 1 helps prepare food at the church and deliver it to the new center, while Team 2 (at the Center) sets up and serves the food, and then cleans up afterwards. You can volunteer for either team, for the entire time, or just an hour or two, whatever your schedule allows. St. Peter’s provides 3-4 volunteers to staff the afternoon. There is other staff on site to assist as well.
We have an email mailing list that we use to communicate with volunteers during the year. If you are not already on the FMM mailing list and would like to be included in the monthly email, please contact Julie Dunn or Pat Hand, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having a strong group of FMM volunteers gives members of St. Peter’s the opportunity to participate in this outreach once or twice a year. The more people on our roster means that the same people don’t have to commit to every month. Email messages are sent out to group 3 weeks prior to the FMM in order to start planning. People are always welcome to join the First Monday Meal team to participate in this ministry!
Julie and Pat are the coordinators of the volunteers, and ensure that we have enough people donating food to provide a full meal. Pat Hand coordinates the kitchen help the day of the FMM. Please feel free to contact any of us for more information!
You can reach Julie and Pat via email at email@example.com