Banks Pledge Support For Grassroots Expansion

Local financial institutions have pledged $60,000 to renovate and expand the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, according to Renovation and Expansion campaign co-chair Mary Ann Scully, President and CEO of Howard Bank.

“Community banks historically recognize their role in supporting and enhancing the quality of life in those communities that support them,” Scully said. “We are grateful for the inspirational leadership role that each of these institutions has played to date in the campaign.”

Citizens National Bank has pledged $20,000 and will have the Group Counseling/Activity Room named in its honor. Provident Bank has pledged $15,000 and will have a Counseling Room named in its honor. Howard Bank has pledged $15,000 and will have the Entrance Garden named in its honor. Columbia Bank has pledged $10,000 and will have the Courtyard Garden named in its honor.

Grassroots provides the county's only shelter for homeless people and is the headquarters of the county's Mobile Crisis Team which responds to psychiatric emergencies and family crises in the community. In addition, Grassroots served over 700 walk-in requests for crisis counseling last year and handled over 26,000 hotline contacts.

The renovation and expansion project will more than double the building size, from under 9,000 square feet to over 20,000 square feet, improve and upgrade inadequate kitchens and address plumbing problems. Shelter rooms for families and individuals will be increased from 32 to 55.

For information about the Grassroots Renovation and Expansion Campaign, contact Lynne Nemeth, 301-596-6054, or lmnemeth@aol.com.