Assistance Center of Towson Churches


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A large crowd gathered in the afternoon on Saturday, June 9 at Valley Baptist Church to honor Cathy Burgess following her retirement after 17 years as the awesome executive director of ACTC. For those who could not attend, here are links to two YouTube videos showing some highlights of her journey, "Cathy Burgess Retires: A 17-Year Journey," as well as highlights of her party, "Cathy Burgess Retirement Party."

Honor Cathy Burgess at a party to thank her for 17 years of dedicated service as ACTC's director, whose loving leadership helped make life better for thousands of people. Mark Saturday, June 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. on your calendar and join the festivities that day at Valley Baptist Church, 1401 York Road, Lutherville. RSVP by Friday, June 1 at 410-296-4855 or


Mark your calendar the second Wednesday of every month, 6-7 p.m., as the date and time to join the Wine Enthusiasts Club, an ACTC fundraiser at Cafe Troia, 3l Allegheny Ave. in Towson. There you can sample four different wines with hors d'oeuvres and enjoy mingling while supporting ACTC for only $10 (Troias donates all proceeds to ACTC). Free valet parking is available, and free meter parking in front of the building is available starting at 6 p.m. Please RSVP by calling Troias at 410-337-0133.

Now's the season that ACTC gears up to make plans for the collection and then the distribution of "Thanksgiving Baskets" to low income families, mostly within its service area, but also to other
agencies that help those in need. Churches have already received their list of food items that should be included along with helpful hints about packing and alternative options for purchasing bags prepacked by local food markets listed below.

The tradition began in 1988, when each of the 30 member churches were asked to donate two baskets for helping 60 families. The good response enabled ACTC to make Thanksgiving brighter for 126 families. The project has grown every year since then. Last year, through the combined efforts of churches, clubs, schools, organizations and individuals, the project benefited 1,839  families in Baltimore County and the city. ACTC clients received bags with a $10 grocery store gift card inside for the purchase of a turkey or ham.

Donated bags of food are to be delivered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday on the 15th through the 17th of November to Memorial Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 W. Allegheny Ave., where volunteers will assist with unloading. After registering at ACTC, clients can pick up their bags from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memorial Hall on Monday, November 20 or Tuesday, November 21.

Volunteers to help sort, or receive and distribute the bags are needed to help with this large and rewarding project. To help, call 410-296-4855, email, or sign up at the center. Pat Shaw, shown above, center, with two ACTC volunteers, is chairman of the event again this year.

Only put items listed below in your bags
Put heavy cans on the bottom
Mark filled bags "complete"
Mark partially filled bags "incomplete" and list missing items
Use reusable grocery bags or a double brown grocery bag inserted in a double plastic bag
Do not put money or gift cards in the bags - submit contributions to a worker or mail to ACTC
Put items not on the list in a separate bag marked "miscellaneous"

1 can sweet potatoes/yams (23-29 oz.)
2 cans meat/main dish (e.g., beef stew or chili 15-24 oz.)
1 large can fruit (20-30 oz.)
4 cans vegetables (e.g., green beans, peas or corn 15 oz.)
1 cranberry sauce
2 pkg. macaroni and cheese
1 box instant mashed potatoes
1 cake or brownie mix
1 lb. bag or box of rice
1 bag or box of stuffing mix

Purchase prepacked Thanksgiving reusable bags at a reasonable price from one of the supermarkets listed below. Pick up at the Customer Service counter starting November 1 (call to confirm). Please call in advance to order multiple bags. Bring bags to your church for delivery on the dates and times specified above, or take them directly to Trinity on those days and times.

Giant Supermarket (across from Timonium fairgrounds) - $24*
2145 York Road, Timonium, 21093
Monique LaFavors

Giant Supermarket (across from Drumcastle Center) - $24*
6340 York Road, Baltimore, 21212
Judy Simon, Manager

ShopRite - $24
37 Aylesbury Road, Timonium, 21093
Steve Starzynski, Manager

*Subject to change as low as $21 when items are on sale.


At "Harvest Meals 4 the Homeless," a new service that started January 21, 2015, homeless and others are invited to share a free supper every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Mount Calvary Episcopal Church Family Life Center, 349 Eudowood Lane in Towson. For information, call 410-296-9474.

Chicken Divan was the main course for the March 11 community dinner. Volunteers from ACTC and Towson University prepared, served and welcomed 25 guests who enjoyed attending the buffet dinner together. A shuttle bus makes  stops to pick up diners from Virginia Towers and the Towson Library.

Towson Presbyterian Church
offers good food and an escape from bad weather on weekends for the homeless with its complete meal and dessert served Sundays from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the church, 400 West Chesapeake Ave., in the heart of Towson. To attend, please use the Central Avenue entrance.






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