Assistance Center of Towson Churches

ACTC: A community of churches, organizations, and individuals answering A Call to Care

We are...

  • An ecumenical consortium of churches that provides emergency help for neighbors in need in northern and central Baltimore County and northern Baltimore City
  • Supported through generous contributions from organizations, companies, foundations, and individuals in our community

We offer...

  • Daily food for the homeless 
  • Emergency groceries for individuals and families in need
  • Hardship relief
  • Food and support for individuals recently released from prison
  • Outreach and referrals for additional assistance
  • A community of volunteers and neighborhood partners

Find out more about our services.

After a study by the Towson Area Ministerial Association in the early 1980s identified effective ways to meet the needs of people coming to churches for help, 14 area churches joined together to form the Assistance Center of Towson Churches.

The center opened its doors in 1985 to provide emergency help, including food, eviction and utility-cutoff prevention, payment for prescriptions, and lunches for the homeless. Today, with the support of 50 churches and other generous donors, our service area incorporates 19 zip codes in northern and central Baltimore County and northern Baltimore City.

The center operates with a director, an assistant, and a team of more than 60 trained volunteers. 

Learn more about our history.

— "Bear one another's burdens"
Galatians 6:2


   116 W. Pennsylvania Avenue 
   (behind Calvary Baptist Church)
   Towson, MD 21204
Contact us

Regular opening hours:

  • Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

ACTC is closed on major holidays. See the full calendar.

Join Our Community

Receive services:
Those in need are welcomed at our center Monday to Friday during regular opening hours.


  • Email us about upcoming orientation sessions for individual volunteers.
  • Organizations and businesses interested in group volunteering as part of a community service project should contact ACTC's executive director to discuss opportunities.


  • Financial donations can be made securely online:

    To contribute through the United Way of Central Maryland, use ID 6571.
  • Contact ACTC's executive director to discuss offering financial support through grants, planned giving, or other ways.
  • Individual donations of food can be made in person during our regular opening hours. Please refer to the list of nonperishable items that are most needed.
  • Donations of perishable and nonperishable food are gratefully accepted from area grocery stores and other food service operations. Please contact ACTC's executive director if your company or organization would like to provide regular food donations.
  • In-kind donations are gratefully accepted from businesses and organizations in our community. Please contact ACTC's executive director to discuss needs and opportunities.

Thank you to our partners and supporters who have answered a call to care!

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