Bethany United Methodist Church in Ellicott City is hosting the Cold Weather Shelter this week for the second week. Bethany is providing lodging and meals for 21 people who have no other place to stay. Most of the shelter guests are individuals, but a family of six and another family of three are included.
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center runs Howard County's permanent homeless shelter. But, that shelter stays full. So, from the week of Thanksgiving through the middle of March, churches in the county take turns caring for homeless members of the community who cannot get into Grassroots's facility.
Hosting the program this season are Atholton Seventh Day Adventist Church, Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, Columbia Community Church, Covenant Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Gary Memorial United Methodist Church, Glen Mar United Methodist Church, Grace Community Church, Kittamaqundi Community Church, Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, New Hope Seventh Day Adventist Church, Owen Brown Interfaith Center, St. John Baptist Church, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, and St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Others participating are Beth Shalom Congregation and Locust United Methodist Church.
The Cold Weather shelter operates each year from November to March. Those participating in it must find lodging elsewhere during the warmer months of the year.