Hot Meals for the Homeless/Grassroots

Who do we serve?

The homeless and poor in Howard County.

What do we do?

Parishioners help Howard County residents who suffer from hunger or homelessness in several ways:

  • Hot meals: prepare (at home), deliver, and/or serve or clean up from a hot lunch at the Day Resource Center (18 and older only for on-site duties).

  • Cold Weather Shelter: volunteer to support St. Paul Church in Ellicott City, which hosts an overnight shelter during the first full week of January.

  • Poor boxes: donate to a poor box to assist Grassroots with the Cold Weather Shelter (early January) and emergency housing assistance (each quarter).

  • Urgent supply needs: respond to urgent supply needs through the "How can I help?" sign-up program.

When do we do it?

  • Hot Meals: the third Wednesday of every month. Hot food delivery to Resurrection at 1 pm. Serving at Grassroots from 1:30-4 pm.

  • Poor Boxes: 5 times throughout the year.

  • Supply requests as needed.

Where do we serve?

Ministry history                   

While Resurrection parish has been supporting Grassroots through the annual Cold Weather Shelter at St. Paul's for many years, the Hot Meals for the Homeless ministry started in 2017. It has proven to be a very popular ministry with parishioners.

How can I get involved?


Click here to go to the sign-up for complete instructions, recipes, serving needs, etc., and to sign up.

Contact Barbara Watson: or Bob Krasnansky: for more information.


To be put on the "How can I help?" mailing list, CLICK HERE.

Upcoming dates and events:

  • Hot Meals for the Homeless:
    2020 dates: January 15, February 19, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16.

  • Cold Weather Shelter: check bulletin and Resurrection Connections in November and December.

  • Urgent supply needs announced through "How can I help?" alerts. Sign up at link above.

  • Poor Boxes: March 8 for Medicines; March 39 for Emergency Housing Assistance.

Relevant links

Photos and appreciation

From Matt Dixson, the Day Resource Center (DRC) Volunteer Coordinator: “I want to thank everyone who answered the call for tarps! We now have an abundance and the freedom to give tarps to anyone who needs them. You are all amazing!"