County Executive John R. Leopold Announces Anne Arundel County's First Homeless Resource Day
Annapolis (March 11, 2008) - County Executive John R. Leopold said that he is pleased "that plans for Anne Arundel County’s Homeless Resource Day are exceeding expectations." The event is the first of its kind in Anne Arundel County and will take place Saturday, March 29th at Glen Burnie High School, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. County Executive Leopold will open the day at 9:00 a.m.
"Homeless Resource Day will provide a wide range of services that are considered commonplace to most county residents," said County Executive Leopold. "This event will provide a one-day, one-stop opportunity for County residents experiencing homelessness to access a variety of social services which can ultimately lead to self-sufficiency," he added.
County Executive Leopold created Homeless Resource Day as a way to offer both short-term and long-term services to homeless residents of Anne Arundel County in one central location. County and State agencies, in collaboration with local non-profit organizations, have joined forces to provide homeless individuals and families, or those at risk of being homeless, medical care, substance abuse resources, mental health counseling, housing and job assistance, as well as personal hygiene, social services and quality of life resources. In addition, over 150 volunteers will deliver transportation, food, entertainment, and giveaways to the expected 200 - 300 County residents in attendance.
Transportation will be provided to and from the event from the following sites between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm:
Transportation will also be provided to and from the MVA to obtain identification. All attendees are asked to bring any personal identification, birth certificates, social security cards, pay stubs, etc., to facilitate obtaining services.
Donations of non-perishable food items, socks, underwear, and toiletries are encouraged. Monetary donations will be used for follow-up transportation needs and to help cover the cost of the event. All excess contributions will be re-donated to Food Bank, FoodLink, and local homeless shelters. The following locations are available to receive donations:
For more information about the event, please contact Chris Poulsen at (410) 269-4460, or Keli Sobers at (410) 269-4498, Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services.